is the grass any bluer...

is the grass any bluer...
on the other side?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Adam Fister IS Tommy

I first saw Adam Fister perform when I went to the reading of Steve Currens' musical adaptation of Gurney Norman's Divine Right's Trip a few months ago at the Downtown Arts Center.

Note: Behind every player in Tommy: The Concert there is a cool story ... so please do check back and see what else I discovered when I dropped in on rehearsals for this musical extravaganza that opens this week at Buster's. Of course, all photos are courtesy of Tommy Eisenhauer, who absolutely is the best friend a writer (and the Arts community) could ever have!  kjt]

Fister was the perfect choice for that role, in fact, he pretty much carried the show on his musical back - and he seems right at home starring in Actors Guild of Lexington's incarnation of the Who's TOMMY as well.  

At last night's rehearsal, Fister was once again impressive, and proved his mettle by singing on-pitch starting from a lying position and standing up during the opening phrases. I don't know about you, but it's hard enough for me to answer the phone and mumble a 'hello' when I'm reclining, let alone sing the notes and lyrics to See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me...  

What is really enjoyable is that Adam allows his character to absorb the moods and actions of the others without distraction - including his scenes with show stopper Leif Rigney as Uncle Ernie and the marvelous Kathy Hobbs, who plays the The Gypsy. 
Acting Artistic Director Eric Seale's corralling of such a great group of talented actors is sure to please and Fister is the rock, the cornerstone if you will, of this show. 

TOMMY: The Concert opens this Thursday at Buster's.  For more details, see me...  ;-)  

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