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The Interactive Beatles Experience at Diana Wortham Theatre

ASHEVILLE NC – The sights and sounds of the 1960s and the most important music of a generation come alive as the British invasion returns with Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience, Friday, September 19, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Yesterday and Today kicks off the 2014/2015 Mainstage Season at Diana Wortham Theatre.

Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience is a foot-stomping, sing-along sensational night, bringing back songs that are woven into the cultural tapestry of the 20th century, with a set list compiled according to the audience’s requests and performed by the McGuigan brothers exactly as it was originally recorded: no wigs, no faked accents, no pretense. “Once you take those elements away,” says creator Billy McGuigan, “you get down to the most important part: the magical music.

The band plays the Beatles’ catalogue note for note. Prior to the performance, the audience is encouraged to fill out a request form with their favorite Beatles song and the reason why they chose the song. Those requests are organized five minutes before show time and ultimately create the set list for the evening, with the stories providing the evening’s narrative.

Show founders Billy, Ryan, and Matthew McGuigan have toured the country with Yesterday and Today since 2007, offering a unique, interactive concert experience – born out of the idea that everyone has a story or particular memory attached to the legendary music of The Beatles.

The McGuigan brothers united their musical talents, charms, and passion for performing to create the ultimate living tribute to the greatest man they’ve ever known: their father. Originally from Largo, FL, the McGuigan brothers were just 21, 18, and 15 years old in 1996 when their father, William (“Bill”) McGuigan, passed away after a courageous battle with leukemia. Part of Bill’s legacy for his boys was sharing his love – and extensive catalogue – of Beatles’ music; Bill owned every album, even the obscure ones. Little did any of them know that it would turn out to be one of the greatest gifts a father could pass on to his children.

Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience’s Asheville performance is made possible by Performance Sponsors Nancy Houha & William Hilson and Dianne & David Worley; and by Mainstage Music Series Sponsors Henry LaBrun, First Citizens Bank, The Omni Grove Park Inn, and Ward and Smith, P.A.; with additional support from Media Sponsors WNC magazine, Rock 105.1, 97.7 The Brew, and WTZQ AM 1600.

The entrance for the Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place is marked by the location of the theatre’s marquee between 12 and 14 Biltmore Avenue. Patrons enter the theatre through the breezeway between Marble Slab Creamery and White Duck Taco, and into a large interior courtyard with multiple glass doors to the theatre’s lower lobby and box office. The intimate theatre seats just over 500 and boasts exceptional acoustics and sightlines, making it the premier performance space in Western North Carolina. The Mainstage Series is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. The Mainstage Series 2014/2015 Season Sponsors are the Asheville Scene, Blue Moon Water, Creative Energy, Laurey’s Catering and Gourmet-to-go, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. To obtain more information on the Mainstage Series or to purchase tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.

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