The internationally acclaimed jukebox musical, The British Invasion — Live on Stage, makes two stops in Montana: 7:30 p.m. March 19 at the Alberta Bair Theater in Billings and 7:30 p.m. March 20 at the Mother Lode Theatre in Butte. Tune in to the hottest music from the 1960s during this immersive multi-media show.
From the producers of The Simon & Garfunkel Story, which graced the ABT and Mother Lode stages in early December, The British Invasion – Live on Stage puts the audience front and center to a historic wave of new music.
In January, 1964, America was still mourning the death of President John F. Kennedy; music was dominated by manufactured teen idols, Elvis was in Hollywood, and everything was squeaky clean and dull. On Sunday night, Feb 9, 1964, close to 50% of US television viewers tuned in to the #1 variety show of the era, The Ed Sullivan Show, to see the American debut of a British group called The Beatles. The concert transformed and revitalized music, art, fashion and literature, and within a week, British music was pouring over America’s airwaves – thrilling teenagers and terrifying their parents.
Featuring an all-live band backed by huge projections of period photos, along with original film footage, the show focuses on the British music that dominated the charts and the airwaves during the 1960s. Hear bands such as The Rolling Stones, Dave Clark 5, The Animals, The Kinks, Dusty Springfield, Manfred Mann, The Searchers, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Zombies, Freddie & The Dreamers, and Herman’s Hermits, along with dozens more.
Billings: Tickets, starting at $37, are available at the ABT Box Office, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, by phone at 406-256-6052; and on the ABT website.
Butte: Tickets are $40-$80 and available online or by calling 406-723-3602.