Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles
A tribute to the Fab Four that utilizes video and sound projections, Rain follows the Beatles from their first visit to the States till their 1970 breakup. The show features original Beatles songs performed live!
This is four guys who are basically Beatles songs. This is kind of a fun deal. It would probably be more fun if it was a $50 ticket as opposed to a $120 ticket. However, they have a lottery for students, which is $26.50 before the show. The best thing I could do is tell that this is kind of a happening. There were an awful lot of gray-haired baby-boomers there who are grooving to the music. You should get there early enough so you can see the quiz, Before the show they give a Beatles quiz which was fun. Did you know that two of them were left-handed? Yeah, Ringo and Paul, there you go. And some of the scenery is cute, the changing of wigs is cute. I tell you, the audience sings along with a lot of the songs. When the whole audience sings “Yesterday” there’s something very touching about it, and there’s twice where the audience is encouraged to get up and shake their booties, which they do. There were a couple of people who were shaking their booties before they were told to, which was blocking the people behind them and that doesn’t make anybody very happy, but what are you going to do? I tell you, the weak point of Rain on Broadway, is Rain. They really don’t sound all that much like the Beatles, I’ve certainly heard better cover bands, and they really don’t look all that much like the Beatles. They are sort of cute in their own right, but hearing the Beatles songs, a huge number of them, is great fun, and the audience reaction is great fun, so if I was going to rate this as a theatrical experience, I’d probably give it one and a half, maybe two stars. If I were rating it as a happening, I’d probably give it three and a half or four stars. If you’re not old enough to know what a happening is, then you’re probably going to want to skip this, but if you are, you’ll probably have a good time. I swear to you, I think that somebody was smoking weed during the show, but they probably just piped it in so we’d all feel that way. I’d give it three and a half stars, because how can you not love the Beatles?