Interactive Beatles experience comes to Chapman

Published 10:07 am Friday, April 15, 2011

The Chapman Cultural Center presents “Yesterday & Today,” a unique interactive Beatles experience where audience members get to request their favorite Beatles songs throughout the evening.

The international touring band plays for one night only on Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in the David Reid Theatre. Tickets can be purchased by calling 542-ARTS or visiting

The McGuigan brothers, Billy, Ryan and Matthew, along with four band mates, make up this one-of-a-kind Beatles tribute show. They don’t wear “mop-top” wigs, they don’t fake the British accents and they don’t wear matching duds. But, this trio of brothers knows how to rock the Beatles songbook with note-for-note accuracy.

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The band supplies the incoming audience members with a full roster of Beatles songs. The audience members write down their songs on request slips, along with the reason for their selection, and turn them in at the designated request areas. The band then feverishly assembles the set list for Act I about ten minutes before curtain. At intermission, they do it all over again.

“It’s always a wild experience, but by applying this interactive method,” Matthew McGuigan said. “The audience gets to make the show their own. Plus, we are always able to keep the energy of the show up since we never know what songs we are going to play until just before the curtain rises. It’s a bit like walking a tightrope!”

Inspired by their father, who was a big Beatles fan, the trio had always wanted to do something based on the English rock band from Liverpool.

“Our dad loved their music, and as kids we couldn’t afford to go to restaurants, so we provided our own entertainment,” Billy McGuigan said. “It was like a legacy he passed on to us, and we keep that going. Not only do we love it, but we look at each other while singing this music and it’s like our dad is there with us.”