FYI, the Kennedy Center's production of The Who's Tommy started last night, runs through Monday. This is the latest in the Broadway Center Stage series, the semi-staged Broadway series.This run stars Casey Cott as Tommy, Christian Borle and Mandy Gonzalez as Captain Walker and Mrs. Walker, Manu Narayan as Uncle Ernie, Kimberly Nichole as The Gypsy, and Wesley Taylor as Cousin Kevin. Staging was very interesting, simple use of mirrors and box props to act as doors, furniture, etc. Full costumes and no one carried a script, even though Wednesday was the first performance and the use of scripts is noted in the Playbill. The orchestra was seated on stage in a "mini pit" with ramps built around them. Very minimal scenery with projections setting each scene, unlike more staged shows (The Music Man) in the series.Production was excellent, though in my opinion, the second act of Tommy is a bit of a mess.
Seeing it tonight - my first time seeing Tommy. Will report back.
Marlothom said: "Seeing it tonight - my first time seeing Tommy. Will report back."Yep, was my first time too, though I generally knew the story. Was only familiar with one song ("Pinball Wizard".
We caught it too. Normally love this show - but was disappointed. Misses the mark i many ways. Taylor is strong agree . Some cast good . hoped for a stronger version of this show - production has bland vision.
I agree with the few tepid reviews so far. I bought tickets to this because it was so thrilling to see Jessie Mueller in The Music Man, that I wanted to see Christian and Mandy in a new production up close and personal (and I was in the 2nd row) but I didn't realize their parts were "not as flashy". It was fine.
Marlothom said: "I agree with the few tepid reviews so far. I bought tickets to this because it was so thrilling to see Jessie Mueller in The Music Man, that I wanted to see Christian and Mandy in a new production up close and personal (and I was in the 2nd row)but I didn't realize their parts were "not as flashy". It was fine."Yep, I wasn't planning on going until they announced Christian Borle's casting. I've always wanted to see him. Agree with everyone else that Wesley Taylor was the star of this; he's the one character that seem fully fleshed out. The mom staying with the Captain after the event at the top of the show made ZERO sense. I just don't think this show holds up very well.
The Washington Post's review is up: Peter Marks calls it the best production in the two years of the Broadway Center Stage series.https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/i-could-have-rocked-all-night-to-the-whos-tommy-at-the-kennedy-center/2019/04/26/7754f23e-67ce-11e9-a1b6-b29b90efa879_story.html?utm_term=.239f7e81d7d1
Can someone please let me know how CASEY COTT was? (He played Tommy) He stars on Riverdale and doesn't usually do musical theatre (unlike his brother Corey) so I'm curious, and no one has commented about him yet.
I adored it. The score sounded the best it has ever sounded and the cast was first rate. Casey Cott started out a little shaky with "Amazing Journey" but nailed "Sensation" and all of Act 2. Mykal Kilgore gave the greatest rendition of "Eyesight to the Blind" I've ever heard and while I appreciated Wesley Taylor's energy and characterization, the accent rivaled Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins.TOMMY essentially boils down to two main messages-- Secrets kill spiritual growth and fake celebrity needs to be rejected. For me, TOMMY is more relevant now than it ever has been. Yes, there are parts that never work ("Welcome" and parts that need to be rewritten (the mini-scene right before "We're Not Gonna Take It", but it still packs a hell of a punch and I'm dying for it to be revived.
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