Billed as 'the #1 National Touring Show in America Celebrating the Music of the Beatles,' the theatrical production of 'The Stars of Beatlemania! ' will be presented at North Hollywood's historic El Portal Theatre for a one-week only limited engagement starting June 30.
The musical revival, starring members of the original Broadway production, is the story of the Beatlemania phenomenon as told through the music that influenced generations of music lovers and musicians.
"''The Stars of Beatlemania!' chronicles the musical history of the Beatles through live recreations of their electrifying stage shows,”relates Alan LeBouf, one of the original cast members who plays Paul McCartney in the revival tour.
"From their explosive debut on the Ed Sullivan Show and their meteoric ascent to the 'Top of the Pops' through the colorful Sergeant Pepper era and beyond - this is the dramatic story of how The Beatles transcended their own myth and crafted a musical legacy that continues to inspire and captivate the world's imagination," LeBouf says.
Theatrical presentations of Beatles shows shows have existed since 1969, but few have equaled the success of the 'Beatlemania!' Broadway musical. Originally conceived and produced by Steve Leber and David Krebs, 'Beatlemania' began previews on May 26, 1977 in Boston.
'Beatlemania!' premiered on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre on May 31, 1977, (after previewing from May 26) and ran until October 17, 1979, for a total of 1006 performances. During its New York run, the show moved to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and finally the Palace Theatre. The production was nominated for the 1978 Tony Award for Best Lighting Design by designer Jules Fisher.
"For this tour, we've updated the show and made it more appealing and relevant to today's modern audiences," reveals David Leon, who starred in the Broadway and motion picture production of 'Beatlemania' as John Lennon, "Through authentic costume changes and live musical performance and singing, plus powerful multimedia technology, we catapult the audience back into time to faithfully recapture the music and magic of the world's most influential pop music icons."
Leon, who has also starred in "Rain," has played keyboards for major acts Hermann's Hermits, Mitch Ryder, Badfinger, Dion, and Three Dog Night, is excited about the El Portal Theatre limited engagement.
"We're looking forward to returning to the Los Angeles market, where the Beatles once made their home, and played their legendary Hollywood Bowl concerts, " LeBouf says, "Theatre audiences there are very appreciative of Beatles music, and this presentation is top-notch."
The Stars of Beatlemania! Featuring the Original Cast members from the #1 National Touring Show in America Celebrating the Music of the Beatles
Fri June 29 - 8:00pm/Sat. June 30 - 8:00pm/Sun. July 1 - 3pm/7:30pm - El Portal Theatre - 5269 Lankershim Blvd. - North Hollywood, CA. 91601
TICKETS: 818-508-4200 Or Online At: http://www.elportaltheatre.com