Backbeat: The Fab 4 Were Once 5
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Barry Manilow returns to his first love, writing musicals, with the much-anticipated Harmony. This musical story of the world's first hit boy band is based on the true tale of six talented young Germans who came together in the 1920s and took the world by storm. With a signature blend of sophisticated close harmonies and hilarious stage antics, the Comedian Harmonists were an actual group that sold millions of records, starred in films and packed the prestigious concert halls around the globe -- until the rise of Nazi Germany split them apart. Inspired by the story, Manilow and his co-creator, writer-lyricist Bruce Sussman, created this musical with an original score that celebrates this extraordinary group of friends and their quest for true harmony in one of the most discordant periods of world history. Learn More
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Featured review from Adriana RuizRed Velvet
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Good show, great music, interesting portrayal of the formation of the Beatles. Great script peppered with laughs. End felt like a small concert. Lots of fun. My Beatles fanatic husband loved it and I (just a fan) loved it too!
Quotes & Highlights
- "Edgy and cool." --<em>Sunday Express</em> (London)
- "This show has it all." --<em>The Daily Star</em>
- "A dynamic blast evoking the Beatles' raw musical potential." --<em>The Independent</em> (London)
Recommended for audiences ages 13 and up.
Written by Iain Softley and Stephen Jeffreys
Directed by David Leveaux
Produced by Karl Sydow in association with Glasgow Citizens Theatre
Based on the Universal Pictures film by Softley, Michael Thomas and Stephen Ward
The birth of one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands in history is told in the new dramatic musical Backbeat, which will have its American premiere and pre-Broadway presentation at the Ahmanson Theatre.
Backbeat, the story of how the Beatles ‘became’ the Beatles, is co-written by Iain Softley and Stephen Jeffreys, based on the 1994 Universal Pictures film by Softley, Michael Thomas and Stephen Ward. Backbeat is directed by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux.
Featuring the all-time rock ‘n’ roll classics that the Beatles cut their teeth on – “Money,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Twist and Shout,” “Good Golly Miss Molly,” “Please Mr. Postman,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Music” and more, Backbeat is set in 1960 when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best (the drummer before Ringo Starr joined the group) and Stuart Sutcliffe (the band’s original bassist) embarked on their journey from the docks of Liverpool to the red light district of Hamburg. There they worked in the clubs of the tawdry Reeperbahn, performing rock ‘n’ roll covers night after night, all the while honing what would become the Beatles’ sound.