beatlesAlmost everyone loves the Beatles. But I have a good reason to love them more than most.

In early 1964, I was an exchange student to London and went to an English School. So whenever I hear Beatles music I think of how lucky I was to be England at a time when it was the International epicenter of rock and roll music.

The girls at school kept talking about John, George, and Paul. I wondered what class they were in. When I asked, the girls laughed hysterically. They could not believe I did not know who they were. It was almost as embarrassing as when someone asked me for a rubber. I had no idea they were merely asking for an eraser.

But I am a quick study. Within two weeks I had not only gone to a Beatles concert, but I also went to a Rolling Stones concert. Little did I realize that by the time I got back to America, everyone there would be crazy about the Beatles.

The ultimate celebration of The Beatles, Let it Be will play in Dallas at the Music Hall at Fair Park March 7-19, 2017, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals. This non-stop music tribute will then head to Fort Worth, where it will play at Bass Performance Hall March 21-26, 2017, presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth.

Direct from London’s West End and Broadway the international hit show made its North American debut with an 8-week tour throughout Canada and the U.S during spring of 2015. The show has been seen by over 2 million people worldwide and is now introducing a brand new show for the 2016 touring season!

Even if you never got to see The Beatles perform, you will feel like you are in the midst of a concert because of the graphics from the time projected on large screens. Relive the past from Ed Sullivan to Abbey Road, with favorite hits including Hard Day’s Night, Day Tripper, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Twist and Shout, Get Back, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Strawberry Fields, and imagine the reunion that never was…

The end of The Beatles era was never thought to be in sight when The Beatles played their last show on the roof of Apple Offices in 1969. Imagine what would have been if The Beatles continued their journey.

Enter a times capsule and turn back in time to what would have been John Lennon’s 40th Birthday – October 9, 1980. For one night, the fab four come together again on stage after a decade apart performing other hits like Back in the USSR, Live and Let Die, Got to Get you into My Life, My Sweet Lord, Hey Jude, & many more hits you never got to see performed live, on top of many other classics! — Imagine a night that never happened, but which feels so surreal!

The original production which established itself as one of the West End’s most popular shows when it opened in 2012, also recently celebrated having performed over 1000 shows. It showcased the music of the world’s most successful rock’n’roll group and charted the band’s meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the height of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces packed with all your favorite hits.

Single tickets for the Dallas engagement of Let it Be, starting at $24.50-$119.50 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale at www.DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount, priority seating, and many more benefits. Please call 214-426-4768 or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

Single tickets for the Fort Worth engagement of  Let it Be, starting at $33-$104.50, are now on sale. To charge tickets by phone, call 817-212-4280 in Fort Worth; 1-877-212-4280 (toll free) outside Fort Worth; or order online at www.basshall.com. Tickets are also available at the Bass Performance Hall ticket office at 525 Commerce Street. For group sales, call 817-212-4248.

                                          My life in the land of the Beatles

I was at a co-ed school which was really unusual at the time. Not exactly what I consider coed—girls and boys never even sat at the same lunch tables.

I think I was one of the first Americans to attend the school. At the time, I was living with a family headed by a headmaster from another school which was a girl’s school. I am so grateful he had me moved to a “coed” school.

Besides my memories of the music of the time, I cherish a picture taken of the whole school. It was one of those long horizontal shots. One boy on the end raced over to the other side of the photo so he could be seen twice. I am sure what everyone remembers about me is I wore a bright yellow sweater every day. It became my uniform—while the rest of the school wore black pants with a gray blazer. One of my biggest regrets is that I never bought a school blazer.