A good impersonation can be indistinguishable from the real thing, which is why method actors are no longer allowed to play dictators. Take in a safer form of imitation with this GrouponLive deal to see Classic Albums Live – The Beatles at the Carolina Theatre. For $17, you get one ticket for Balcony 2 seating on Friday, October 19, at 8 p.m. (up to a $35.45 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
The studio-born and classically trained musicians of Classic Albums Live romanticize music’s long-playing, preshuffle heyday with live recreations of entire records, meticulously maintaining every note and cut of the original recordings. With the iconic opening bass line of "Come Together," the band dives into the entirety of The Beatles' 1969 album, Abbey Road. Placing it at No. 14 on its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Rolling Stone calls the work the Fab Four's "most polished album" and a "real goodbye" to their fans before their breakup. To cap off their career, each of The Beatles showcased some of his best work: during "Oh! Darling," Paul fills his vocals with wrenching, soulful desperation; John anguishes over a love his guitar later drowns out in the heavy, distorted riffs of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"; the sunny pop of "Here Comes the Sun" demonstrates the mastery of George's composition skills; and Ringo hammers on his drum set in "The End."
The Classics Album Live band unites for the melodious transitions across the latter half of the album—commonly referred to as the "Abbey Road Medley." The run weaves the absurdist imagery of mean Mr. Mustard and women climbing through bathroom windows with the beautiful, acoustical aphorism: "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make." After the group wails through the happy, uplifting finale that is “The End” of Abbey Road, it peels through another set stuffed with more of The Beatles' greatest hits.
One of the few original theaters in Durham to remain in operation, the Carolina Theatre has endured more than 85 years of history in its quest to entertain. The venue's main room, Fletcher Hall, rose in popularity during World War II, when soldiers from Camp Butner arrived by bus to watch films on its colossal screen. In the last three decades, ongoing renovations have restored the venue to its original glory while propelling it into contemporary times with the addition of modern accoutrements, including two upstairs movie screens, stage-level dressing rooms, and landing pads on the roof for skateboard hovercrafts.