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"Yesterday and Today" brings Beatlemania to Omaha Community Playhouse


Published: Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Updated: Sunday, January 26, 2014 15:01


Photo Courtesy of Yesterday and Today

“Loving the Beatles is a shared experience.”  That was said on a video production the McGuigan brothers put together to play before the show “Yesterday and Today.”

    For the sixth year in a row, Billy, Matthew and Ryan McGuigan, along with drummer Rich Miller, vocalist and lead guitarist Jay Hanson and newest member Tara Vaughan took the stage at the Omaha Community Playhouse (OCP) Friday night.

    “Yesterday and Today” was produced by Billy McGuigan in 2007. But Billy’s career began earlier, as in 2001 he stared as Buddy Holly, also at OCP. “It was one of the most popular shows the playhouse ever put on,” said Katie Broman, director of marketing and public relations at OCP. “He also piloted ‘Yesterday and Today.’” McGuigan stated in the program: “Ten years ago, I was a full-time student with a fledging acting and music career. One show at the Omaha Community Playhouse changed all of that ... Six years ago, I had a dream for a show that was beyond what anyone thought was possible. The Omaha Community Playhouse took a chance and again changed the course of a life.”

    Friday however, they took on The Beatles, but with a twist, creating a set list made entirely from audience requests. Their show still entertains mass audiences every year, as the boys told stories of how they got into The Beatles, interacted with the audience and shared how they all have kids named after The Beatles, such as Billy’s daughter Cartney, Matthew’s son Lennon and Ryan’s son Harrison. They even have Ringo covered, as well, as it’s the name of Matthew’s dog.

    “The popularity obviously comes from the talent and the passion of the McGuigan brothers,” Broman said. “They definitely share their own families’ stories in the show.”

    Another reason the show is so popular is because of The Beatles.

    There is always a portion of their show called Beatlemania, which touches on 1960s pop culture, during the time when The Beatles were gaining and experiencing major fame.

    New this year in the show is more video, which includes a tribute to their father, and pictures and videos to go along with various songs. Another new feature that accompanies the video, are certain elementary school choruses joining the band on Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” and McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime”.    
    “Yesterday and Today” runs at OCP from now until New Years Eve at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday. Adult/student tickets are $38 and groups of 12 or more are $32.


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