In My Life—A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles is the award-winning musical biography of the Beatles as seen through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein. It features the live music of renowned tribute band Abbey Road and is considered by many industry insiders to be the most unique Beatles show in decades.
Epstein (Murphy Martin) makes his presence known throughout the musical, narrating his side of the story from his discovery of the Fab Four at the Cavern Club in Liverpool to the aftermath of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Epstein discovered the group but also influenced their fashion sense and personal touch with their audiences.
Tom Maher, one of the co-producers alongside Andy Nagle, said a friend gave him a biography on Epstein, and that became the basis of the musical. “It took a while to get the pacing,” Maher said, “but we are happy with the results.” He added that he wanted to make the portrayal as accurate as possible, with the band using the exact gear from box amps to guitars. All costumes mirror the original designs.
The show also portrays the Beatles themselves—George Harrison (Zak Schaffer), John Lennon (Nathaniel Bott), Paul McCartney (Christopher Overall) and Ringo Starr (Axel Clarke)—as authentically as possible. Its song list includes “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Penny Lane” and many other memorable hits from the 1960s. All cast members are 22-32 years old, age-appropriate for Epstein and the Beatles during that time period.
In My Life—A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles played to a capacity audience at the Washington Center in 2015.
What: In My Life—A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles
Where: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts,
512 Washington St. SE, Olympia
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11
How much: $33-$58
Learn more: 360-753-8585 | washingtoncenter.org