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Beatles Musical Will Open in Los Angeles Before Broadway

'Backbeat' based on 1994 movie about the band's early days

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May 31, 2012 9:25 AM ET

A stage adaptation of Backbeat, the 1994 film about the early days of the Beatles, will open in Los Angeles before hitting Broadway, Billboard reports. The musical will launch at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles on January 16th and officially open on January 23rd. The show will finish its run on February 24th before moving across the country to New York sometime later next year.

Backbeat first opened in Glasgow, Scotland in 2010 and played on the West End in London through February 18th of this year. The show does not include any Beatles originals, but does prominently feature performances of songs the group covered in their early period, such as "Long Tall Sally," "Please Mr. Postman" and "Twist and Shout."

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