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Beatles tribute show 'Rain' to open on Broadway

June 8, 2010 | 12:38 pm


The Fab Four are heading back to Broadway.

"Rain," a tribute show to the Beatles, is set to open at the Neil Simon Theatre on Oct. 26 for an 11-week run. The show has toured the country in recent years, playing at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood in 2009.

The show is scheduled to play at the recently renovated Fox Theatre in Riverside in September and to return to the Pantages in April 2011.

In a review of "Rain," the Times' Randy Lewis wrote that the show "offers an impressive approximation of the group, which easily will captivate casual fans, and is more than respectful and accomplished enough to please, please Beatlemaniacs too."

The Broadway engagement will feature musicians Joey Curatolo, Joe Bithorn, Ralph Castelli, Steve Landes and Mark Lewis. The show, which is performed entirely live, is expected to include major hits from the Beatles' discography. In addition, the production features multimedia video projections of documentary film and other footage.

This isn't the first time a Beatles tribute band has played Broadway. "Beatlemania" ran at various theaters for more than 1,000 performances in the late '70s and spawned touring productions. But Broadway and the Beatles haven't always mixed well. "Lennon," a musical that opened in 2005 at the Broadhurst Theatre, received scathing reviews and closed after just 49 regular performances.

-- David Ng

Photo: Cast members of "Rain" at the Pantages Theater in 2009. Credit: Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times