Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on the Road

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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on the Road
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on the Road.jpg
Poster
Music John Lennon
Paul McCartney
George Harrison
Book Robin Wagner
Tom O'Horgan
Productions 1974 Beacon Theatre

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on the Road was a 1974 off-Broadway production directed by Tom O'Horgan.[1] It opened at the Beacon Theatre in New York on November 17, 1974 and ran for a total of 66 performances.[2]

The plot tells of a Candide-like rock music singer, Billy Shears, who marries Strawberry Fields. Billy loses her to death, and his own integrity to Maxwell's Silver Hammermen, Jack, Sledge and Claw, dressed in chain mail and representing the Hells Angels of the commercial music business. Billy's bête noire is a temptress named Lucy.

Among the original cast were Ted Neeley as Billy Shears and Alaina Reed as Lucy. David Patrick Kelly played Sgt.Pepper.

The musical would later be loosely adapted into the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band film.

John Lennon once attended a showing of the play in 1974. It was caught on film in the original promo video for "Whatever Gets You Through The Night".

Credits[edit]

Produced by Robert Stigwood, in association with Brian Avnet and Scarab Productions, Inc.;Executive Producer, Peter Browan; Associate Producers: Gatchell and Neufeld, Steven Singer, Steven Metz and Howard Dando

Music and Lyrics by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr Directed by Tom O’Horgan Scenic Design by Robin Wagner Lighting Design by Jules Fisher Costume Design by Randy Barcelo Sound Design by Abe Jacob Music Arranged and conducted by Gordon Lowry Harrell

Production Supervisor: Richard Scanga

Opening Night Cast

Ted Neeley Billy Shears Allan Nicholls Jack Hammer Kay Cole Strawberry fields B.G. Gibson Claw Hammer William Parry Sledge Hammer Alaina Reed Lucy

Hammeroids Blake Anderson Arlana Blue Ron Capossoli Stoney Reece Jason Roberts

Understudies: Billy – David Patrick Kelley; Strawberry & Lucy – Stoney Reece; Sgt. Pepper, Polythene Pam – Michael Meadows

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] The Theater: Contagious Vulgarity, Time, 12/02/1974
  2. ^ [2] Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on the Road, BroadwayWorld.com