The 2011 Drama Desk Award winning production of RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles on Broadway will play its final performance on Broadway Sunday, July 31, 2011 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 W 47th St) after 8 previews and 300 regular performances, as the company heads to South Africa to bring the music of the Beatles to Johannesburg. After opening October 26, 2010 at the Neil Simon theatre for an 13 week limited engagement, RAIN recouped its initial $2 million investment in just seven weeks. The show re-opened by popular demand at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on February 8, 2011, grossed $8.75 million, and has been igniting crowds nightly ever since.
"As plans for the Johannesburg engagement of RAIN progressed, it became clear that we needed our Broadway cast sooner than we expected, hence the adjustment to our final performance date on Broadway," producer Jeff Parry said. "We look forward to these final weeks at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre and to the continued success of RAIN on the road and across the globe. What started out as a little tribute band 30 years ago in Los Angeles, paying homage to the greatest band in the world, has now become a worldwide phenomenon."
Winner of the 2011 Drama Desk for Outstanding Revue, RAIN - A Tribute to The Beatles On Broadway currently stars its original creators Joey Curatolo (vocals, bass, guitar, piano), Joe Bithorn (vocals, lead guitar, guitar synthesizer), Ralph Castelli (vocals, drums, percussion), Steve Landes (vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica) and Mark Lewis (founding member and manager.)
RAIN has played nearly 800 shows to over a million people worldwide, including audiences in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Canada and the United States, and has grossed $55.5 million worldwide since 2008. In the past few years, the touring production of RAIN reached as high as number 8 on the Pollstar worldwide touring charts - a list that includes artists such as Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi and Elton John.
Like The Beatles, the onstage members of RAIN are not only supreme musicians, but electrifying performers in their own right. In addition to members of the original RAIN band, at certain performances the show features the talents of Graham Alexander, Mark Beyer, Joe Bologna, Douglas Cox, Jim Irizarry, Alan LoBoeuf, David Leon, Mark Lewis, Jimmy Pou, Mac Ruffing, Andy Sarraf, John Korba, Chris Smallwood and Tom Teeley.
Together longer than The Beatles themselves, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that's as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics that The Beatles never got the chance to play live, this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends.
Tickets for RAIN range from $25 - $122 (including a $2 facility fee) and can be purchased through July 31, 2011 by visiting the Brooks Atkinson box office (256 W 47th St), online at www.Ticketmaster.com, or calling 877-250-2929. The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday and Thursday at 7PM; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 8PM with a 2pm matinee on Wednesday and Saturday; Sunday at 3PM.
For more information, including how to purchase tickets to RAIN on Broadway and on tour, please visit www.RainTribute.com.