Rain – A Tribute to The Beatles on Broadway to Play Neil Simon Theatre

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08 Jun 2010

<i>Rain</I> stars Joe Bithorn and Steve Landes
Rain stars Joe Bithorn and Steve Landes
Photo by Joan Marcus

While Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre waits for the promised New York bow of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies, another British sensation will invade New York. Rain – A Tribute to The Beatles on Broadway will play a limited engagement Broadway engagement beginning Oct. 19.

The multimedia concert, which has been popular as a U.S. touring production, will open an 11-week engagement at the Neil Simon Oct. 26 and run through Jan. 2, 2011. Tickets will go on sale to the general public June 19; American Express cardholders can snag them starting June 9.

Rain is the second production announced for the Neil Simon since Lloyd Webber's Phantom sequel, Love Never Dies, delayed its New York premiere to 2011. Performances were originally scheduled to begin in November. Harry Connick, Jr. In Concert on Broadway will play a limited run July 15-26.

In Rain, vocalists, musicians and entertainers Joey Curatolo, Joe Bithorn, Ralph Castelli, Steve Landes and Mark Lewis perform the Beatles' hits live on stage and recreate the numerous iconic looks made famous by the rock band. Curatolo, Bithorn, Castelli and Landes all appeared in the touring productions of Beatlemania.

According to producers, "From the early days of their appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' in 1964 through Sgt. Pepper and on to the Abbey Road years, Rain performs it all. The multi-media concert recaptures the era through all phases of The Beatles astounding musical career including Shea Stadium, the psychedelic late 60s and The Beatles long-haired hippie, hard-rocking rooftop days. A fusion of historical footage and hilarious television commercials lights up video screens and live cameras zoom in for close-ups."

Certain performances of Rain will also feature Graham Alexander, Mark Beyer, Joe Bologna, Doug Cox, Jim Irizarry, David Leon, Jimmy Pou, Mac Ruffing and Tom Teeley.

Rainis presented on Broadway by Annerin Productions, Magic Arts & Entertainment/Tix Productions and Nederlander Presentations, Inc.

For tickets visit Ticketmaster.com. The Neil Simon Theatre is located at 250 West 52nd Street.