The Society of Cool
I wondered if any of you guys had gone to see this stage production when it toured the UK a few years back. I am not by any stretch a QUADROPHENIA hater. I loved the labum as a 10 year old kid in 1973 when my Uncle brought it in as he was a big WHO fan. Of course as a teenager I saw the film and still have a soft spot for it now even. I know it isn't, and was never meant to be a template or definitive story of Mods in the 1960s. It was rather a story of a teenage lad facing all the problems any kid faces growing up whether he be a Mod or whatever and that is where I think some people get hold of the wrong end of the stick with this film but that is another thing anyway. Anyway the stage play was spectacularly staged and endorsed fully by The Who and Townsend in particular. I went down to see it in Brighton and although there was a full house and a polite and responsive reception it really just never hit the mark for me. I say that as a bloke who has seen quite a few of the big London musicals including TOMMY and who has seen The Who perform QUADROPHENIA a number of times. I also tried to judge it on its own merits too with no comparison to anything I'd seen before but given the heritage of QUADROPHENIA that was hard to do. I really wanted to like it but it just never worked for me as a stage show. I guess that was the general feeling as it sort of died a death after the provincial tour and never made London's West End which is what the backers of course hoped for. So did any of you see it and if so what did you think.
The Who toured the album in 73/74 as a live performance but the 2009 stage version was the first time it was done as a play/musical type thing. The Who also did gigs with guest artists singing but again that was not a musical in the truest sense.
i thought the stage show was better than the film you got a better insight to jimmy
the band that played the songs were brilliant note for note an all it was excellent
Loved the stage show - more equated to the album than the film ever was. In saying that I'm a huge fan of the film too.
I never went to the stage show as I absolutely hate musicals. Since then I have heard mixed reviews and sort of feel I should have went, even just to form my own opinion.
Yes Chris, no way I´d go and see a musical of any kind! They´re absolute s***, mod content or not!
Went through to Edinburgh to see it with a few of the CVS lads, I'd been told not to expect it to be like the film before i went , so i was'nt surprised that it was so different, I think it stood up well on it's own as a play, and must agree with geordie dave about the band, thought they were excellent, so i did enjoy it, we also done the ride out when it came to Glasgow, must have been close on a hundred scooters running about the city on the opening night. happy days.
Interesting to hear others opinion who actually saw it as most of my mates didn't even want to bother going. Despite making a weekend of it in Brighton I couldn't get them off their backsides to come. Like I say I was generally not taken with it but agree whole heartedly when you guys talk about the young band who played the 'Who' music. I know there was a proper orchestra in the pit below but the kids up there playing the stuff live were top class.
I saw it on 5th September 2009 at the Theatre Royal Brighton. I thoought the band was very good indeed and in general terms, I LOVED IT!!!
I loved it too and agree with everyone that the musicians were amazing! I'd definitely go see it again if they ever toured again.
I went to see the stage show in the Kings Theatre Glasgow, it was an excellent evening, early summer sunshire, over a 100 scooters driving thru the city centre. It got even better when we arrive and where handed free tickets to the show, to good a chance to pass up, as some of my pals had already paid to go on other nights.
The Glasgow Evening times where there, taking photos and doing interviews. They then published a great double page spread on the following saturday.
I thought the stage show was outstanding, and true to the concept of the original LP. The young performers where excellent and well deserved their standing ovation at the end.
Only down side was riding home with just a t shirt as the temp had dropped a wee bit.
Just my view.
You should at least have worn a pair of trousers Paul. Your lucky you were not caught by the fuzz ha ha
i did have flip flops on Chris LOL