Will ‘Glee’ Rock Out to The Who’s ‘Tommy’?
Because devoting an hour to the late Whitney Houston just wasn’t enough, it looks like FOX’s star-studded ‘Glee‘ is headed back to the tribute well for yet another effort before the season ends. But who are the New Directions setting their sights on this time? Can anyone bring ‘Glee’ out of its teenage wasteland?
According to The Chicago Tribune, ‘Glee’ boss Ryan Murphy is making preparations for an hour-long tribute to The Who’s classic 1969 experimental concept album ‘Tommy,’ which tells the story of a “deaf, dumb and blind” boy who rises to become the leader of a religious movement. In ‘Glee’s heightened world, that doesn’t necessarily sound unbelievable in the slightest.
‘Tommy’ was adapted into a 1975 film featuring the band’s front man Roger Daltrey, mega-star Jack Nicholson, and musical dynamos Tina Turner, Eric Clapton and Elton John. The movie itself eventually became a stage musical penned by Who’s Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff. Reportedly, Who bandmates Peter Townshend and Roger Daltrey are in talks to make appearances in the episode, though nothing has been confirmed at this time.
If true, ‘Tommy’ marks yet another in a long line of musical tribute episodes for ‘Glee,’ Most recently with music legend Michael Jackson, and soon to be with late singer Whitney Houston. ‘Glee’ has also paid tribute to musical shows such as the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show,’ for which stars Barry Bostwick and singer Meat Loaf also made appearances as original characters.
‘Tommy’ might be a little over the heads of ‘Glee’s younger viewers, let alone The Who themselves, but do you think ‘Glee’s latest tribute idea will be a smash? Let us know what songs you’d like to see covered, or simply sing a tune about your thoughts on the show in the comments!