Abbey Road record­ing ses­sions to hit the stage

The China Post - - ARTS -

The Bea­tles’ record­ing ses­sions in Lon­don’s Abbey Road Stu­dios are be­ing turned into a stage show at the city’s Royal Al­bert Hall, the pro­duc­ers an­nounced on Tues­day.

“The Ses­sions at Abbey Road” will see the leg­endary Bri­tish band’s stu­dio work recre­ated live at the Vic­to­rian con­cert hall on April 1, 2016.

The per­for­mance will span their record­ing ca­reer from 1962 to 1969, and use 39 mu­si­cians and eight singers to cover all the over­dubs, plus pe­riod equip­ment.

The show will be a “mu­si­cal doc­u­men­tary”, said ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Stig Ed­gren, “giv­ing au­di­ences an hon­est, re­spect­ful and ac­cu­rate recre­ation of how mu­si­cal history was made”.

Abbey Road’s Stu­dio Two will be recre­ated in its ex­act di­men­sions (18 by 11.5 me­tres, 60 by 40 feet) on the floor of the cir­cu­lar Royal Al­bert Hall, com­plete with a mix­ing booth.

The show’s cre­ative con­sul­tant is The Bea­tles’ stu­dio engi­neer Ge­off Em­er­ick and is inspired by his rec­ol­lec­tions of how lead gui­tarist Ge­orge Har­ri­son, rhythm gui­tarist John Len­non, bassist Paul McCart­ney and drum­mer Ringo Starr made their fa­mous records.

Pro­ducer Jef Han­lon said an “in­cred­i­ble amount” of re­search had gone into the show in a bid to make it as re­al­is­tic as pos­si­ble.

“All in­stru­men­ta­tion, ar­range­ments and vo­cals will be per­formed iden­ti­cally to the orig­i­nal record­ings. There will even be eight singers to recre­ate the multi-tracked vo­cals pi­o­neered by The Bea­tles.

“This show does not seek to be a look-a-like show, but rather a sound-a-like, with the singers be­ing the best Bea­tles im­i­ta­tors in the world.”

Kim Gavin, the show’s di­rec­tor, said: “The per­for­mance will be a tech­ni­cal bal­let, a con­stant flow of move­ment of cast and mu­si­cians.

“We are try­ing to cre­ate the look, feel and at­mos­phere of those fa­mous ses­sions in Abbey Road.”

Ticket prices start at #55 ($85, 75 eu­ros). More dates will be an­nounced in fu­ture, the show’s web­site said.

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