Those mopheads from London are back. Well, let’s say a Beatles cover band is touring the U.S. and has landed at San Diego’s Civic Theatre through Sunday.
“Experience the Beatles with ‘Rain’’’ (what’s with that clumsy title?) is an unabashed tribute show to the Fab Four, with the addition of an extra onstage keyboardist (Mark Beyer).
Pre-show and intermission quizzes are flashed on the video screens to amuse and edify.
But “Rain” is more than a concert. The Beatles were a cultural and musical force like no other, and the 30-some songs are accompanied by Christian Behm’s never-ending string of projections, some historic, some cultural, some indicative of the, shall we say, chemical inspirations of some of the song lyrics (especially notable on “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”).
And Stephan Gotschel’s spectacular lighting effects add to the atmosphere.
“Rain” is essentially a nostalgic sing-along event encouraging audience participation (though I didn’t hear much on opening night), designed to give the the grayhairs who were there back in the day a pleasant trip down memory lane – and to show the youngsters why the Beatles were the musical force they were.
Joey Curatolo (singing Paul McCartney) and Steve Landes (the Lennon stand-in) share lead vocals, while Harrison lookalike Joe Bithorn sings the poignant “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
Ralph Castelli wails away on percussion as the Ringo Starr stand-in, also singing lead on “With A Little Help From My Friends.”
There is no script here, no plot. This is a Beatles tribute, plain and simple, and those who loved the Liverpool mopheads will eat it up. Hurry, only four performances remain.
“Experience The Beatles With Rain” plays through Jan. 6 at San Diego Civic Theatre, 3rd and B streets, downtown.
Saturday at 2 and 8 pm; Sunday at 1 and 6 pm.
For tickets, visit HERE.
To read more reviews by SDGLN Theater Critic Jean Lowerison, click HERE.