The Good Doctor

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If you like green eggs and ham, you may want to feast on an upcoming movie about author and illustrator Theodor Geisel, better known to generations of young readers as Dr. Seuss.

"Seuss" will be directed by Stephen Chbosky, who recently helmed "Wonder," a heartwarming family drama starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

The biopic will chronicle the life and career of Geisel in the 1920s, long before he put a hat on a cat or heard a Who.

Dr. Seuss' first book, "And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street," was published in 1937. But 20 years would pass before he wrote two of his best-known books in 1957, "The Cat in the Hat" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." "Green Eggs and Ham" followed three years later.

Dr. Seuss wrote more than 60 children's books that have sold 600 million copies worldwide. He was 87 when he died of oral cancer in 1991.

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By Kevin Haynes |

Channeling Gregory Peck

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Jeff Daniels just got an early birthday present: the starring role in this fall's Broadway production of "To Kill a Mockingbird."

The veteran actor, who turns 63 on February 19, will play attorney Atticus Finch, the part made famous by Gregory Peck in a 1962 movie based on Harper Lee's enduring 1960 novel about racism in rural Alabama. Peck won the Academy Award for Best Actor.

The drama, adapted for the stage by prolific playwright and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, will open December 13 at a yet-to-be-named Broadway theater. Previews begin November 1.

Daniels starred in Sorkin's HBO series "The Newsroom," which aired from 2012-2014.

No word yet on who will play Boo Radley, the mysterious neighbor portrayed by Robert Duvall in his movie debut.

But there is sure to be considerable head scratching over the decision to cast adults as the children central to the plot of "Mockingbird."

Celia Keenan-Bolger, 40, will play Finch's daughter Scout, the impish tomboy and 6-year-old narrator of the novel. Gideon Glick, 29, has been cast as Dill, the boy inspired by Lee's childhood friend Truman Capote.

By Kevin Haynes |

Throwback: Linda Ronstadt

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A pioneer of alternative country music in the early 1970s, Linda Ronstadt changed her tune and became one of rock's first divas by uttering three little words that sent chills down the spines: "You're No Good."

The taut takedown—"Feeling better now that we're through/Feeling better 'cause I'm over you"— topped the Billboard Hot 100 this week in 1975.

It was the then-28-year-old singer's first hit as a solo artist and would prove to be the only No. 1 single in a career that came to an end in 2011 when the 11-time Grammy Award winner was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. But the breakthrough smash established the template that would net Ronstadt another sweet 16 Top 40 singles over the next 15 years, all of them cover songs.

"You're No Good," written by Clint Ballard Jr., was originally recorded in 1963 by two different soul singers, Dee Dee Warwick and Betty Everett, whose version peaked at No. 51. (She fared even better with her next single, "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)," which soared to No. 6 in the spring of 1964.)

Despite its success, Ronstadt made no secret of the fact that she didn't particularly like her rendition of "You're No Good," which kicked off her 1974 album "Heart Like a Wheel," the first of five consecutive platinum albums in the '70s.

"I didn't sing it very well," she told the Los Angeles Times in 1983. "As a song it was just an afterthought. It's not the kind of song I got a lot of satisfaction out of singing."

Hard to believe that when the perfectionist with a four-octave range was saying "You're No Good," she may have actually been talking to herself.

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By Kevin Haynes |

Let There Be Rock

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Chris Rock has long been a one-man band on stage, but he's happy to be shaking things up on "Tamborine," the new stand-up special that started streaming today on Netflix.

"Sometimes you sing lead, and sometimes you're on tambourine," says the 53-year-old comedian and former member of "Saturday Night Live." "And if you're on tambourine, play it right.... No one wants to see a mad tambourine player."

Rock's jingle-jangle metaphor stems from his role in the breakup of his 18-year marriage in the wake of his infidelity and porn addiction. "It's my fault," Rock says. "I didn't listen. I wasn't kind. I had an attitude. I thought, 'I pay for everything, I can do what I want'.... I didn't play the tambourine."

Reality later hit him with the boom of a bass drum. "When guys cheat," says Rock, "it's like we want something new. But then you know what happens? Your woman finds out, and now she's new—she is never the same again. So now you have new, but you have a bad new."

And now fans have a new Rock and a bad-ass new special. "I brought this shit on myself," he confesses, "and you've got to learn some lessons. Some man lessons."

By Kevin Haynes |

"Hoorah!"

