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 – Beatles Marathon: Part 1 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Prudential Hall on Sunday, November 11. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $19, you get one ticket for seating in the first tier (a $35 value).
- For $29, you get one ticket for seating in the orchestra (a $55 value).
Choose between two shows:
- Performance of A Hard Day’s Night and Help! at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m.
- Performance of Rubber Soul and Revolver at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
The studio-born and classically trained musicians of Classic Albums Live romanticize music’s long-playing, preshuffle heyday with live re-creations of entire records, meticulously maintaining every note and cut of the original recordings. With the uncertain yet iconic opening guitar chord of "A Hard Day’s Night," the band dives into the entirety of The Beatles' 1964 album of the same name. A half-hour of blissful-pop jangle, A Hard Day’s Night skips along with the sped-up boxcar harmonica of “I Should Have Known Better,” but also displays moments of tender devotion in introspective tracks such as “And I Love Her.” The Beatles’ 1965 release Help! further explores their more melancholy side with the string-laden pining of “Yesterday” and “Eleanor Rigby,” a portrait of two “lonely people” whose only connection lies in death rather than romance. But the album isn’t all doom and gloom. Paul McCartney wrote the up-tempo “I’ve Just Seen a Face” as a country-styled tribute to a pretty girl and his love for staring at his own album covers for hours at a time.
During the 7 p.m. performance, the band covers two more of the Fab Four’s timeless albums: Rubber Soul and Revolver. Placing it at No. 5 on its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Rolling Stone trumpeted Rubber Soul as a record that “preserved the taut pop focus of the band’s earlier LPs while introducing newfound sophistication and depth.” George Harrison expanded his instrumentation by switching out his guitar with a sitar on “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown),” and “Ticket to Ride” saw Ringo Starr implementing his heaviest drum stutters and rolls yet.
Revolver also made Rolling Stone’s list, coming in at No. 3 after The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and before Bob Dylan’s double album of recorded burps. The landmark collection of songs spurred The Beatles to plunge even deeper into experimentation, drowning the listener in surrealism with closer “Tomorrow Never Knows.” Over John Lennon lyrics pulled heavily from The Tibetan Book of the Dead, a sonic kaleidoscope turns and turns with avant-garde flourishes, including double-tracked vocals and a backward guitar solo from McCartney. The players of Classic Albums Live will attempt to replicate each of these beloved details with their performances, playing a quartet of masterpieces that capture The Beatles’ genius growth as well as their accessibility to listeners of all backgrounds and tastes.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
New Jersey Performing Arts Center stands firm as a bastion of live entertainment, opening the doors to its two distinct venues for a wide array of productions. Inside Prudential Hall, 2,700 seats fill the multitiered auditorium where ballets, symphony orchestras, and Broadway shows flourish beneath radiant lights and a domed ceiling. Victoria Theater, meanwhile, beckons visitors to its more intimate 500-seat confines for jazz concerts and contemporary dance performances.