The Beatles musical coming to Los Angeles and New York next year

By Juan C. Guerrero,

Backbeat, a play about the Beatles’ early days based on the 1994 film of the same name, will make its U.S. debut next year in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the show will run from Jan. 16 to Feb. 24 at the Ahmanson Theatre. The musical will then move to Broadway, although no official dates have been announced and no theater has been booked.

The musical, like the movie, focuses on The Beatles’ early days in Hamburg, Germany, and on bassist Stuart Sutcliffe, who died in 1962 as the band was becoming popular.

According to Billboard, the musical does not contain any of the band’s original music but instead shows the band playing the cover songs they were known for early in their career including “Please Mister Postman” and “Twist and Shout.”

The musical played on London’s West End from Sept. 24 through Feb. 18. Its next stop is at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre from July 21 to Sept. 2.

Broadway.com reports that the American version will be directed by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux, who also directed the London version.

In a review for The Guardian in 2011, Lyn Gardner gave the London production three stars out of five and called it "always visually arresting and, finally, a little bit heartbreaking too."



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