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus is giving breast cancer the middle finger and her health a thumbs-up today in her first post-operative report on social media.

"Hoorah!" the 56-year-old star of "Veep" and "Seinfeld" said in a Twitter post. "Great doctors, great results, feeling happy and ready to rock after surgery. Hey cancer, 'Fuck you!'"

Louis-Dreyfus has undergone two rounds of chemotherapy since she was diagnosed with breast cancer five months ago.

All systems are go for filming the seventh and final season of HBO's "Veep." The network told The Hollywood Reporter that the production schedule will be tailored to accommodate Louis-Dreyfus, who has won six consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

By Kevin Haynes |

They Love Rock 'n Roll

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Get a load of this rock and roll odd couple coming soon to an amphitheater near you: Punk princess Joan Jett & the Blackhearts are heading out on tour this summer with Styx, the honeysuckle synth band famous for 1970s hits like "Come Sail Away" and "Babe."

The two very different acts will co-headline a summer tour that begins May 30 in Irvine, California, the first of 27 shows on the schedule. The curtain comes down July 15 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey.

Tickets for most shows go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. on Live Nation's website.

Jett, 59, broke out in the mid-'70s with the Runaways, a tough-as-leather teenage girl band best known for the 1976 single "Cherry Bomb." She later fronted her own band, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, whose hits include "I Love Rock 'n Roll," "Bad Reputation,' "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)" and a Top 10 cover of "Crimson and Clover" in 1982.

Jett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Styx's progressive pop rock synthesized five consecutive Top 10 albums from 1977 to 1983, including the No. 1 "Paradise Theatre." The Chicago-based band, formed in 1972, had 16 Top 40 singles, from 1973's "Lady" to 1991's "Love at First Sight." Eight Styx songs reached the Top 10; "Babe" was No. 1 for two weeks in December 1979.

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By Kevin Haynes |

Remembering Marty Allen

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Back in the day when comedians routinely worked in pairs, Marty Allen played off his straight man, singer Steve Rossi, with madcap energy and a signature greeting, "Hello dere!"

His eyes bugged out and rolled, his frazzled hair stood seemingly on end. But Allen, who died of pneumonia Monday at 95, generated enough laughs and electricity to light up a room and black-and-white TVs throughout the 1960s as the Lou Costello to Rossi's Bud Abbott, the Jerry Lewis to his partner's Dean Martin, the Tommy Smothers to brother Dick.

Allen & Rossi played Las Vegas and nightclubs nationwide, but they were most famous for their frequent appearances on talk shows and variety hours, especially "The Ed Sullivan Show." The duo had the unenviable task of appearing after the Beatles—twice—and pulled it off each time. Once, in September 1965, Allen careened throughout the studio audience as Rossi reworked an early Beatles hit into a sweet crowd pleaser, "We Love You." Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Allen & Rossi went their separate ways in 1968 but would reunite in 1983 and perform until the cusp of the '90s. Allen also popped up on game shows like "The Hollywood Squares" and acted in assorted TV movies, situation comedies and dramas ("The Big Valley"). He later put together a new lounge act with his second wife, singer Karon Kate Blackwell.

She survives him, but Rossi doesn't. He died of cancer in 2014 at 82.

Now, four years later, Allen and Rossi are reunited once again for the last time.

Goodbye dere.

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By Kevin Haynes |

Shine On

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Peter Frampton is coming alive again, this time with a little help from another 1970s hit machine, the Steve Miller Band.

The two guitarists will share the bill all summer long on a nationwide tour that kicks off June 12 in Evansville, Indiana. The 38-show odyssey wraps up August 25-26 in Woodinville, Washington.

Frampton and Miller will perform separate sets but jam together at some point in the show.

Frampton, 67, first gained attention for his work with Humble Pie in 1969, but he broke though in a big, big way as a solo artist with the 1976 double album "Frampton Comes Alive." It sold more than 11 million copies worldwide and spawned three hit singles, "Show Me the Way," "Baby, I Love Your Way" and "Do You Feel Like We Do."

Miller, 74, notched nine Top 40 hits from 1973-1982, including three No. 1 singles, "The Joker," "Rock'n Me" and "Abracadabra." He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

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By Kevin Haynes |

Remembering Vic Damone

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Vic Damone, one of the last smooth crooners of the post-World War II era, died of respiratory disease Sunday in Miami. He was 89.

