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Best Thanksgiving Holiday Plan: 1964 The Tribute Fri., Nov. 27

Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix

Beatles Tribute

Black Friday just got better with a re-creation of an early '60s Beatles concert featuring "1964 The Tribute" at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 27 at the historic Celebrity Theatre.

“1964 The Tribute is the Best Beatles Tribute on Earth.” --- Rolling Stone Magazine

On February 9, 1964 the Fab Four sang four of their original songs on The Ed Sullivan Show (“All My Loving, “She Loves You,” “I Saw Her Standing There” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”) That hour revolutionized American popular music. 1964 The Tribute reenacts a Beatles concert from those touring years complete with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles and onstage banter. This time period is one of the most well documented (pictures, films, and eye witness accounts) times of the Beatles career. 1964 has performed on numerous TV shows including Fox News, CBS Early Show, Imus in the Morning, PM Magazine and many other programs worldwide.

John Lennon is portrayed by one of the group’s founding members Mark Benson. Drums and piano were Benson’s first instruments, but then at 17, he learned to play the guitar. He played in local bands and in 1984 started 1964. He currently produces all aspects of the show.

Mac Ruffing started playing the drums as a teen, but then saw a copy of a Hofner bass at a local music store. He taught himself how to play to Beatles’ records - thus starting his career as Paul McCartney. He played in several Beatle groups, including Help!, Imagine and Beatlemania Live.

George Harrison’s double is the group’s other founding member Tom Work. He worked in over 20 musical theatre productions both in lead roles and behind the scenes before taking a 12-year sabbatical from 1964, but notes, “…there’s nowhere I’d rather be, no group of performers I’d rather work with than 1964. It’s great to be back!”

Ringo Starr’s mirror image is Bobby Potter. He started taking snare lessons in the 5th grade and got his first set of drums in the 7th. Later, Potter made it a personal goal to be like Ringo. His personality shines onstage portrays Ringo with precision and style.

Don’t miss the most definitive and most accurate of all the Beatle shows 1964 The Tribute! Tickets ($25 and $40) are on still available at Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., in Phoenix, or online at www.celebritytheatre.com. To charge by phone, call 602-267-1600 ext.1. All tickets are subject to a surcharge.


 




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