Oct. 03--John Lennon, with a little help from his friends Paul, George and Ringo, plans to make Friday night an extraordinary one at the historic California Theatre.
Lennon, aka David Leon, is one of The Stars of Beatlemania! billed as the "No. 1 National Touring Show in America Celebrating the Music of the Beatles."
The music revival, presented at 8 p.m., stars members of the original Broadway production that tells the story of the Beatles' phenomenon through the music that influenced generations of music lovers and musicians.
In addition to Leon, The Stars of Beatlemania include Alan LeBoeuf as Paul McCartney, another original cast member, and David Brighton as George Harrison and Carroll Parker as Ringo Starr.
"We're having a lot of fun doing this," Leon says, "but we have the greatest catalogue of songs to draw from."
The show chronicles the musical history of the Beatles through live re-creations of their electrifying stage shows, LeBoeuf said.
The performance is divided into four different segments -- from the early innocence of "I Want to Hold Your Hand," and the more personal "Norwegian Wood" and "Yesterday" to the psychedelic "Sergeant Pepper," culminating with the late '60s evolution "Get Back," "Come Together" and "Hey Jude."
Through authentic costume changes and live musical performance and singing, plus powerful multimedia technology, they catapult the audience back into time to faithfully recapture the music and magic of the world's most influential pop music icons, according to Leon.
The group has performed around the world, including Hong Kong, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Japan and Brazil.
Leon, who lives in Agoura Hills, says it takes wigs, makeup and some imagination, plus the power of suggestion to bring the show to life.
But it's not all done with smoke and mirrors. The four West Coast performers are actually acclaimed musicians and vocalists.
"We perform a lot of music all over the place -- the Beatles get bigger and bigger," Leon added. "It's part of the legend. Their legacy is the music."
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