Pete Townshend’s Classic Quadrophenia tour made a stop in New York City over the weekend for a couple of shows at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center on September 9th and 10th. The shows were conducted by Robert Ziegler, who led an outstanding orchestra that was hand picked for the occasion. Ziegler also conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on the original recording of Classic Quadrophenia that was orchestrated by Rachel Fuller and released on Deutsche Grammophon in 2015.
The cast of characters were performed by the same crew as the Tanglewood show, with Alfie Boe taking the lead of Jimmy, Pete playing the Godfather and the Father as well as performing acoustic guitar on "Drowned" and "I’m One", and Billy Idol taking the role of the Ace Face / Bellboy.
Rachel joined everyone on stage at the end of the performance to receive a huge bouquet of flowers. After taking their bows to thunderous applause and a long standing ovation, Alfie, Pete and Billy retook the stage for an encore of "The Real Me".
There are just two shows left on this mini-tour of Classic Quadrophenia. Tickets are still left for the shows at the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago on September 13, and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on September 16. This is truly a special show, so you don’t want to miss it!
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