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The Fab Four reignite the Beatles' magic

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Entertainment,Music,Nancy Dunham

Hindsight is an interesting thing. Even those that were fans of the Beatles, and ultimate '60s rock pioneers, will find a lot to love in the Fab Four show.

Certainly, classic Beatles songs such as "Can't Buy Me Love," "Yesterday," "Here Comes the Sun" and "Hey Jude" are still constants on American radio airwaves, but there's something exciting about seeing the Fab Four recreate the live shows of the Beatles. Sure, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney still perform, but there's little doubt that the original Fab Four had a special magic.

"This just might be the BEST concert that I have ever attended. If you like music and want to be entertained, go to this concert. If you like the Beatles and/or their music, then this show is a must see," wrote one of hundreds of enthusiastic fans on a ticketing review site. "The music, arrangements, costumes, voices, etc. makes it look and sound just as if The Beatles were resurrected. The banter with the crowd, together with audience participation, makes it an evening to remember."

Of course, many such reviews are somewhat biased, but with the Los Angeles Times calling the Fab Four show "The best Beatles' show in the world," it's difficult not to become a believer. Reviews note the attention to detail in the show -- on everything from the instruments played to the three costume changes that recreate the 1960s era of the British invasion.

Onstage
The Fab Four
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Warner Theatre, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Info: $35 to $45; 202-783-4000; warnertheatredc.com

The touring cast of the show has top credentials, including playing music and touring with such artists as Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty and the Monkees' Micky Dolenz. Other performers have acting backgrounds that include roles in such motion pictures as "National Lampoon's Vacation."

A review by Gary Budzak for the Columbus Dispatch stressed that while watching the Fab Four sing the Beatles' standards, there were other surprises that allowed the audience's imagination to flourish.

"While the original Beatles didn't play together on [Paul McCartney's song] 'Live and Let Die' and John Lennon's 'Imagine,' seeing The Fab Four perform the song made you think what it would have been like had The Beatles stayed together," Budzak wrote.

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