Beatles Stage Musical Set at Abbey Road Studios to Debut in 2016
The Beatles made some of the greatest music of the rock era at Abbey Road Studios. Now, the London landmark is set to serve as the backdrop for a new stage musical about the band.
The NME reports that the show, titled The Sessions at Abbey Road, will open next April at London's Royal Albert Hall, where plans call for a replica of Abbey Road's Studio Two to be built on stage. According to producer Stig Edgren, the storyline will offer audiences "a musical documentary giving audiences an honest, respectful and accurate re-creation of how music history was made."
As Beatles fans are well aware, the band recorded almost all of its studio material at Abbey Road, which was still known as EMI Studios when they filed into the building for their audition in the summer of 1962. They returned in the fall for their first EMI recording session, which produced "Love Me Do" and "How Do You Do It," the start of an incredible run during which, under the direction of producer George Martin, the group used Abbey Road to push the boundaries of recording technology while working on such groundbreaking efforts as Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Edgren insists The Sessions at Abbey Road will shy away from "lookalike" shows in which the performers dress up in "Sgt. Pepper's outfits" and wigs, and fans can take comfort in the knowledge that the show has the blessing of Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, who's acting as a creative consultant — and whose book Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles serves as the show's source material.
Tickets for The Sessions at Abbey Road are scheduled to go on sale June 19, and should be available through the Royal Albert Hall website.
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