The room was full when we entered the The Cube to see the Cliff Joins the Beatles show, which is based on a concept whereby Cliff Richard, after splitting with The Shadows, then joins The Beatles at the invitation of Paul McCartney, much to the disdain of John Lennon.
The performance is initially set in the famous Abbey Road studios where The Beatles are rehearsing for a second Australian tour and are awaiting Richard to join them.
The Beatle Boys, obviously playing the part of The Beatles, are singing some of the early Beatles hits such as "Hard Days Night", "Please Please Me" and “Love Me do” when Cliff (Marty Rhone) finally joins them in the studio and they proceed to play up a storm of Beatles and Cliff Richard hits from that era.
The scenes are acted out as though it was real, complete with snide remarks and obvious jokes that made up the show, which was split into two. The first part of the show is set in the recording studio, the second as though they were playing in concert.
Whilst I profess to not know much about the early Cliff Richard and The Shadows songs, I found this show to be highly entertaining and, as noted before, the jokes and snide remarks made up the glue between hits. The music was upbeat and certainly had you toe tapping, if not singing along, reminding you of all the great melodies and hits these artists generated at the time.
The second set closed with the classic "Hey Jude", which saw the crowd joining in the sing-a-long.
For the encore, Marty Rhone "lets" the cat out of the bag by stating he isn't Cliff Richard and proceeds to sing his No 1 classic "Denim and Lace".
A great night was had by all and definitely worth seeing. Only two shows left after their national tour - Castle Hill and Revesby Workers – but, if you get the opportunity, make sure that you see them.
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