Rain: The Beatles coming
The tumultuous, heady 1960s will be recreated when Rain: The Beatles Experience hits Red Deer on Thursday, Oct. 25.
This touring version of the Broadway show that won the 2011 Drama Desk Award features four musicians who look and sound like John, Paul, George and Ringo — both at the start of their mop-top careers to their end of their hippie days.
Rain takes the audience from the British invasion to the landmark performance of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show and at Shea Stadium to the band’s final albums, Abbey Road and Let It Be.
The ’60s mood is maintained through original film footage and vintage TV commercials.
Although the musicians who play the four Beatles evolve with the times, from sporting Nehru jackets to bell-bottoms, Rain is more of a concert experience than a typical Broadway show.
There’s no real plot, except the trajectory of the historic band’s rise and fall.
But the audience is invited to dance and clap along to the rock ’n’ roll. Although the show contains some hippie ideas, it’s been purged of sex and drugs references, allowing young and old to enjoy hearing Beatles songs, from Twist and Shout to Help! and Hey Jude. Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. tribute show at the Centrium are $69 from Ticketmaster.