Travel back to the magical 1960s, a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!
After playing to rave reviews and sold-out crowds on London’s West End and on Broadway in New York, “Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of The Beatles,” a musical production seen by more than 1 million people worldwide, stops in South Bend tonight for a performance at the Morris Performing Arts Center, followed by a Chicago stop on Saturday at the Rosemont Theatre.
Acclaimed Beatles concert, “Let It Be” - the only show with grand rights to The Beatles’ music – is jam-packed with more than 40 Beatles’ hits, bringing the incredible catalog of songs to a whole new audience of music lovers.
“When attending one of our shows, audiences get more than just a high quality performance–they are invited to become immersed in an entertainment experience,” promises show creator Annerin Productions, which specializes in creating nostalgic theatrical concerts for audiences to experience legendary artists who are no longer touring such as “Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience,” “PFX– The Pink Floyd Experience,” and “The Australian Bee Gees Show.”
“Let It Be” has already been presented in Moscow, Japan, the U.K., Singapore, France, Germany, Switzerland and New Zealand. “All of the music is performed live so fans can relive The Beatles’ meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club through the heights of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces,” notes the press statement on the touring production.
A partial set list from “Let It Be” includes “Hard Day’s Night,” “Day Tripper,” “Twist and Shout,” “Get Back,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “Strawberry Fields,” “Yesterday,” “Penny Lane,” “Magical Mystery Tour,” “Hey Jude,” “Come Together,” and, of course, “Let It Be.” More: letitbelive.com
• Heavy alt-rock band Chevelle - Pete Loeffler (guitars, vocals), Sam Loeffler (drums) and Dean Bernardini (bass, vocals) – natives of Gurnee, Ill., will soon headline a tour in support of its seventh album, “La Gárgola” ( Epic Records). The Used and Marmozets are support groups on the tour, which wraps May 22 with a hometown show at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Ticket info: getmorechevelle.com.
• “The 2nd Annual Northwest Indiana Comic-Con” returns to the region Saturday at The Halls of St. George (905 E. Joliet Street) in Schererville and will feature artists and dealers, a cosplay corner, a table top gaming room, concessions and more. Event manager Brian Grabinski has added a live magic show, a special effects demo by two contestants from Syfy’s Face-Off series, a kids’ costume parade, and a free pop rock concert by the band Phosphene.
“We are hosting two local charities on site - Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Foundation and the Humane Society Calumet Area - and having items available for raffle and purchase with all proceeds donated to those charities,” explained Grabinski. The convention is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $8 adults, $4 for seniors and military and first responders, and $2 children under 12. More: nwi-comic-con.wix.com/updates.
• British Invasion music icon Peter Asher (of Peter & Gordon) guests at 6 p.m. Feb. 24 on “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” on Merrillville’s 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio to discuss “The British Invasion 50th Anniversary Tour” coming to Chicago Winery on March 7.
Lakeshore’s “A Look at the Arts” program welcomes guest Marky Ramone of The Ramones to discuss his new memoir “Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone” at noon Feb. 25. Both programs may be streamed live in real time online at: lakeshorepublicmedia.org