It’s hard to believe that it’s 50 years since the Beatles first concertized in the United States. Especially because, once they appeared here, their music became installed ever after in the collective consciousness and still seems fresh. And the purpose of Legacy Productions’ musical, “From the Cavern and On,” featuring the music of the Beatles and many other English musicians, is to reinforce just how predominant and popular the sounds from the other side of the Pond were and continue to be here in the U.S.
The Cavern Club in Liverpool was where the Beatles originated and honed their distinctive music. Legacy Productions, in homage to that location, sets its entertainment in front of a reproduction--designed by Darryl Stines--of the Cavern’s rear wall, even memorializing on the “brick” backdrop the names of many of the bands who, over the years, played at the club and signed the walls. To further honor the legacy of the flow of British music to the New World, this production’s band, consisting of John Basa on drums; Gary Epps on keyboard, guitar and vocals; Dave Halford on guitar and vocals; Steve Sheppard on bass and vocals; and Diane Dean-Epps and Sue Legate Halford on vocals and dance moves, cover many of the top songs performed by British musicians during the period between 1963 to 1985 (with one Coldplay song from 2008). If you were conscious of music during any of that time, you will recognize most of the more than 40 tunes played--think of music by the Beatles, the Dave Clark Five, Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Rolling Stones, Petula Clark, Procol Harum, David Bowie and Elton John, to name just a few. You’ve got to love all of this music!
Although this isn’t a theatrical play, Diane Dean-Epps wrote a bit of the history of the bands and their invasion of U.S. shores, and this background information is recited between some songs. But mostly, this is a musical performance of instruments and voice replicating many of the much-loved tunes emanating from England. You will definitely tap your toes and have to control yourself so as not to hum along. If you like the great music from the English musical invasion, go see “From the Cavern and On” at the Nevada Theatre, playing through June 21.
Hindi Greenberg had to keep herself from warbling along with the band--it would have been un-tunefully distracting to everyone around her.