Beatlemania Now coming to the Shubert in New Haven Jan. 26

January 19, 2018

At its best, a Beatles tribute band makes Baby Boomers remember (and younger folks discover) the excitement of the band’s superstardom in the 1960s. At worst, well, you don’t want to run into the worst tribute band of anyone, but at least with the Beatles, you’re getting classic rock tunes instead of, say, something by Britney Spears or Three Doors Down.

There are hundreds of Beatles tribute groups in the world, from Connecticut’s Penny Lane to well-known acts such as The Fab Four, Liverpool Legends and Rain (the latter will be at Waterbury’s Palace Theater on Feb. 16). In the meantime, the Shubert Theatre has another strong contender in Beatlemania Now, performing Friday, Jan. 26.

Does “Paul” play bass with his left hand? Yes. Do the boys make costume changes to mark different phases of the group? Yes. Are there background tracks or tapes played? No.

The group aims for the original sound and look, faithful to the great music, note for note, in more than 30 songs. There are screened visuals to chronicle the group’s career from “The Ed Sullivan Show” to “Let It Be” — revisiting artistic gold in a messy, turbulent era.

The Shubert Theater, 247 College St., New Haven. Friday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m. $59-$39. 203-562-5666