Today, I'm looking at the principal cast. As I explained in the last blog, the show was billed completely as an ensemble show, with no one considered a lead. But for the purposes of argument and symmetry with the other blog series on Drood, I am considering the Walker family as the principal cast - Uncle Ernie, Cousin Kevin, Captain and Mrs. Walker, and, of course, Tommy.
Anyway, here a look at the Walkers of The Who's Tommy.
Paul Kandel - Uncle Ernie
- Before Tommy: The Visit (1992 revival)
- During Tommy: Mr. Kandel earned a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor for his work on the show.
- After Tommy: Titanic, Jesus Christ Superstar (revival - King Herod)
Anthony Barrile - Cousin Kevin
- Before Tommy: Stand-Up Tragedy
- During Tommy: Barrile, among other things, rolled a "little Tommy" around the stage in a trash can.
- After Tommy: Returned to Broadway this season as a producer of Best Play nominee Next Fall
Jonathan Dokuchitz - Captain Walker
- Before Tommy: Into the Woods (original production - replacement Rapunzel's Prince)
- During Tommy: "Jumped out" of a warplane, killed his wife's lover...
- After Tommy: Company (1995 revival), Dream, Hairspray, The Boys from Syracuse, The Look of Love
Marcia Mitzman - Mrs. Walker
- Before Tommy: Grease (original production - replacement Rizzo), Oliver! (u/s to Patti LuPone), Chess (Svetlana), Welcome to the Club
- During Tommy: Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her work as Mrs. Walker
- After Tommy: Mitzman has no further Broadway credits to date.
Michael Cerveris - Tommy
- During Tommy: Cerveris made his Broadway debut in Tommy, earning a Theatre World award and a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical
- After Tommy: Titanic, Assassins (Tony winner - Best Featured Actor in a Musical), Sweeney Todd (Tony nomination - Best Leading Actor in a Musical), Lovemusik (Tony nomination - Best Leading Actor in a Musical), Cymbeline, Hedda Gabler, In the Next Room: The Vibrator Play
I find it interesting in summary that while the cast as a whole was generally in the same place career-wise when they were brought together as the original cast of Tommy, many cast members really flourished and others simply dropped off the Broadway map.
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