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Theatre of Western Springs hosts Beatles 50th anniversary show

A record setting 73 million people turned on their black-and-white TVs Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964, making it one of the most significant moments in television history. Fifty years later, most people remember exactly where they were the night The Beatles stepped onto Ed Sullivan’s stage.

On the 50th anniversary of the time and date of that iconic TV appearance, American English, one of the best Beatles tribute bands, will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 9, at The Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. The concert is a fundraiser for the theater, and Beatles fans everywhere are invited.

American English captures the essence of John, Paul, George and Ringo. Every musical and visual detail will take the audiences back in time. Ed Sullivan impersonator Bob Rumba will make the evening even more realistic.

Frank Canino portrays John Lennon with his strong resemblance and his music/vocal ability. Eric Michaels also looks strikingly like Paul McCartney, whom he portrays. Guitarist James Paul Lynch is George Harrison. Tom Gable accurately duplicates Ringo Starr’s voice and his drumming style. Ken Zemanek is the keyboardist and sound architect for American English and he fills the role of The Beatles’ producer, Sir George Martin, by performing all the orchestrations and special effects live without any tapes or recordings.

Jennifer Jermano Miller, is the chairman of the theater’s fundraising committee and she says they anticipate a full house to see the Fab Four and Ed Sullivan.

Advance tickets to the American English concert are $30 for theater subscribers and $35 for nonsubscribers. Tickets purchased on the day of the event are $35 for subscribers and $40 for nonsubscribers. Call 708-246-3380 or buy tickets online at http://www.theatreofwesternsprings.com.

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