Beatles' Musical Ticket to Ride with Tribute Band Hard Day's Night
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Featured review from Elaine Jones
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The show was terrific, not just music but also a script outlining the Beatles' rise from the Cavern in Liverpool, through their "drug days" in Hamburg, to the Ed Sullivan show, and beyond.
Unfortunately, we picked a day of record-breaking heat, 100 degrees, and the La Habra Depot Theater is not air-conditioned !!
More than a basic Beatles tribute concert, Ticket To Ride takes the audience back to the pivotal moments and locales of the Beatles career. The band’s custom-tailored costumes, vintage instruments, Liverpudlian dialect and precise attention to every detail recreate the magic, music, wit and wisdom of the total Beatle phenomenon. The four band members capture the unique personality, physicality and charm of the Beatle they portray, including the Fab Four’s familiar head bobs, toe taps and patter between songs.
Beginning at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool where they meet their manager, Brian Epstein, the audience continues their journey to venues that include the Ed Sullivan Show, Shea Stadium’s 50,000 + screaming fans, the Abbey Road recording studios and their final live performance on the rooftop of their Apple Corp office building. The character of Brian Epstein, played by Greg Wilmot, will serve as narrator throughout the show.
With a script written by Beatlemania original cast member P.M. Howard, the play’s dialogue rings true. Howard played the role of “George” in the 1977 Broadway production. The show is directed by Danielle Palmer.
“I’ve lived with these characters for most of my life and this is a story I’ve wanted to write for over 30 years.” said Howard.
“As a director, this is a very exciting opportunity to direct the world premiere of a show,” said director Palmer.
“There have been so many different Beatle band concert shows over the years, but in Ticket to Ride, we get a chance to see the Beatles, up close and personal, at crucial moments in their career and hopefully gain a deeper insight into who they really were,” she added.
Since 1997, Hard Days Night has been thrilling audiences with tight harmonies and flawless note for note instrumental renditions of Beatles hits. With more than 1,000 performances, Hard Days Night has honed their show to become one of the most musically and visually satisfying Beatles tribute acts in the world. Managed by Tom Maher who represented Guns and Roses and Slash and currently represents other world class bands (Motorhead), Hard Days Night plays 200 dates per year in North America and Europe. The band members are Southern California natives.
Along with a talented cast of actors, the band will take the audience back to January 1964, when Americans saw the Beatles for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show, playing “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” Progressing through their various musical stages, the audience re-experiences the psychedelic era of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the creation of the haunting “Yesterday” and the raucous rock and roll of “Get Back.”
The show is a fundraiser to support the La Habra Depot Theatre’s summer youth program, with the Hard Day’s Night band playing the three week run for a nominal fee. The Depot is the one of the only community theatres in Southern California that does not charge children to participate in youth shows. Some Orange County theatres charge children up to $850 per child to join a youth show.
“The Depot gives kids from economically disadvantaged families a chance to perform in children’s theatre,” said Whittier native Gilbert Bonilla, who plays John Lennon in the band.
“We are glad we can help out the program,” continued Bonilla, who founded the band 12 years ago.
About the Ticket Supplier: La Habra Depot TheatreThe La Habra Community Theatre began in 1976 as a Children's Theatre project of the City's newly established Cultural Arts Council. The first production was Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. It was performed in La Habra High School's lecture hall since the city did not have a Community Performing Arts Facility.
At the same time, the 1909 Pacific Electric Depot building stood empty and in danger of demolition if it was not restored to a functional role in the community. Planning for its renovation as a Community Performing Arts Facility was initiated by the Mayor of La Habra and supported by the City Council as well as many community members. The "train station", or depot, was then moved across the street to its current location in Portola Park to integrate it into the master plan for the redevelopment of downtown La Habra.
Funding to restore the depot and convert it to a Theatre came largely from the Federal Government Restoration of Historical Landmarks. "The Depot" was declared Orange County Historical Landmark Site #14.
In January of 1980, the Children's Theatre project was expanded to incorporate adult theatre. Then, in July of 1982, the 100 members of the Community Theatre moved into the Depot Playhouse. The first performance in the restored building was the musical Oklahoma. On August 15, 1995 the Depot Playhouse became a non-profit tax-exempt organization and officially became know as Depot Theatre of La Habra. The theatre's board of directors and all production committees are comprised of community volunteers. The Depot Theatre is one of the few community organizations which functions without a single paid staff member.