Fab Four fans can revel in the sounds of Paul, John, George and Ringo when "Rain — A Tribute to the Beatles" lands at the Oriental Theatre June 26.
The production, presented by Broadway in Chicago, is performed concert-style, and runs through July 1. All eras of the Beatles' career will be be spotlighted, from "The Ed Sullivan Show" days to Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road.
"It's very exciting that we're performing in Chicago," said Jim Irizarry, a Chicago native who portrays John Lennon.
Irizarry said he's been a member of Rain for 2-1/2 years. He's had experience playing Fab Four music in previous Beatles bands through the years.
"It's a dream for me to be a part of this," he said. "I've been a Beatles fan since I was a youngster. I grew up listening to my older brother's records."
John, he said, was always his favorite Liverpudlian.
Through the fun, multimedia show, Irizarry said, the audience becomes totally engrossed in the sounds and sights of The Beatles.
"We get the audience dancing and singing," he said.
Irizarry said it's interesting for the performers to trace The Beatles' career through their decade of change.
"There's a lot of variety in the different eras," he said, adding they start out with the raucous, rootsy sounds of the early Beatles and proceed to their polished suit days and on to the late ’60s more innovative rock era.
"This is nostalgia for a lot of people," he said. "For people in their 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond, this was their youth."
In the show, fans will not only hear all the great tunes but see a bit of history while news clips and other images depicting the events of the '60s flash on screen.
"We do all of the costumes too," he said.
Irizarry said audience members appreciate all the attention to detail in the show. "And they appreciate the music," he said.
For Chicago fans thinking of checking out the show, Irizarry encourages them to come out and celebrate.
"It's really a fabulous time even for people who aren't Beatles fans. For those who enjoy classic rock and roll, it's a great show that has non-stop energy. It's a walk down memory lane."