A Glee-full version of The Who's 'Tommy'?

Saturday, March 17, 2012

"TOMMY, CAN you see me? Tommy, can you hear me?"

Those are the famous lyrics from the 1969 rock opera, "Tommy," sprung from the fertile minds, voices and musicianship of Pete Townsend, Roger Daltrey and the late Keith Moon.

Now we hear that "Glee" producer Ryan Murphy plans a lavish remake of "Tommy" for the hit Fox show that has lost a little of its heat recently. The "Tommy" episode, if it happens, will no doubt run longer than the usual hour. It's hard to imagine something as epic as "Tommy," cut down.

Roger Daltrey, who can still look awfully good in skin-tight denim, and Pete Townsend are expected to make appearances.

P.S. Don't be disappointed if the "Glee" version of "Tommy" is not as lurid as Ken Russell's infamous, excessive 1975 big-screen effort. (That one featured Jack Nicholson, Tina Turner as "The Acid Queen," Elton John as "The Pinball Wizard," Mr. Daltrey as Tommy and Ann-Margret as his mother.)

Ann-Margret received an Oscar nomination for her efforts, not the least of which was being bathed in gallons of baked beans and liquefied chocolate. I don't see anybody on "Glee" going quite that far for their art.

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