Musical takes a new look at the Beatles

Published on Wed, May 28, 2014 by Steve Guntli

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Many musical historians would argue that the Beatles would never have gotten as big as they did if it weren’t for their manager, Brian Epstein. “In My Life,” a new musical review coming to the Mount Baker Theatre on Thursday, June 5, promises to tell the story of the Fab Four through Epstein’s eyes.

“In My Life” is the brainchild of producers Tom Maher and Andy Nagle, and will feature live performances by acclaimed Beatles tribute band Abbey Road. The group has spent six months learning the Fab Four’s timeless hits and touring the show around the country. The sites of some of the Beatles’ most famous performances, such as the Cavern Club, The Ed Sullivan Show and the rooftop of the Apple Corp building, are recreated using projectors. 

Famously called the “Fifth Beatle” by Paul McCartney, Epstein first discovered the group in the Cavern Club in Liverpool in 1961 and saw in them the potential for greatness. He helped the band define their iconic “mop-top” look, managed their business affairs and settled personal quarrels within the group. Epstein’s untimely death in 1967 at the age of 32 marked the beginning of the end for the Beatles, who would ultimately disband in 1970. 

Alxander Jon will be portraying Epstein, and the Beatles will be played by Chris Paul Overall, Nathaniel Bott, Jesse Wilder and Axel Clarke (Paul, John, George and Ringo, respectively). In addition to the music of Abbey Road, the Squalicum High School string quartet will provide accompaniment on five songs, giving the show a touch of distinctive local flavor. 

The show will run at the Mount Baker Theatre one night only, Thursday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $20.99 to $39.99, and can be purchased in person, online at mountbakertheatre.com or by calling 360/734-6080.