Arts Deaf, Dumb, and Blind
posted by June 11 at 13:31 PMon
I exchanged e-mails with this guy who plays in the band in Village Theater’s production of Tommy. Given last week’s hilarious brouhaha about my spoof review, I’m posting the exchange.
Sent: Fri, June 8, 2007 9:11 am
Subject: The Who’s Tommy
I recently read your review of Issaquah’s “The Who’s Tommy,” and it certainly inspires questions. First, I won’t hide - I play in the band for the show. Having said that, I’m not writing this to go on the offensive. I read all reviews with respect for the reviewer’s opinion, and I take no offense if a reviewer dislikes a production for any reason.
I do have to ask, how familiar are you with the story and history of “Tommy?” The show is certainly not a new work, as you state in your review (“new musical premiering…”, having originally been written by The Who in 1968, produced as
an Opera (by the Seattle Opera company in 1970), a movie in 1975 (starring Ann-Margret, Elton John, Jack Nicholson, Eric Clapton, and others), and as a Bro adway hit in 1992 winning five Tony awards, including best score. Each production includes necessary story elements, including the Acid Queen, World War 2, and Pinball. All I can conclude from reading your review is that you are not familiar with Tommy, nor with the Who in general.
Again, I’m not here to convince you that your opinion of the show is right or wrong. The public decides this for themselves, and given that other mainstream reviews have been positive and ticket sales are brisk, I think success speaks for itself. You don’t have to like the show at all, but I have to admit - your review does read as if you did not do your homework. Sorry to say. Responses and open discussion welcome.
John High, and no I’m not a “self-indulgent Issaquah Hippie.”
I’m 400 million years old. I’ve had The Who’s Tommy in my record collection since I was 12. It was a joke. I didn’t like the shows devout veneration of classic rock. That worship contradicted Tommy’s whole point. Townshend wrote Tommy because he was freaked out by the fact that rock was turning teens into zombie fans. He was spoofing rock worship. But the Village theater show goes as far as to end with rock icons as deities. That move represented everything the show was against. Since you guys were so hung up on the power of classic rock, I figured I’d spoof you by saying your show was derivative of Radiohead.
Nice. thanks for the response. I’ll be sure to share with the guys….