It’s not hard to see why Beatles fans have embraced the musical mega hit that is Beatlemania. Having wowed Australia back in 2011 with sold out shows across the country, the faux fab four have returned to our shores with a new cast, an updated format and the same toe-tapping trip down memory (and Penny, for that matter) lane.
In fact, tickets to the show should really come with the disclaimer “warning – viewing may result in compulsive dancing in the aisles.” And certainly that is what several concert-goers did, boogying through some of the more energetic numbers such as “Help” and “She Loves You” without a trace of inhibition.
And while the rest of us may have remained seated, it wasn’t for lack of enthusiasm – only a reluctance to get up out of our comfy seats. Instead, enjoyment was expressed through more sedate means; bobbing our heads, clapping our hands and fighting back the urge to sing along to every song.
There’s no doubt that the cast of Beatlemania: Joe Kane (Paul McCartney), Clark Gilmour (John Lennon), Craig McGowan (George Harrison) and Grahame Critcher (Ringo Starr) are talented musicians in their own right – evident in their rendition of the Beatles’ later, arguably more sophisticated, musical offerings – but they are also remarkable impersonators.
Joe Kane as John Lennon, was particularly good, perfectly articulating that expressive (albeit nasal) quality that makes Lennon’s voice so distinctive (and subsequently harder to copy), but the whole cast was impressive, their witty banter punctuating a set of songs that covered the entire span of the bands’ prolific career.
With evocative backdrops and a strong narrative underpinning iconic songs, there was a lot to like about Beatlemania, and even though there was no shortage of Baby Boomers, it was a surprisingly eclectic mix; some younger hipsters donning mini skirts and shaggy bobs to celebrate the occasion.
There’s no doubt it’s cheesy – a fate no cover band ever seems to escape – but if you can deal with that, it’s a great night out, whether you’re there with your Zimmer frame or you got checked for ID on the way in.
Friday 8th March 2013
Ticketek 132 849
Thursday 14th March – Sunday 17th March 2013
Ticketek 132 849 or 9650 1500
Thursday 21 March 2013
Arts & Convention Centre
www.venuetix.com.au or www.barossaconvention.org.au
Friday 22 March 2013
BASS 131 246
Thursday 28th March 2013
QPAC Concert Hall
Saturday 30th March 2013
Ticketmaster 1300 139 588