Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoThe Who‘s Pete Townshend has written a new song that’ll be featured in the upcoming U.K. touring version of the stage production based on the band’s classic 1969 rock opera, Tommy, BBC News reports. Titled “Acid Queen 2,” the tune is described as a “torch song,” and will be performed during the musical’s second act.
Veteran actor Peter Straker, who portrays the sinister, drug-dealing Acid Queen character, will be singing the song in the production, which opens March 30 at New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich. “I’m quite elated about,” Straker tells the BBC. “To have a new song in it is a great honor — I hope I can do it well.”
Regarding his role in the musical, Straker says, “The Acid Queen is a shaman-like character, a very powerful figure…But in Act Two she hasn’t healed Tommy and the song deals with how you deal with fame when it’s faded.”
The new touring edition of The Who’s Tommy features a cast that includes of deaf, disabled and non-disabled performers from the Ramps on the Moon theater program.
Townshend said of the new version of the musical, “[W]hen I heard they planned to do a production featuring actors with disabilities of various kinds, that will actually throw new light on the original story, I became very excited.”
He added, “This is a totally new adventure, and really does refer back to my original story in which a young man, disabled by extreme trauma, finds his way to some kind of spiritual place because he can FEEL music. I can’t wait to see it.”
The Who’s Tommy tour will feature a limited number performances in six U.K. cities, and will wrap up July 1 at Sheffield Theatres in Sheffield.
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