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Beatlemania encore to take stage at Arcadia

August 18, 2013


Aug. 18--WINDBER -- Imagine Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band coming to Windber to sing "She Loves You."

Beatlemania Now will bring the sounds of the Fab Four to the area at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave.

Amy Moore, Arcadia public relations director, said this is the same tribute band that performed at Arcadia last year.

"This is an encore performance," she said. "They are back by popular demand. Our audience loved the show last year. It's a fun show and a must for all fans of The Beatles."

Performing against a backdrop of video images that will evoke memories of one of the most turbulent decades of modern times, the cast re-creates more than 30 classic songs in a multimedia musical stage show.

"Last year, the fun part for us was seeing grandparents bringing their grandchildren," Moore said. "Everyone knows the words to the songs, even my girls who are 11 and 14. Beatlemania Now is a great band to transcend the generations."

The accomplished musicians recapture the excitement, mood and intensity of the 1960s -- from the lives and deaths of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. to the war in Vietnam, protests in the streets, the politics of Richard M. Nixon, the slogans of "Flower Power" and "Peace and Love" and space exploration.

"I haven't seen anything like their videography at other Beatles shows," Moore said. "They start with 'The Ed Sullivan Show' and give a timeline journey of The Beatles up to Sgt. Pepper and the hippie phase with 'The White Album.' "

In addition to historical news clips, the video show features commercials of that period that are played while the cast is offstage changing costumes.

To get the unmatched sound of The Beatles, the band will use more than 16 authentic guitars to help reproduce the music and the look.

The four performers not only look like the legendary stars they portray, they sound like them as well.

"This band definitely has both," Moore said. "It's a family friendly show. They stay in costume when they come out to the lobby to pose for pictures and sign autographs."

Moore said tickets are still available, but going fast.

"Those who saw the show last year know what it's like, so they'll tell those who missed it and come back themselves," Moore said. "We should sell even more tickets. I wouldn't wait until the day of the show."

Ruth Rice covers Features for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at RuthRice@RuthRiceTD.


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