The Brooklyn-born singer topped the charts only once—in 1949, with "You're Breaking My Heart"—but he enjoyed a long career as a recording artist, nightclub performer and occasional actor in movies and TV shows, including an episode of "The Dick Van Dyke Show."

Frank Sinatra once said Damone possessed "the best pipes in the business."

Damone earned similar praise from contemporaries like Tony Bennett, Perry Como and Dean Martin. His signature songs included 1956's "On the Street Where You Live" from the Broadway musical "My Fair Lady" and the theme from "An Affair to Remember," the classic 1957 movie starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.

Damone almost became part of film lore in "The Godfather." He was initially offered the role of Johnny Fontane, the heartthrob singer who asks for his godfather's help in securing a key role in a war movie. But the role eventually went to another Italian-American crooner, Al Martino.

Damone was married five times, including to actress Diahann Carroll (they divorced in 1996 after nine years) and fashion designer Rena Rowan, who died in 2016. Survivors include three daughters with actress Judy Rawlins and six grandchildren.

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By Kevin Haynes |

Throwback: Al Green

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It took Al Green five minutes to write the lyrics to "Let's Stay Together" in the autumn of 1971—and mere seconds to decide he didn't want to record it.

For two days, the then 25-year-old soul singer butted heads with his producer, Willie Mitchell, who had written the music with drummer Al Jackson Jr. and was convinced there was something special about both the groove and the message, its resolve to hang in there, "whether times are good or bad, happy or sad."

Green eventually relented, but then hated what he dismissed as his "thin" falsetto. A fresh argument ensued over whether the song should even be released. "He thought 'Let's Stay Together' was not a hit," Mitchell later said, claiming the tune was responsible for "the only fight" he ever had with Green.

Rev. Al would later have to confess he was wrong—big-time. "Let's Stay Together," debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 100 in November 1971 and inched its way up to the top spot on February 12, 1972, ending "American Pie's" month-long stranglehold on No. 1. It also reigned over the R&B charts for nine weeks and, in 2011, was ranked No. 60 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Forty-six years after its heyday, "Let's Stay Together" remains the only No. 1 hit of Green's nearly 50-year career. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

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By Kevin Haynes |

Love Is a Roseanne

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"It's always something," Roseanne Roseannadanna liked to say in the early days of "Saturday Night Live"—and the latest something is something special for fans of the comedian who created the wacky character, Gilda Radner.

A new documentary, "LOVE Gilda," will open the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 15 at the Beacon Theater.

Using Radner's own words, the film chronicles the short, funny life of the Emmy-winning charter member of SNL's Not Ready for Prime Time Players from 1975 to 1980.

Director Lisa D'Apolito had access to Radner's personal audiotapes, diaries and home videos as well as her 1989 autobiography, "It's Always Something."

The source material is supplemented by interviews with SNL creator Lorne Michaels and cast members past and present, including Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Cecily Strong.

Radner was 42 and married to actor Gene Wilder when she died of ovarian cancer in 1989.

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By Kevin Haynes |

News Flash

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Huey Lewis and the breaking news: A musical based on the 1980s hit machine is being developed for the stage.

"Heart of Rock and Roll" will showcase many of the San Francisco band's 19 Top 10 hits, including "If This Is It," "The Power of Love" and, no doubt, "I Want a New Drug."

No word yet on the story line or when the show will premiere. The jukebox musical will be directed by Gordon Greenberg, who recently revived "Holiday Inn" at Studio 54 in New York.

Huey Lewis and the News are among a growing number of pop stars to inspire a stage show. Jimmy Buffet's "Escape to Margaritaville" opens March 15 at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway, where it will soon be joined by "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical," "The Cher Show" and the Go-Go's tribute "Head Over Heels."

Also in the works are musicals based on the songs of the Bee Gees, Pet Benatar, Petula Clark, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Meat Loaf, Alanis Morissette, Diana Ross, the Temptations and Tina Turner.

If this is it, as Huey Lewis sang, please let me know.

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By Kevin Haynes |

Déjà Vu All Over Again

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A Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young reunion is "possible," says David Crosby, even though the contentious foursome is united these days only in their contempt of President Donald Trump.

"We don't like each other," Crosby, 76, says of his three former bandmates in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, "but we like Trump a whole lot less."

The four Rock and Roll Hall of Famers haven't performed together since a 2013 benefit concert for the Bridge School, a nonprofit organization co-founded by Young's ex-wife, Pegi.

