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Fab: Beatles shows on B’way, in Vegas

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It’s a week of good news for Beatlemaniacs (like Variety’s Cynthia Littleton). The New York Times reports that tribute band Rain will bring its Fabs show to the Neil Simon Theater in Gotham in October, while Cheap Trick, the pride of Rockford, Illinois, opens its recreation of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” at Paris in Las Vegas this Friday for a run that continues through June 30 and returns briefly in July.

The Times notes that “Rain — A Tribute to the Beatles On Broadway” marks the return of the British band’s music to the Great White Way more than three decades after the closure of the 1977 jukebox musical “Beatlemania.” The paper fails to note that there’s some continuity here: Founded as the bar band Reign in the mid-’70s and directed by keyboardist Mark Lewis (an early member who now serves as a kind of “fifth Beatle,” a la Billy Preston), L.A.-bred Rain currently comprises a quartet of musicians who are all veterans of either B’way or touring productions of “Beatlemania.”

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