Tommy Backstage - See Me Feel Me
Me, Hear Me, Feel Me"
Having the precedent of Roger Daltrey is a
weight but not something that was ever really considered in this production. I
was never encouraged to be him or imitate him. In the movie - Roger Daltrey just
spends a lot of time sort of wandering around blind. I spent a fair amount of
time with Pete not so much discussing the role of Tommy, but soaking up his thoughts
and energies about all kinds of things.
He brought me to London and showed me his old neighborhoods and old Who stomping
grounds. We played music together and parties in NY and on his solo tour. The
work he left to me with occasional suggestions. La Jolla is a great place to work
and creating Tommy was a challenging but natural fit. I did
research into Autism, listened to lots of music and looked into myself for where
Tommy and I met.
- Michael Cerveris
Basically - Tommy is a passive hero and nothing happens to him so it's very
difficult to make the character 3 dimensional and I think Michael's battling it
- with that the same way I was.
- Roger Daltrey
Tommy is a magnificent character because he is born whole at twenty.
- Des McAnuff
Lighting evokes different emotions and states of mind, and in creating the
lighting for Tommy's world I tried to underscore his traumatic state through the
use of color. His interior world was filled with heavy, unreal colors so I often
used strong, saturated color combinations.
- Chris Parry, Lighting Designer
to Tommy Main
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