"We haven't gotten along for a while," admits Crosby, who released his seventh solo album, "Sky Trails," last fall. "They're all mad at me. But they all dislike Donald Trump very much, the same way I do. We dislike him intensely because he's a spoiled child who can't do his job. So a reunion is possible."

Crosby, who supported Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign in 2016, also has a message for any Trump supporters who may be interested in attending one of his solo shows or a potential CSN&Y concert: Stay home.

"I don't need them," he says.

By Kevin Haynes |

Making a New Plan, Stan

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Before he sings his final farewell in London this summer, Paul Simon will say goodbye to audiences in the U.S. and Canada this spring.

"Homeward Bound—The Farewell Tour" will kick off May 16 in Vancouver, move down along the West Coast and then head east at a brisk pace, performing a total of 20 shows in 36 nights. The last stop: the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 20.

Tickets go on sale February 9 at 10 a.m. local time.

"I've often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I'd consider bringing my performing career to a natural end," Simon, 76, said in a statement on his website. "Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief."

"I love making music," he added, "my voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, extraordinary group of gifted musicians. I think about music constantly. I am very grateful for a fulfilling career and, of course, most of all to the audiences who heard something in my music that touched their hearts."

Ten days after saying goodbye in the U.S., Simon will tour Europe for two weeks. The final show on the overseas schedule, announced last week, is July 15 in London's Hyde Park with James Taylor & His All-Star Band, Bonnie Raitt and unannounced guests.

For the record, there's one glaring omission on Simon's itinerary: his hometown, New York.

Let the speculation begin about a grand finale at Madison Square Garden or one of the city's other high-profile venues.

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By Kevin Haynes |

Into the Magic Night

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A Roy Orbison hologram is about to embark on the first-ever tour by a laser-generated musician, accompanied by a live orchestra.

"In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert" will hit the road in April in England with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the first stops in a tour that is expected to make its way to the U.S. this fall.

A 68-second clip of 3-D Orbison singing his signature 1964 hit, "Oh, Pretty Woman," has been posted online by Rolling Stone.

The estate of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who died of a heart attack at 52 in 1988, has approved the venture. "For our family, it was an amazing emotional experience to see this for the first time," said son Alex Orbison, "and we know audiences worldwide will have the same reaction."

Mercy.

By Kevin Haynes |

Was It Foul Play?

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Did Robert Wagner pull an O.J.?

The County Sheriff's office in Los Angeles is now calling the 87-year-old actor a "person of interest" in the 1981 drowning death of his wife, Natalie Wood.

"As we've investigated the case over the last six years, I think he's more of a person of interest now," Lt. John Corina tells CBS News' "48 Hours" in an episode airing Saturday at 10 p.m. ET/PT. "I mean, we know now that he was the last person to be with Natalie before she disappeared."

"Do you believe Natalie Wood was murdered?" asks correspondent Erin Moriarity.

"I think it's suspicious enough to make us think that something happened," Corina says.

Details have been as murky as the water off California's Catalina Island on November 29, 1981, the night Wood disappeared from her family's yacht, Splendour.

But here's what is known:

Wood was 43 when she boarded the yacht with Wagner, her "Brainstorm" co-star Christopher Walken and the boat's captain. She was notoriously fearful of dark water.

Her death was initially ruled an accident, but the investigation was reopened in 2011 by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. A year later, the coroner's office reclassified the cause of death as "drowning and other undetermined factors." The autopsy report notes there were a number of fresh bruises on Wood's body.

Wagner's account of the night's events has shifted over the years, and he has refused to speak with investigators since the case was reopened. Walken has reportedly cooperated.

"I think he's constantly changed his story a little bit," says Corina. "And his version of events just doesn't add up."

Stay tuned.

By Kevin Haynes |

Reelin' and Rockin'

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Roll over, Beethoven, and tell Tchaikovsky the news: There are two Chuck Berry films in the works—a feature-length documentary and a "dramatized biopic."

Billboard reports that British producer and director Jon Brewer has already started cranking on "Chuck! The Documentary." Once that wraps, he'll start pre-production sometime this summer on a movie about the rock and roll pioneer who could play a guitar like he was ringing a bell.

Brewer, 67, has previously helmed documentaries about a dozen groundbreaking musicians, including "Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark," "B.B. King: The Life of Riley" and "Jimi Hendrix: Guitar Hero."

