Article taken from Bocs Scene.
For singer Marty Rhone, creating Cliff Joins The Beatles was a chance to indulge in some musical fantasy.
The Australian music legend was determined to create something original with his music concert show so he let his imagination run wild and eventually wondered what it would have been like if Cliff Richard joined The Beatles.
Imagining that The Beatles returned to Australia for a second tour with the Living Doll singer (played by Marty), this show takes place in both the famed Abbey Road Studios and during a mythical Australian concert.
“Cliff had left the Shadows in 1969 and around the same time The Beatles were rehearsing for a live concert,” explains Marty of some of the real life synergies which surrounded his idea. “During the rehearsals John and Paul were not talking and there were a lot of problems. Because Cliff also recorded at Abbey Road, I created this fantasy that Paul invited Cliff to join them for a jam session and it transformed into a full tour.”
Both Cliff and The Beatles present a collection of their hits in the show and Marty says it was important for each to retain their individuality, rather than a whole new kind of music coming from the collaboration.
“I never intended for Cliff to become one of The Beatles, which is why I found four guys who embody The Beatles music and the personality of each member.”
See Cliff Joins The Beatles at the Astor Theatre on June 16.