This September, The Who‘s Pete Townshend will bring the orchestral version of his band’s classic 1973 concept album Quadrophenia to the U.S. for a handful of special performances.
Pete Townshend’s Classic Quadrophenia will be presented on September 2 in Lenox, Massachusetts, September 9 and 10 in New York City and September 16 in Los Angeles.
The show will feature Townshend and, in the lead role of Jimmy, lauded U.K. tenor Alfie Boe performing with accompaniment from an orchestra and a choir. Billy Idol is also part of the cast; he’s played the Ace Face in previous Quadrophenia productions.
The Boston Pops Orchestra, led by conductor Keith Lockhart, will take part in the Lenox concert, while conductor Robert Ziegler will lead the performances in New York and L.A.
“I’m thrilled to be bringing Classic Quadrophenia stateside through the month of September,” says Townshend. “Melding the contrasting sounds of Quadrophenia with a symphony has been a really unique and powerful way to reach a wide audience of classical and pop music lovers alike.”
Tickets for the four shows go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, June 13, at 10 a.m. local time. Citi card holders will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets starting this Thursday, June 8, at 10 a.m. local time.
Classic Quadrophenia premiered in July 2015 at London’s Royal Albert Hall, while an album version of the production was released in June of that year. Townshend’s longtime girlfriend, singer/songwriter Rachel Fuller, created the orchestrations for the project.
The Classic Quadrophenia performances take place after The Who’s North American summer tour, which runs from a July 13 concert in Quebec City through an August 16 show in Stateline, Nevada.
Here are details about the Classic Quadrophenia shows:
9/2 — Lenox, MA, Tanglewood
9/9 — New York, NY, Metropolitan Opera House
9/10 — New York, NY, Metropolitan Opera House
9/16 — Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre
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