PHOTO CALL: A Look at the North American Premiere of Backbeat, the Origin Story of The Beatles

By Krissie Fullerton
July 26, 2012

The North American premiere of Backbeat: The Birth of the Beatles, the Broadway-aimed rock-'n'-roll drama with music, directed by David Leveaux , began performances at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre July 21.

The cast includes Nick Blood as Stuart Suttcliffe, Andrew Knott as John Lennon, Isabella Calthorpe as Astrid Kirchherr, Daniel Healey as Paul McCartney, Dan Westwick as George Harrison, Oliver Bennett as Pete Best, Adam Sopp as Tony Sheridan/Ringo Starr.

Opening night in Toronto is July 29. A pre-Broadway Los Angeles engagement of Backbeat will play the Ahmanson Theatre Jan. 16-Feb. 24, 2013. Casting has not been announced for that run.

According to the producers, "Backbeat tells the real-life story of five teenage lads from Liverpool who dream of becoming a successful rock band. When John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe get a gig in Hamburg, they believe the road to stardom is theirs. But the reality they face when they arrive in the grimy German port city — where they are told they have to play eight hours a night for seven days a week for months on end in a grungy underground club in the red-light district — makes them reevaluate their ambitions and hone their craft.

Here's a look at the production:

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The cast of Backbeat
Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann



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