Quadrophenia (The Musical)
New Theatre, Cardiff
15 July 2009

Lineage: SP-BMC-2 -> Tascam DR-1 (16/44.1) -> SDHC Card -> CDWave -> MacFLAC -> DIME

The Who's legendary album comes to the stage in an explosive, rocking new production.

Singing Cast:
Ryan O'Donnell (Jimmy/Romantic)
George Maguire (Jimmy/Tough Guy)
Jack Roth (Jimmy/Lunatic)
Rob Kendrick (Jimmy/Hypocrite)
Sean Croke (Mod)
Daniel Curtis (Mod)
Lillie Flynn (Guardian Angel)
Ryan Gage (Ace Face)
Kirsty Malone (Mum)
Brennan Reece (Mod)
Iris Roberts (Guardian Angel)
Tom Robertson (Gang Leader)
John Schumacher (Dad)
Dawn Sievewright (Guardian Angel)
Kevin Wathen (The Godfather)
Sydney Rae White (The Girl)

Elliott Ware (MD/Piano)
Tim Whiting (Keyboards/Deputy MD)
James Canty (Guitars)
Nick Kendall (Guitars)
Steffan Iestyn Jones (Bass Guitar)
Greg Pringle (Drums)
Miriam Davis (Violin)
Anna Menzies (Cello)
Owain Harries (Trumpet/Flugel)

(ACT/CD 1)
1. I Am The Sea
2. The Real Me
3. Quadrophenia
4. Cut My Hair
5. My Generation
6. I Can't Explain
7. Substitue
8. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
9. The Punk and the Godfather
10. I'm one
11. The Dirty Jobs
12. Helpless Dancer
13. Is It In My Head?
14. Love Reign O'er Me (Girl Version)

(ACT/CD 2)
15. 5:15
16. I'm The Face
17. Sea and Sand
18. Zoot Suit
19. So Sad About Us
20. Drowned
21. Bell Boy
22. Doctor Jimmy
23. I've Had Enough
24. Love Reign O'er Me
25. Curtain Call

If all you know of Quadrophenia is the film, prepare to be disappointed or confused - this is very much the album on stage with a few early Who tracks filling in for setting/location purposes. If you like the album, it's sad to see The Rock go but this is a fantastically arranged and brilliantly sung version.

Despite a couple of mic gaffes (as you can hear in My Generation), this is a fantastic sounding production which captures the feel and spirit of the album - no surprise since Townshend himself was a supervisor and consultant on it. The sound at the theatre was nice and loud and only clips the recorder seriously at the end of Love Reign O'er Me though I didn't do a good job of keeping my hands far enough away when clapping between songs so pops a bit then.

You may also wish to tweak the bass a bit. I don't have a battery box and the drums are definitely strong on this but so was Keith in concert.

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Next release: Ray Davies' Come Dancing, 2008 London