Billboard reports that the musical based on the early career of the Beatles will open in Los Angeles for a brief run before its anticipated debut on Broadway. The show, which is titled Backbeat after the 1994 film on which it’s based, will run at the Ahmanson Theater from Jan. 16 to Feb. 24.
The show was a success in the United Kingdom, where it first opened at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow in 2010 before starting an extended run in London’s West End. A set of performances in Toronto are also planned.
Set in 1960, Backbeat follows the lives of the Fab Four during the early period of their careers, focusing specifically on former bassist and original Fifth Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe and his relationship with photographer Astrid Kirchherr. While no Beatles originals are used in the musical, the show does feature songs that the band covered in their early years and eventually recorded, like “Twist and Shout,” “Long Tall Sally,” and “Rock & Roll Music.”
No Broadway theater has been rented out for the show, but it is believed that Backbeat‘s producers want to open the show by April of 2013.