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Ahmanson Theatre
at the Music Center 135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012
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4.0 / 5 Rated by 237 members
Review from John Jameson
8 events 5 reviews

I expected a play that would include many Beatles songs as the group developed. But that is definitely not the case. Nobody in my group cared for the play.

reviewed Jan 22 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Jeanine
18 events 3 reviews

The play was rather lengthy and slow. Too much time was spent on the 5th Beatle, Stuart, and not enough about Paul, John, Ringo and George. They were just a part of the band. The best part was the music. Familiar songs were played a little during...continued

reviewed Jan 22 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from SLM
69 events 2 reviews

The show was loud, too loud(and I go to a lot of rock shows but for a play it was distracting). The show also seemed to drag in places and the pace could have been pushed along a little better. The performances weren't bad but a little rough...continued

reviewed Jan 23 2013 report as inappropriate
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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.

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