There is no better way to celebrate 50 years of The Beatles then with RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles that features four lads who do their best to sound, sing, play and banter just like them. Jimmy Irizarry stars as John Lennon in this broadway style concert, which comes to the Citi Performing Arts Center next week.
SD: Growing up were you a fan of the Beatles?
JI: Most definitely! I was raised on their music. My brothers and sisters were always playing their records. I started to learn how to play the guitar at the age of 12 just so I could play their songs.
SD: You perform as John Lennon, he is such an iconic musical figure, how do you prepare?
JI: It is big shoes to fill. We try to portray our characters as realistic as possible. I’ve added a lot of John’s sense of humor, movements, and vocal style. We stay true to who they are as a group.
SD: What have you learned about the Beatles since you started performing in Rain?
JI: I’m always discovering new things about the group. What has been interesting for me are the details surrounding the recordings of the songs and the music – what instruments were used and why. Just the entire creative process.
SD: Do you have a favorite Beatles song?
JI: My favorite would be “I Should Have Known Better” from A Hard Day’s Night. The song is performed on the train and is the high point of the film. They are having a jam session with the fans. From the Rain show, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Come Together.”
SD: What can the audience expect to see and hear in the show?
JI: The Beatles on Broadway. It’s a multimedia show- lots of lights, 6 costume changes, and a great video montage. We take the audience from the 50’s through the late 60s. For any Beatles fan, it is great historical journey. We also want active audience members, so we encourage them to sing and dance the night away.