PHOTO CALL: A Look at the American Premiere of Broadway-Aimed Backbeat, the Origin Story of The Beatles
By Krissie Fullerton
31 Jan 2013
The American premiere of Backbeat: The Birth of the Beatles, the Broadway-aimed rock-'n'-roll drama with music, opened at LA's Ahmanson Theatre Jan. 30.
The musical shows "the birth of one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands in history" — or, "how the Beatles became the Beatles." The show is set in 1960 when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best (the drummer before Ringo Starr joined the group) and Stuart Sutcliffe (the band's original bassist) "embarked on their journey from the docks of Liverpool to the red light district of Hamburg," where "they worked in the clubs of the tawdry Reeperbahn, performing rock 'n' roll covers night after night, all the while honing what would become the Beatles' sound."
The cast features Nick Blood (as Stuart Sutcliffe), Leanne Best (Astrid Kirchherr), Andrew Knott (John Lennon), Oliver Bennett (Pete Best), Daniel Healy (Paul McCartney) and Daniel Westwick (George Harrison), plus ensemble members Edward Clarke, Josie Dunn, Sam Ford, Mark Hammersley, Perry Ojeda, Charlotte Palmer, Phil Pritchard, Dominic Rouse, Louise Shuttleworth, Adam Sopp, Charles Swift, James Wallace and Miranda Wilford.