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Feb 21 2012

Stage-Building Madness

My friend Craig just posted this insider-look at how the stage for The Who’s Tommy came together. Head on over there if you want to see them go from this:

Tommy Stage Model. Photo by Craig Orsinger for Burien Little Theatre

To this:

Tommy Dress Rehersal. Photos by Craig Orsinger for Burien Little Theatre.

I’m still boggled. And I’m starting to believe Burien Little Theatre is going to have to strike the “little” from its name. Read the whole thing and see if you don’t agree with me.

Aside: I actually watched a concert recording of Tommy the other night. I must be of a youngish generation. It was bizarre seeing Roger Daltrey being the lead singer of The Who. The first time I’d seen him (as opposed to merely hearing him) was as Fitzcairn on the Highlander tv series. Bizarre, but I liked. His stage presence is awesome. I loves me some Roger Daltrey, whether dressed as an immortal or a rock star. He’s one of the most awesome people who’s ever lived.

But, and no offense to The Who, I actually liked BLT’s production better than the concert.

I know, I know. I’m an ungrateful young whippersnapper who don’t appreciate the greats of rock-n-roll properly and all that. But, damn it, BLT did one hell of a job. However, as I haven’t seen the actual movie, I can’t compare that to the theatre production. I still think BLT would come out on top. I’m probably a bit partial.

You can see for yourself every weekend through March 25th. And remember: discounted tix if you wear tie-dye!

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  1. 1
    The Bobs

    So have you never seen the movie “Tommie?” It is a great work of art. Pete Townshend is a genius.

  2. 2
    lockwooddewitt

    Agree with The Bobs… and Tina Turner, both as and singing Acid Queen is just… too perfect.

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    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Kewlness. I’ll admit I’m more interested in the the production and stagecraft which have come highly rated. I have little interest in Tommy itself in any form. Unfortunately, I do not share your enthusiasm for Daltrey. But watch this, it’s hysterical.

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    Kristjan Wager

    Sounds interesting – would love to be able to see the show.

    Regarding Tommy as a movie vs. a play, I think the movie would come out on top – how could any play beat the delightful weirdness of e.g. Pinball Wizard?

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