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The 'Cast' brings Beatlemania to Uniontown

| Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, 8:56 p.m.
The “Cast” of Beatlemania recalls the memories of the Beatles when they perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 16 at the State Theatre, 37 E. Main St., Uniontown. From left are, in front, Lenie Colacino as Paul on bass guitar, Jim Filgate as George on lead guitar and Carlo Cantamessa as John on rhythm guitar and in back, John Delgado as Ringo on drums. Orchestra sounds and arrangements by Mark Templeton on keyboard. Submitted

The Beatles' music set the pop rock standard for most of the 1960s.

Now, more than four decades later, the “Cast” of Beatlemania recalls the memories of that exciting era when the “Fab Four” ruled the world of rock 'n' roll when they take the stage at 8 p.m. Feb. 16 at the State Theatre, 37 E. Main St., Uniontown.

The “Cast” will re-create the sights and sounds of The Beatles, allowing faithful fans to remember when the world was engulfed in the most “pleasant fever of all, Beatlemania,” show producers said.

The “Cast” show begins with songs of The Beatles' early days and continues as the band members changed in their careers. Three different costumes coincide with the changing music and times.

Show organizers said this is the first, original and only complete representation of the musical force called The Beatles.

Some of the songs performed during the first act include “I Saw Her Standing There,” “You're Gonna Lose That Girl,” “Please Please Me,” “All My Loving,” “A Hard Day's Night,” “Happy Just to Dance With You,” “Help!,” “Yesterday” and “Day Tripper.”

Act 2 includes hits such as “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” Hey Jude,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “Come Together,” “Penny Lane,” “Revolution” and “Let It Be.”

The “Cast” features former members who starred in the Broadway production and have performed in all 50 states and more than 20 countries, including Canada, England, Mexico, Brazil and Japan.

The group was individually selected from thousands of musicians who auditioned from all over the United States for the Broadway show “Beatlemania.”

Carlo Cantamessa portrays John Lennon in the band. Besides being the manager of the group, he plays rhythm guitar and sings lead vocals. He has performed in this role for 30 years, and has toured extensively, both nationally and internationally, receiving worldwide praise for his sound- and look-alike impersonation. His sound-alike quality to that of Lennon is “purely natural, yet dramatic enough to convince the most avid Beatles fan,” organizers said.

Lenie Colacino performs as Paul McCartney. He was in the original Broadway production of “Beatlemania” and was its first left-handed member. With a voice that “naturally captures” McCartney's range and tone and his physical resemblance to the original, he “combines all the elements that have made him so respected in the Beatle business,” organizers said. He has been the singing and speaking voices of dozens of national TV and radio ads and recently has provided three of the four voices of the “Beetles” on the Nickelodeon show, “The Wonder Pets.”

Jim Filgate performs as George Harrison on lead guitar and lead vocals. Organizers said he has been the heart of the show for 13 years, bringing a lifetime of musical experience to his role nationally and internationally.

Filgate has a successful music-instruction school and plays every instrument in the group with “uncanny perfection,” producer's said.

John Delgado portrays drummer Ringo Starr. He also sings. He has been an integral part of the show for seven years with a successful background in theater and music. He has toured nationally and internationally, offering a “stunning rendition of Starr's drumming, singing, mannerisms and energy,” organizers said.

Mark Templeton plays keyboards and percussion. He has toured nationally and internationally as a world-renowned jazz pianist. He is a studied classical arranger and creates his own sound patches for each instrument, copying the sound and feel “perfectly.”

He is responsible for the orchestra sounds and arrangements in the show.

Tickets are priced at $25, $35 and $45; for tickets, call the theater at 724-439-1360. For more information about the “Cast” of Beatlemania, visit at www.moptops.com.

Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at swolford@tribweb.com.

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