The Story of the Beatles In A Musical
From now through March 24th, 2012, the Duke of York Theater, in London, will host Backbeat.
Backbeat is the story about how the Beatles became the Beatles; the show illustrates the time when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best, and Stuart Sutcliffe started their journey from the famous docks of Liverpool; they were looking for fame and success in the squalid red light district of Hamburg, working every single day of the week, in the clubs of Reeperbahn, playing rock 'n' roll night after night.
The undeniable relationship between the band's original bassist Stuart Sutcliffe, the remarkable German photographer Astrid Kirchherr whom he fell in love with, and his best friend John Lennon, turned out to be an essential part of the Beatles' story.
Stuart's struggle between his best friend and the band, Astrid and his art, makes Stuart the disturbed focal point of Backbeat. His death, at only 22, in the same year that the Beatles chose Brian Epstein as manager, signed to Parlophone Records by Sir George Martin, and released their first single Love Me Do, adds to this remarkable and vivid portrait of the early 1960's.
Backbeat displays the all-time rock 'n' roll classics that the Beatles played back in the days, such as Twist & Shout, Rock 'N' Roll Music, Long Tall Sally, Please Mr. Postman, and Money; the songs are played live, on stage, as performed by the Beatles.
The Beatles are the best-selling band in history, and over 40 years after their break-up, their music is still in high demand. They have had more number one albums on the United Kingdom charts and have held the top spot longer than any other musical act. They also have sold more albums in the United States than any other artist, receiving 7 Grammy Awards from the American National Academy of Recording, Arts and Sciences and 15 Ivor Novello Awards from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors.
Their success is undeniable and their story still intrigues so many people, that the show reaches a “sold out” status every night.