Monday, November 3, 2008

Beatlemania at Spirit Square

Spirit Square was transformed into the 1960s on Sunday night for Beatlemania at the McGlohon Theatre.

The show, hosted by John Tosco -- of Tosco Music Party fame -- and the Blumenthal, was to drum up interest in the upcoming "RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles" at Belk Theater this month.

Audience members of all ages came decked out in groovy 60s and 70s duds for the costume contest.

The winner? A dead ringer for Paul McCartney, who had his accent down to a T.

The night included audience singalongs to "Hard Day's Night" and "I Saw Her Standing There" led by Tosco, whose enthusiasm for music is infectious. Audience members sang, danced and clapped freely, including barking along during "Hey Bulldog."

The show was also broken up by stellar performances from 16-year-old Emily Sadler who sang a beautiful version of "Real Love," and Paul Rosen, whose rendition of "Let it Be" inspired audience members to wave their lighted cell phones in the air. It may have been a night dedicated to the music of the 60s, but we were clearly in 2008.

RAIN runs at the Belk Nov. 24-25. I've seen the show before, and it's a hoot. Get your tickets here.

Tosco will host his next Music Party Jan. 31 and his next Beatles Tribute Party June 6.