2003-09-19 / Community

RTC To Host ‘Rockaway Café 03’

RTC To Host ‘Rockaway Café 03’

RTC To Host ‘Rockaway Café 03’

If titles like "Yesterday", "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "Eleanor Rigby", "Hard Day’s Night" and "Let It Be" strike a chord of nostalgia in your heart, you might think about heading down to the Post Theater at Fort Tilden this weekend. The Rockaway Theatre Company’s present production, Rockaway Café ’03 puts a delightful spin on these classics and many others. If none of these titles ring a bell, this is your chance to hear the music, which was in the forefront of a movement in the 1960’s called "The British Invasion". The songs were originally introduced by four young Englishmen collectively known as The Beatles and it is the kind of music which will appeal to every generation.

Last weekend at the Post Theater the "Feel-good" music inspired young and old alike to clap their hands and sing along. It was the premier weekend of The RTC’s salute to the music of the Beatles and, judging by audience reaction, the show is well on its way to being anther RTC blockbuster.

"This year’s Rockaway Café’ 03 consists of a large selection of music reflecting the evolution of different styles which made the Beatles’ music so unique for its time. The production is divided into two acts and for each act the tunes are beautifully arranged and presented around a specific theme or storyline," says artistic director John Gilleece. "The entire cast has really done its best to take a sad song and make it better".

This cabaret format was originally the brainchild of Gilleece, and was first employed by the Company in 2000. The creative way in which each song is presented and the incredible line-up of singers, dancers and musicians that are carefully handpicked to appear in these annual presentations has made Rockaway Café an extremely popular staple in the RTC’s season line-up, says Gilleece.

People who come out to see the show this weekend will surely not be sorry. When given the opportunity to see and hear Lennon and McCartney’s signature rock and roll licks and lilting lyrical ballads, combined with the great musical skill of a phenomenal cast and band, how could they be anything but entertained?

In Rockaway Café ’03, 1963 meets 2003. Many young people hearing this music for the first time will "believe in yesterday" for the first time.

You can catch the show on Sept. 19th, 20th, 26th or 27th at 8PM. There is also a matinee performance on Sept. 21, at 2PM. Tickets are $15.00 each for adults and $10.00 for seniors and children. Reservations can be made by calling the RTC Hotline at 718-850-2450. Make your reservation immediately. Once the show sells out the only ticket available will unfortunately be a "ticket to ride".

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