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Arcada Theatre to celebrate 50th anniversary of Beatles appearance

Published: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – In February, the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

On Feb. 9, the Arcada Theatre will recreate that night with Beatles tribute band The Liverpool Legends. But it will be with a twist – the show will include a visit from George Harrison’s sister, Louise, who was present that night nursing her brother’s 103-degree fever backstage.

Louise Harrison is a personal friend of Ron Onesti, president and CEO of the Arcada Theatre.

“As much as I love all our shows, this will be one of the most important events we have had,” Onesti said in a news release. “To not only have one of the top Beatles tribute shows in the country on the actual anniversary is one thing, but to also have a real Beatles family member present who can talk about what it was like that night ... who else has that?”

The TV show will be broadcast at 7 p.m. on to the Arcada’s 40-foot screen, immediately after the live tribute performance. Onesti said he selected the Liverpool Legends group for its musical authenticity, showmanship and dedication to The Beatles’ legacy.

“This is going to be the biggest year ever for The Beatles with the 50th anniversary of ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ upon us, and we are going to replicate that night from start to finish with every detail,” said Kevin Mantegna in the news release. He performs as John Lennon in Liverpool Legends. “We will even have ‘Ed Sullivan’ there.” he said.

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