MERCED — Beatles fans rejoice -- the fab four are coming to town.
For one night only, the award-winning Beatles musical "In My Life" will play at the Art Kamangar Center at the Merced Theatre on May 5.
The musical retells The Beatles' story through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein and features the live music of renowned tribute band Abbey Road.
Show organizers said the Modesto High School String Quartet will be performing three ballads on stage with the touring musicians. The troupe frequently invites local high school quartets to join them on stage, they said.
But the most unique aspect of the show is the behind-the-scenes glimpse at one of the world's greatest rock bands.
"There have been so many different Beatle band concert shows over the years, but in "In My Life" we get a chance to see The Beatles up-close-and-personal," said Tom Maher, one of the show's producers. "And hopefully gain a deeper insight into who they really were."
"In My Life" captures key moments in The Beatles' career, giving audiences a front-row seat to pivotal events and venues such as Liverpool's legendary Cavern Club, The Ed Sullivan Show, Shea Stadium, Abbey Road Studios and the final live performance on the rooftop of their Apple Corp. offices.
With manager Brian Epstein serving as narrator, "In My Life" gives audiences an uncensored look inside the world of the Beatles from their point of view.
Videos and images will play on a large screen behind the actors and musicians to set the stage for historical places such as the The Cavern Club.
The four musicians and actors cast to play John, Paul, George and Ringo were selected from 220 Beatle tribute musicians, most of whom showed up for auditions in costume and in character.
The nationally touring musical is widely considered as one of the most unique Beatles shows. It sold out Warnors Theatre in Fresno in 2011 and played Tower Theatre in Fresno last year.
The show starts 7 p.m. May 5 at the Art Kamangar Center at the Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St. Tickets are $29 to $39 and may be purchased online at tickets.mercedtheatre. org or by calling (209) 381-0500.
Reporter Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.