Bea­tles’ bril­liance is re­born

Albany Advertiser - - AGENDA - Shan­non Smith

The hits and the mag­i­cal jour­ney of pop mu­sic leg­ends the Bea­tles come alive with Beatlemania on Tour at Al­bany En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre this month.

The show fo­cuses on the best-known mo­ments in the Bea­tles’ mu­si­cal ca­reer, in­clud­ing their Ham­burg, Cav­ern and The Ed Sul­li­van Show con­certs.

The show is equipped with au­then­tic cos­tumes and replica in­stru­ments, sure to ig­nite the best of the Bea­tles’ vibe.

Cameron Char­ters, who plays Paul McCart­ney in the show, said the band used quick cos­tume changes and video screens to tell the story of the most in­flu­en­tial band and each of its mem­bers.

“The main rea­son would have to be that they have a lot of great songs, but they were also very unique char­ac­ters with many quirks that make it in­ter­est­ing to repli­cate them,” he said of their suc­cess.

“We have been watch­ing live videos for on-stage move­ments and lis­ten­ing to in­ter­views and on-stage ban­ter to mimic speak­ing voice.

“There are the ob­vi­ous things like hav­ing the right gear and learn­ing the mu­sic and vo­cal har­monies, but there are also more sub­tle things like the way Ringo (Starr) hits from side to side across his hi-hats or how hard John Len­non digs into his gui­tar strings.”

The show has been run­ning for 10 years and has de­vel­oped over the years to present the most pre­cise replica of the band pos­si­ble.

Char­ters said with so many hits, the crowd would light up to most of the set list, but Hey Jude was a clear stand-out.

Tick­ets to the Septem­ber 29 show are avail­able on­line at tick­ or the AEC box of­fice.

Beatlemania on Tour is to­day’s ver­sion of the Bea­tles. Cos­tumes and in­stru­ments repli­cate the orig­i­nals.

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