Backbeat: The Fab 4 Were Once 5
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The last date listed for Backbeat was Friday March 1, 2013 / 8:00pm.
Currently at Ahmanson Theatre:
- Full Price:
- $65.00 - $99.00
- Our Price:
- $39.00 - $59.00
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Now it's going on the road with members of the Broadway cast, a 23-piece orchestra and new interpretations of legendary songs from the original Porgy and Bess, like "Summertime," "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "I Got Plenty of Nothing." Porgy and Bess debuted in 1935 as a groundbreaking opera starring an entire cast of classically trained African-American singers performing the classical, jazz and folk music of George and Ira Gershwin. Now, the stirring tale of African-American life in South Carolina's fictional Catfish Row has been transformed into a modern musical by a powerhouse Broadway team: Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog), and two-time Obie Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray (Running Man). Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
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.” —Sunday Express (London)
“This show has it all.” —The Daily Star
“A dynamic blast evoking the Beatles’ raw musical potential.” —The Independent (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.