‘Beatlemania Revisited’, a new Canadian-based international touring show, recreates the look, sound and excitement of the Fab Four’s live performances.
This unique musical and theatrical event features a combination of talented European and North American cast members in the roles of John, Paul, George and Ringo. Leading the cast is Ian Garcia who has performed worldwide as Sir Paul and is a current member of the international box office smash ‘Rain’.In the role of Ringo Starr is Mark Matthews. Originally from London UK, Matthews is also known in Canada for his original musical works and is a 2010 Juno Award winner. A veteran of the musical stage, his uncanny portrayal of the Beatles’ drummer has resulted in many rave reviews. Peter Grant, a talented multi-instrumentalist and self-confessed ‘Beatle fanatic’ has performed alongside numerous Canadian artists and has travelled three continents performing The Beatles songbook. His guitar skills matched with his onstage enthusiasm and wit make him a natural in the role of George Harrison. Rounding out the cast is Belfast, Northern Ireland native Colum Henry who captures the energy and humour of John Lennon to perfection. Of course, no Beatles related performance would be complete without the musical contributions of producer George Martin and keyboardist Billy Preston. The ‘fifth Beatle’ role is handled by multi-talented musical director and keyboardist John Brocksom.
Beatlemania Revisited is a family oriented, audience-interactive performance that will have fans laughing, singing, dancing and clapping along throughout the show. Musically, the show features ‘note-for-note’ song recreations by the cast who are further augmented with full costumes along with vintage instruments and equipment. Focusing mainly on The Beatles’ live performances, the show kicks off with their electrifying first appearance on the Ed Sullivan television show in February 1964, taking the audience through five years of the Beatles’ era and concluding with their famous January 1969 ‘roof top’ concert. Along the way, Beatlemania Revisited takes in a total of 35 timeless favourite songs.
The show will be presented at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre in Pictou on June 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the box office.