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Michael Cerveris heads the cast as Tommy.
<<Clip from Tommy>>
The cast album of Tommy hits the record stores
tomorrow and Michael Cerveris is here to sing
for us this morning.
Good Morning and welcome!
I was so drained when I saw it.
I don't know how you can do
that six nights a week.
Yeah, I mean it's exhausting.
I never know how exhausting
it is until I sit down in the
dressing room and soaked to
the skin with sweat and then I
realize how tired I am.
But I get so pumped up by the
audience that I'm awake then for
the next three hours.
Hey- we were equally soaked.
I've never seen an audience work like that.
Four standing ovations!
People were screaming all
through the show....
Yeah that's a pretty standard thing.
Do you get a buzz from that?
Yeah - the audience vary from
night to night you know but it's always
a response like that. That kind of enthusiasm.
That kind of immediate uncensored response.
Now that you've the comfort of
these awards resting on your shoulders
- this does give you some comfort...
I'm taking complete breaths
onstage again which is really great.
You are. But was it pretty scary
walking onto that Broadway stage
for the first time? Were you intimidated?
Yeah, I was. But it was really so
much of a process that had begun
a year earlier at La Jolla -
the La Jolla Playhouse that..
Which is where you started testing it..
Yeah where we started.
But I had always been made to feel
by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff,
the director that I wasn't competing with
anybody else- I wasn't trying to erase
images of Roger or anybody
That I was just going to find my way to
be this strange boy.
And that's what I tried to focus on.
Well you certainly have found your
way in my judgement.
Thank you so much for coming.
And what are we going to listen to this morning?
A little "Pinball Wizard"
Great! Hottest number in the show.