Three U.S. cities will get to experience
Townsend first brought Classic Quadrophenia to the stage in 2015 with a show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. That was the same year he released an album of the same name, featuring an orchestra version of The Who’s rock opera, which tells the story of a British teen in the mid-’60s named Jimmy and his search for peace while wrestling with four different identities.
The 2015 project was orchestrated by composer and singer/songwriter Rachel Fuller, conducted by Robert Ziegler, and featured The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Townshend, Alfie Boe, Billy Idol and Phil Daniels.
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“I’m thrilled to be bringing Classic Quadrophenia stateside through the month of September,” Townshend said. “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. I couldn’t be more excited to see it continue in the U.S.”
The U.S. outing begins Sept. 2 at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. The Metropolitan Opera House hosts the show for two nights Sept. 9-10. The classic fun wraps up Sept. 16 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
The Lenox show features the Boston Pops Orchestra and Keith Lockhart. The other three nights will be led by conductor Ziegler. A portion of proceeds from the L.A. show will support Teen Cancer America, the charity founded by Townshend and Roger Daltrey.
Citi is hosting a presale for cardholders through its Private Pass program starting June 8 at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets go on sale to the general public June 13 at 10 a.m.
Find out where you can catch The Who on stage this summer by visiting the band’s artist page.