Project Description


— Beatles Rock Branson!

I spent a night with the Beatles – it was an exciting trip down memory lane, or I should say Abbey Lane, at The Mansion Theater in Branson, MO.

Louise Harrison, the late George Harrison’s sister, manages Liverpool Legends, a fantastic Beatles revival show featuring the legendary Liverpudlians whose music shook the world back in the 60’s. I am old enough to have personally witnessed this rock revolution and couldn’t wait to see the award-winning show.

In 1963 the Beatles were already big in Europe, but for some reason U.S. DJ’s refused to play their music. “While they were doing tremendously well in Britain and in Europe, their break came with the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964,” Louise said.

Louise was on a mission – to promote the Beatles in America, but she explained it was like hitting a brick wall. Brian Epstein sent Louise promo materials and Louise says she marketed the Beatles “by the seat of my pants.” Louise still has dozens of rejection letters from stations. With all of her effort and knocking on doors, she only managed to get one radio station in Frankfort, Illinois to play the Beatles.

By 1964 Louise was writing and broadcasting a daily Beatles report from Illinois on 21 major am radio stations across America for fans. “I took it upon myself to make sure the fans were informed with facts rather than fiction,“ says Louise. These radio stations are still probably kicking themselves for having such little foresight.

Liverpool Legends Beatles Tribute Band, are four musicians and actors hand-picked by Louise including a fifth Beatle on keyboard. Louise wants folks to know the show is live and not lip synching. This Fab 4 is as close to the real deal as possible. John, Paul, George and Ringo even emulate the mannerisms and characteristics of the group members. If you don’t have your glasses on, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference and you’d swear that you were at a live Beatles concert.

Between performing Beatles hits, the boys share stories and reminisce about their amazing Magical Mystery ride. Liverpool Legends brings back the days of pulsating rock and roll. The excited audience was rocking when the group belted out hit after Beatles’ hit, They couldn’t stay seated – they were pumped up, twisting and shouting in the aisles.

I almost fell out of my seat when Ed Sullivan announced a Beatles’ number – it seemed so real triggering a flood of memories recalling the first time I saw the Beatles debut on the Ed Sullivan Show February 9, 1964. It made me stop and wonder where all the years have gone.

Louise does a great job documenting the history and telling the Beatles’ story from an insider’s perspective – from the Beatles’ humble start in Liverpool’s Cavern Club to their electrifying performance on the Ed Sullivan Show and beyond. The fantastic show through music and anecdotes traces the Beatles’ history and journey from the I want to hold your Hand’s early days of Beatle-mania all the way through to Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road.

Be prepared for an exhilarating array of Beatles hits resurrecting the greatest group of all times. It’s a totally nostalgic and unforgettable Magical Mystery Ride.

GETTING THERE: AirTran Airways and beginning first half of 2013, Southwest Airlines will fly into Branson Airport

Photos and copy Michelle Newman