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RAIN - A Tribute to The Beatles On Broadway was extended by popular demand and will now run through Sunday, January 9 at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd Street). Previews began Tuesday, October 19 with the official opening last night October 26.

RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles' discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. 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.??While the music of The Beatles has touched millions of people around the world for the past 45 years, the Fab Four were experienced live in concert by very few. Their final concert tour was in 1966 long before the release of many of their classic albums such as "Sgt. Pepper," "The White Album" and "Abbey Road."

RAIN performs such beloved songs as "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "Hard Day's Night," "Yesterday," "Twist and Shout," With A Little Help From My friends," "Eleanor Rigby," "Strawberry Fields," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "Hey Jude," "When I'm 64," "I Am The Walrus," "Revolution," "Come Together" and much more from their repertoire of over 200 Beatlemaniac favorites.

All the music is performed live, with no pre-recorded tapes or sequences. RAIN approaches The Beatles music with the same respect a classical musician treats Mozart.??Like The Beatles, the onstage members of RAIN are not only supreme musicians, but electrifying performers in their own right.

Photos by Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

 

Photo Coverage: RAIN Opening Night Arrivals

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.