[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paul McCartney[/lastfm] a.k.a New Yorker Joey Curatolo became a hit broadway star in Beatlemania and now Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles when he was delivering packages in Manhattan. He accidentally happened upon an open-call casting for Beatlemania and was asked if he was there to play the part of McCartney.
Curatolo “threw the packages down and went,’Yes.'” Rain presents the history of the Beatles using only their music with no plot and is basically like being at a concert. Curatolo explains “It’s a concert on Broadway. t’s a feel-good two and a half hours because everybody knows the music. It’s quite a gathering.”
Except for the fact that it’s a set format, rather than what the original [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beatles [/lastfm]would have been used to: “When you’re on Broadway, there are light cues, a lot of people involved, so we have to stick to a certain format. But we have a segment in our show where we play acoustic guitars, which gives us the liberty to be a little bit loose and we can call songs on the fly at that moment. That gives us the ability to keep fresh again. To play this music night after night is not so much where everybody thinks it’s a challenge, because when you see the faces every night, they’re hearing it for the first time, fresh again. For us, it’s fulfilling.”
According to Curatolo, Rain brings tears to fans eyes every night: “For a lot of the people who lived in the Beatles era, I see a lot of tears. It’s an experience for them because it’s a chance for them for two hours to relive their childhood. It really, really is coming across to us because we’re feeding off of that energy. They’re loving it.”
Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles is playing at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York through Jan. 9, 2011.