Musician Paul Curatolo grew up loving the Beatles -- and now he's following in his father's footsteps and playing Sir Paul McCartney in Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles playing Boston's Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre Friday-Saturday, Feb. 26-27.
"I was born with the Beatles music all around me -- The Beatles meant home, good music and comfort," said Curatolo recently.
Playing McCartney is a dream come true for him.
"My father and I had begun playing Beatles songs together at home. You could say it's our family business," he said.
"I'd grown up watching my dad portray McCartney in Rain. Then, one day he asked me if I would like to train for the part -- and the rest is history."
The Beatles music is timeless and diverse and includes songs that all can relate to, said Curatolo.
Rain features a full range of Beatles tunes from the early hits to later classics, including "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "Hard Day's Night," "Let It Be," "Come Together" and "Hey, Jude." Also included are several complex, challenging songs that the legendary foursome recorded, but never performed before a live audience.
The production has been newly imagined with updated sets, new high-definition screens and multimedia content.
"Rain's overall look and feel is vibrant and bold," said Curatolo. "The bright colors and dramatic lighting convey the excitement and nostalgia of Beatles music, accompanied with the new lighting and video to enhance the experience."
Rain plays the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre Friday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 27, at 3 and 8 p.m. Tickets $38.75-$93.75 at box office, through www.citicenter.org, call 800-982-2787 or through Ticketmaster.
On the marquee
- LINCOLN LEGACY: Former Gov. Deval Patrick joins the Orchestra of Indian Hill on Sunday, Feb. 21, to narrate Aaron Copland's classic 'Lincoln Portrait' at the Orchestra's 3 p.m. concert at Littleton High School Performing Arts Center, 56 King St., Littleton. The concert, conducted by Maestro Bruce Hangen, also features a suite from John Williams' score for the 2012 film Lincoln and works by African-American composers William Grant Still and Hale Smith.
- A FAMILY'S JOURNEY: The Apple Family returns to Stoneham Theatre Feb. 25-March 13 in Sorry, the third in the four play series of Apple Family Plays by Richard Nelson. The play features the same cast, under Weylin Symes' direction. All have committed to the four-play cycle being staged by Stoneham and Gloucester Stage Company. In Sorry, the close-knit Apple family gathers on Election Day 2012 to face the dilemma of putting their beloved elderly uncle into a nursing home. The fourth play in the series will be performed this summer in Gloucester. Tickets $45-$50 adults; $40-$45 seniors and $20 students, with valid ID at www.stonehamtheatre.org.
- OUT AND ABOUT: Opal Ensemble presents Of The Shimmering Air, a free lunchtime concert on Friday, Feb. 19, at noon at Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Ave. The trio includes Westford resident Paul Carlson, the pianist, and Arlington residents Todd Brunel, clarinet, and Anne Black, viola. The concert features four works for duos and trios, including a world premiere that celebrates the cold weather season... Northern Essex Community College's presents Edges: A Song Cycle, a coming of age musical, Friday-Saturday, Feb. 19-20, at 7:30 p.m., in the Chester W. Hawrylciw Theater in the Spurk Building on the Haverhill campus. Composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote the musical in 2005 as 19-year-old UMichigan musical theatre undergrads unhappy with the roles they got in their school's productions. The musical confronts the trials and tribulations of growing up and searching for love, commitment and meaning. $10, general admission; $8, students and seniors at door or at www.MVarts.info... The Berklee College of Music's Musical Theater Club presents Stephen Sondheim's macabre musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street on Wednesday-Thursday, Feb. 24-25, at 7:30 p.m., at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. $8 in advance; $12 at door. Visit www.berklee.edu.bpc.
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