RAIN: The Beatles Experience Returns to Philadelphia January 15-20
November 14, 2007
From Ed Sullivan to Abbey Road…
Eight Shows Only at the Academy of Music
New Songs and Surround Sound Added!
Legendary Impresario Sid Bernstein Raves about RAIN
Tickets on Sale Now for Holiday Gift-Giving
The award-winning Beatles concert, RAIN – The Beatles Experience, returns to the Academy of Music for a limited engagement January 15 – 20, 2008, part of the 2007-08 Cadillac Broadway Series. In a show the Denver Post calls "the next best thing to seeing The Beatles," RAIN boasts a repertoire of nearly 200 Beatlemaniac favorites, ranging from such beloved songs as "Yesterday" and "Hey Jude" to classic hits including "Revolution" and "Come Together." Not only have new songs been added, but the concert now features surround sound giving audiences the ultimate Beatles sound experience!
Tickets ranging in price from $35 to $85 are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-731-3333, online at www.kimmelcenter.org/broadway, at the Kimmel Center box office, Broad & Spruce Streets (open daily 10am to 6pm) or at the Academy of Music box office, Broad & Locust Streets (during performances only). Groups of 20 or more will receive discounts for select performances by calling 215-790-5883. Tickets can also be purchased as part of a Choose 3 subscription package by calling 215-893-1955.
Performances include: Tuesday through Thursday evenings (Jan. 15-17) at 7:30pm; Friday and Saturday evenings (Jan. 18 & 19) at 8pm; Sunday evening (Jan. 20) at 6:30pm; and matinee performances Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm.
RAIN – The Beatles Experience covers the Fab Four from their very first Ed Sullivan Show appearance through the Abbey Road album. RAIN is a multi-media, multi-dimensional experience...a fusion of historical footage and hilarious television commercials from the 1960s lights up video screens and live cameras zoom in for close-ups.
For the four longtime band members – Joey Curatolo (Paul McCartney), Joe Bithorn (George Harrison), Ralph Castelli (Ringo Starr) and Steve Landes (John Lennon), with a little help from their friend Mark Lewis (keyboards, percussion) – the music is first and foremost. For more than two decades, RAIN has distinguished itself by focusing on details, always being faithful to The Beatles with the ultimate goal of delivering a perfect note-for-note performance. All the music is performed live, with no pre-recorded tapes or sequences.
Legendary impresario Sid Bernstein is undoubtedly one of the greatest music promoters of the 20th century. The man who brought The Beatles to America for the first time with their inaugural 1964 concert at Carnegie Hall in New York, is perhaps best known as "The Father of the British Invasion." It was Sid who brought over this subsequent influx of music stars from the United Kingdom in the 1960s, which included such super groups as The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Jerry and The Pacemakers, and numerous others.
Mr. Bernstein, who has certainly seen his share of great music acts, recently had the opportunity to attend a RAIN performance. "When I saw RAIN's first concert in New York at Town Hall, I knew I had to see them again. This new group got me so excited," he raves. "I thought immediately about Carnegie Hall…the buzz…the first excitement of The Beatles. The music was the same; the feeling was the same. I thought about other venues RAIN could play – Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden…and all the excitement I felt. Thoughts of Shea Stadium flooded my mind. They look like them; they sound like them. This show is totally live. This group could excite 55,000 people playing the music that now belongs to the world…music that so many of us live our lives by. For those who were lucky enough to see The Beatles live, this is a tremendous opportunity to relive that time. For those who haven't, welcome to RAIN!"
Like The Beatles, the four onstage members of RAIN are not only supreme musicians, but electrifying performers in their own right. Visit www.rainthebeatlesexperience.com for more information.
The new Cadillac Broadway Series marks the first full season of cooperation between Kimmel Center, Inc. and Shubert Organization, Inc., where theatrical presentations in Philadelphia will be presented at the Academy of Music and the Forrest Theatre. In addition to RAIN, The Beatles Experience, the new 2007-08 season will include: The Drowsy Chaperone (Nov.27-Dec.2); Rent (Jan.4-6); Avenue Q (Jan.29-Feb.10 at the Forrest Theatre); African Footprint (Feb. 29-March 2); My Fair Lady (March 11-16); Annie (March 21-23); Hairspray (May 2-4); Gypsy (May 9-11); David Copperfield: An Intimate Evening ofGrand Illusion (May 16-17); Oprah Winfrey Presents The Color Purple (June 17-July 13); Mamma Mia! (July 15-27); and Monty Python's SPAMALOT (Aug.14-31).
All performances of Cadillac Broadway Series are supported by Cadillac, CITI, Target, WPVI-TV 6, The Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Company, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Philadelphia Daily News. American Airlines is the Official Airline of Cadillac Broadway Series.