Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles Youtube Video Show Preview.
What: Rain Show
Where: PLAYING AT
BROOKS ATKINSON THEATRE
Average Weekly Schedule:
SATURDAY 2:00PM 8:00PM
SUNDAY 3:00PM 7:00PM
RAIN – A Tribute to The Beatles is a Broadway Beatles tribute show that began as an offshoot of the Broadway production of Beatlemania. "RAIN" recently closed at Broadway's at the Neil Simon Theatre and will resume performance at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on February 9, 2011.
The Broadway show RAIN began as a club band in the 70s called "Reign" which performed a set of Beatles songs regularly in their shows in the club circuit of California and the west coast of the United States. This early incarnation bears little to no resemblance to the show RAIN (with the exception of keyboardist Mark Lewis). Soon, Reign changed its name to the more familiar 'Rain.' During the band's early years, Rain's line-up originally included Orange County natives Eddie Lineberry (as Lennon); Chuck Coffey (McCartney); and William (Bill) Connearny (Harrison),and Grant Belotti who were recruited by Dick Clark for his 1979 film, "Birth of The Beatles." Clark's objective was for the band to be as authentic to the Beatles as possible. During this time, the band briefly tried to market an acetate of original songs. In circa 1980-82, the band headlined at Disneyland's Tomorrowland Terrace. At this point in time, Rain was simply a band that performed the music of The Beatles and had no connection to the Broadway production of Beatlemania. But by 1982, as the first run of the Broadway production of Beatlemania came to its close, cast members from the show began to join and eventually RAIN (which was now officially an offshoot of the Broadway production of Beatlemania) consisted of Joey Curatolo (Paul), Ralph Castelli (Starr), Mark Lewis (Stage Instrumentalist), Joe Bithorn (Harrison), and Randy Clarke (Lennon). Soon after Randy Clarke's departure, David Leon was tapped to play the role of John. Less than a year later, David Leon's departure from the show made way for Jim Riddle (Lennon) who would take on the role in RAIN until his passing in 1997 when his position was filled with fellow Beatlemania roommate Steve Landes. In 2009, the show Rain began to expand and cast members Joe Bologna, and Graham Alexander joined the show followed by Tom Teeley and David Leon later that year. As the show grew, various cast members joined the show (Mac Ruffing, Doug Cox, Mark Beyer, Chris Smallwood, Jim Irizarry, and Jimmy Pou)