No word yet on who will play the duck-walking Berry in the movie.

Both projects have received the blessing of Themetta Berry, the widow of the inaugural Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who died last March at 90. Berry's guitar-driven Top 10 hits in the 1950s and early '60s include "Maybellene," "Sweet Little Sixteen," "Johnny B. Goode" and "No Particular Place to Go."

Berry also stirred up controversy when he was arrested in 1959 on charges stemming from his working relationship with a 14-year-old girl at his hometown club in St. Louis. Berry spent more than a year in prison, though a biographer suggests racism influenced the judge and all-white jury. In 1979, Berry returned to prison for 120 days after pleading guilty to tax evasion.

By Kevin Haynes |

Slip Slidin' Away?

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Paul Simon is saying farewell in London this summer, but it's unclear whether that means he's retiring or just saying goodbye to England.

The 76-year-old singer-songwriter is headlining a July 15 show in Hyde Park that's being billed as "Paul Simon: Homeward Bound — The Farewell Performance."

The ad touting the final night of the Barclaycard British Summer Time Festival also lists "very special guests" James Taylor & His All-Star Band and Bonnie Raitt, "plus more to be announced."

Art Garfunkel, perhaps?

"A spokesperson for Simon could not be reached for comment about whether the BST show will be his final British performance or his last show ever," reports Billboard.

"The Farewell Performance," whatever it is, marks Simon's return to the venue where he recorded his latest album and DVD/Blu-Ray, "Paul Simon—The Concert in Hyde Park," released last June.

The outdoor summer festival in London opens July 6 with Roger Waters. The following night's lineup features Steve Winwood, Carlos Santana and headliner Eric Clapton, who has also been the subject of health-related retirement rumors.

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By Kevin Haynes |

Throwback: Ohio Players

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On this day in 1976, the Ohio Players'"Love Rollercoaster" zoomed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, the high point of the playful funk song's wild ride into urban legend as the audio equivalent of a snuff film.

The hit and myth collide 1:24 into the single—2:32 into the extended version on the band's 1975 album "Honey"—when an instrumental stretch is pierced by a high-pitched scream. Word soon spread that it was an actual death rattle, though the rumor mill churned out several decidedly different sources.

It was the wail of a girl falling off a roller coaster, inserted into the mix as a morbid reminder of the song's title. Or the screech of a rabbit getting killed in the studio while the recording session was in progress. Or a clip from a murder caught on tape during a 911 call.

But there was one scenario that gained far more traction. Ester Cordet, the nude model seen pouring honey down her throat on the cover of "Honey," the album that included "Love Rollercoaster," supposedly screamed in agony when the hot, liquefied goo burned her naked body.

But, wait, there's more! An even more gruesome version claimed the injured Cordet stormed into the control room, threatening to sue, and was stabbed to death by the band's manager. The problem with that story: The former Playboy Playmate of the Month (October 1974) is still alive, age 71.

As with most conspiracy theories, the truth is far simpler, if less colorful. Drummer Jimmy "Diamond" Williams said keyboardist Billy Beck was "doing one of those inhaling-type screeches like Minnie Ripperton ("Loving You") did to reach her high note or Mariah Carey does to go octaves above."

But the Ohio Players didn't let the truth get in the way of a hot story. "People were asking us, 'Did you kill this girl in the studio?'" Williams said. "The band took a vow of silence because you sell more records that way."

By Kevin Haynes |

Can You Hear Me?

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Roger Daltrey wants "Tommy" fans to see him, feel him and touch him this summer—this time, with a full orchestra but without the Who.

The 73-year-old singer will perform Pete Townshend's signature rock opera from start to finish a dozen times in 10 cities, accompanied by a local symphony.

The tour opens June 8 with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic on the hallowed ground of 1969's Woodstock Music and Art Fair, the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, New York.

A month later, the final show will be staged at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, with the Cleveland Orchestra.

"I'm really looking forward to singing 'Tommy,' not only with my great backing group, but also some of the finest orchestras in the country," Daltrey said in a statement. "Pete Townshend's rock music is particularly suited to being embellished by the sounds that an orchestra can add to the band."

"Tommy," a double album released in 1969, was the Who's breakout effort, best known for songs like "Pinball Wizard," "I'm Free" and "We're Not Gonna Take It." It inspired the 1975 movie directed by Ken Russell and a Broadway play that ran from 1993 to 1995.

By Kevin Haynes |