What’s old is new again and what’s timeless is, well, with us forever.
The Beatles and their music fall into both categories. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers might be as hot now as when they first appeared on the Ed Sullivan show February 9,1964. There is a recent re-issue of ‘Let it Be’ the last album released by the band. There are a number of new books dominating the front of bookstores.
There is a big buildup for the Peter Jackson 3-part documentary ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ dropping on Disney+ the week of Thanksgiving.
This week, “The Beatles” will take over the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia as ‘Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles’ will take over the stage.
“After an 18-month closure, what better way to celebrate the return of live Broadway productions in Philadelphia than to celebrate with one of our city’s all-time favorite shows?” said Ed Cambron, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer on the Kimmel Cultural Campus. “Our Campus is home to so many art forms – classical and jazz, rock and dance. We hope this return, with the familiarity of Abbey Road, brings lovers of Rain back to the theater once again.”
The performance, which has been running across the country since 1975, goes over the history of the Beatles from their early hits to the end in 1971. In celebration of Abbey Road, this show brings the album’s greatest hits to life, in addition to all your early favorites.
This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome, delivering a note-for-note theatrical event. In addition to the updated sets that include state of the art LED, high-definition screens and multimedia content, ‘Rain’ will bring the Abbey Road album to life with the launch of the 2021 Tour.
Together longer than The Beatles, ‘Rain’ has mastered every song, gesture, and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting.
Steve Landes, a Lansdale native, plays John Lennon in the show.
A life-long, second-generation Beatles fan, Landes taught himself guitar at 10 listening to Beatles records and by 13 was fronting a Top 40 cover band in his native Philadelphia. At 17 he joined Beatlemania and further developed his musicianship, touring the world with the show. After ‘passing the audition’ with the existing ‘Rain’ band members in 1998, his career was set.
On one of his travels to England, he found himself at Liverpool’s Casbah Club, owned by pre-Ringo Beatles drummer Pete Best. Encouraged to get on stage, Steve belted out lead vocals to The Beatles rocker “Slow Down,” while Best sat in on drums.
As a backup musician, Steve has performed alongside legendary sixties artists Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits), Joey Molland (Badfinger), Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, and Tiny Tim. As an actor, he appeared in the films “Wedding Bell Blues,” “For Which He Stands” and Tim Burton’s “Mars Attacks!” Steve writes and records his own original music.
Like The Beatles, the onstage members of RAIN are not only supreme musicians, but electrifying performers in their own right!
RAIN – A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES
- Kimmel Cultural Campus’ Merriam Theater
- Friday, October 29, 2021 at 7:30 pm
- Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
- Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 1:00 pm
Tickets: Tickets are on sale now and start at $39. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999 or online at www.kimmelculturalcampus.org. The Kimmel Box Office is currently closed, as the Kimmel Cultural Campus prepares to reopen to the public after 18 months on September 18, 2021.In-person ticket sales can be conducted at the Academy of Music Box Office, located at 240 S. Broad Street. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling 215-790-5883. See www.kimmelculturalcampus.org for more information.
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