“In My Life — A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles” is an award-winning musical biography of The Beatles through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein.
The show, appropriate for all ages, features the live music of the renowned tribute band Abbey Road as well as the Edmonds-Woodway High School string quartet.
A one-time local performance is set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Tickets are $35 through $55. Buy them online at www.edmondscenterforthearts.org or by calling 425-275-9595.
The producers of the show often hire local high school string quartets to accompany the production.
The Edmonds-Woodway string quartet will join the band for “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yesterday,” “A Day in the Life,” “Hello Goodbye,” and “Hey Jude.” The song “Yesterday” is played during a scene in which the Paul McCartney character plays the song for the first time for Beatles producer George Martin, with the songwriter explaining that he envisions a string-quartet accompaniment.
The quartet members are senior Elliot Harrison, juniors Hannah Gorham and Madeleine Jeffers and sophomore Jonathan Mah.
The band features Chris Paul Overall as Paul, Nathaniel Bott as John, Jesse Wilder as George and Axel Clarke as Ringo. Brian Epstein is played by Alxander Jon.
More than just a Beatles tribute concert, “In My Life” gives the audience a chance to “be there” at pivotal moments in the careers of the Beatles: Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club, “The Ed Sullivan Show,” Shea Stadium, Abbey Road Studios and the final live performance on the rooftop of the Apple Records office.
With manager Brian Epstein serving as narrator, the show allows the audience to get a glimpse inside the world of The Beatles from their point of view, as well as hear some of the best songs ever written. Historical settings are established on stage with videos and images that play behind the actors and musicians on a video screen.
With their tight harmonies, spot-on renditions, custom–tailored costumes, vintage instruments, Liverpudlian dialect and precise attention to detail, the cast recreates the magic of the Beatles, including the Fab Four’s cheeky personalities and familiar onstage banter.
Producers Tom Maher and Andy Nagle spent a lot of time writing the show.
“It’s nice to learn some things about The Beatles that people may not have known, but in the end the audience really wants to hear the music,” said Maher. “So the band plays 33 Beatles hits during the show. The audience knows every vocal harmony and guitar riff, so there is absolutely no room for error performing Beatles music live.”