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‘Beatlemania On Tour’ stars new Australian cast

If you missed out on the Beatles’ visit to New Zealand in 1964, a 21st century version is coming to Oamaru.
“Beatlemania On Tour” is calling at towns throughout the South Island this month and next. The international hit tribute to Liverpool’s fab four stars a new Australian cast – Cameron Charters as Paul McCartney, Zac Coombs as John Lennon, Brent McMullen as George Harrison and Ben Harper as Ringo Starr.
The promoters said the audience could expect state-of-the-art updates to production and lighting aspects of the show, and revamps to its huge collection of reproduction costumes.
Forty Beatles songs are performed on stage in their original key, accompanied by replica Beatles musical instruments.
“There is so much detail to get right for a show of this calibre,” Charters said.
“Aside from getting the music spot on, we’re expected to nail the characters, voices, little movements. It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it when you see the end result and know that real Beatles fans will appreciate it.”
He even taught himself to play the guitar left-handed for his depiction of Paul McCartney, Charters said.
Beatlemania On Tour has had sold-out performances in the United States, Canada, Dubai, Hong Kong, Australia and South Africa. It is proud of its reputation as one of the world’s best tributes to one of the world’s greatest bands.
The Oamaru show is on Monday, October 3, and starts at 8pm. Tickets, available through TicketDirect, are $30 for children and $49 for adults, plus service fees.
The Oamaru Mail has a double pass to give away. To go into the draw to win the pass, email your name and address to hayden.meikle@oamarumail.co.nz, or drop your details into the Oamaru Mail office by 5pm on Tuesday.