Photo Flash: RAIN Visits Good Morning America
On February 7, 1964, The Beatles were greeted by a sea of screaming American fans at J.F.K. as they took their first steps onto U.S. soil ushering in the era of Beatlemania. On February 7, 2011, the cast of the hit musical RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles on Broadway performed a medley of The Fab Four's hit songs on ABC's "Good Morning America" in the 8am hour.
Due to overwhelming demand, RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles On Broadway, re-opens at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Tuesday, February 8th for an extended run on Broadway after a rocking 13 week engagement at the Neil Simon Theatre where RAIN recouped its initial investment in only seven weeks.
Together longer than The Beatles themselves, RAIN the band, has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that's as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics that The Beatles never got the chance to play live, this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!
RAIN stars the original band - Joey Curatolo (vocals, bass, guitar, piano), Joe Bithorn (vocals, lead guitar, guitar synthesizer), Ralph Castelli (vocals, drums, percussion) and Steve Landes (vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica), all of whom performed in both the touring and Broadway productions of Beatlemania. Like The Beatles, the onstage members of RAIN are not only supreme musicians, but electrifying performers in their own right. In addition to the original members of RAIN, at certain performances the concert will also feature the talents of Graham Alexander, Mark Beyer, Joe Bologna, Douglas Cox, Jim Irizarry, David Leon, Jimmy Pou, Mac Ruffing, Chris Smallwood, Ardy Sarraf and Tom Teeley.
The New York Times believes "The audience is enraptured. They get a chance to sing along, twist and shout, and generally make like swooning teenyboppers from the 1960s as the hits roll by and the endorphins kick in." While the New York Post says "RAIN hits all the right notes!" USA Today calls RAIN "A trip down memory lane!" and a "Quick fix of nostalgic cheer!" chimes Entertainment Weekly. RAIN is "guaranteed to raise a smile!" states the Star-Ledger, and TimeoutNY Kids agrees that "As John Lennon would say, it's a great way for kids and adults to come together!"
Tickets for RAIN range from $52 - $132 (including a $2 facility fee) and can be purchased by visiting the Brooks Atkinson box office (256 W 47th St), online at www.Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 877-250-2929. The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday at 7PM; Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM with a 2pm matinee on Wednesday and Saturday; Sunday at 3PM.
RAIN is presented on Broadway by Annerin Productions, MagicSpace Entertainment, and Nederlander Presentations, Inc.
Joey Curatolo, Nancy Grace