This musical’s been around since 1977. It offers a nostalgic look back at the pandemonium that occured a decade or so earlier when The Beatles broke big and conquered North America with their boyish good looks, mod style and insanely catchy pop rock songs.
For a taste of what that was like, here’s video of the song “A Hard Day’s Night” from their legendary 1965 concert at New York’s Shea Stadium. Nowadays, such hysterical spectacles are relatively common place. But back then, the global influence of mass media and its ability to rocket people to fame was still a new and, apart from the theories of Canadian communications guru Marshal McLuhan, poorly understood phenomenon.
Beatlemania on Tour is at Conexus Arts Centre at 8 p.m. ($60.50, kids under 16 $40.50. 525-9999.)
Elsewhere in Regina as far as music goes, Pink Moth is playing with Raised By Swans at the Exchange. And at O’Hanlon’s Pub, The Ex-Boyfriends headline a gig with the Pine Tarts. And at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival there’s a special promotion called Thursday Night Live with a host of musical acts, theatre and poetry being performed at various restaurants, bars and other facilities in the neighbourhood.