If you've had a hard day's night, you're full of misery and dreading the taxman, or it's all too much, then you need something much stronger than cowbell. Our prescription calls for one part music of The Beatles, one part Christmas cheer, mixed together well with the talented vocalists over at The Music Box Theater and — voila — A Beatles Holiday Cabaret.
"What we like to do every year is come up with a whole handful of new ways to incorporate the music of The Beatles," says Rebekah Dahl, who co-founded the theater along with her husband, Brad Scarborough.
She says they're writing new mash-ups for this year's holiday show, but will be sure to keep in some tried-and-true favorites from years past.
"We do a version of 'Eleanor Rigby' with 'We Three Kings' that we're going to be bringing back," says Dahl. "Every year we end the show with a version of 'Golden Slumbers' with 'O Holy Night' into the end and that's been the most popular, most heartwarming ending. We see no reason to change that.
"Just a really cool moment, a beautiful moment. It's indicative of The Beatles but also Christmas."
Dahl, Scarborough and fellow performers Cay Taylor, Luke Wrobel and Kristina Sullivan are having fun planning new mash-ups for this year's show, as well as writing a few new sketches to sprinkle in for good measure.
"We don't want to do the exact same show. We feel like The Beatles go really well with this time of year," says Dahl. "The idea that love is super important — especially right now, no matter what your politics or religious affiliation — everybody can get down with The Beatles.
"Christmastime is the time to bring people together. Grandmother, grandkids, wife, the girl you're dating, boyfriend — anybody," says Dahl.
It's definitely a holiday tradition for some diehard Music Box fans who come back year after year, but they're not the only ones who enjoy this show. For Musical Director Glenn Sharp and the MBT3 — Long Le (bass), Mark McCain (guitar) and James Metcalfe (percussion) — it's a joy to play the music from one of the top bands in rock and roll history.
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"Our drummer just bought a Sgt. Pepper leather jacket to do the Ringo drum solo," says Dahl.
For any newbies to The Music Box Theater, beverages and snacks are available for purchase. For anybody who has seen a holiday show before, think of it more as a tradition rather than a reprisal of years past.
"It’s not the same show. You may hear two or three songs, other than that we’re rehauling it. The feeling is the same, but the songs will be new and different," says Dahl. "We're about keeping smiles on people's faces.
Performances of A Beatles Holiday Cabaret are set for 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and December 20, 2 p.m. Sundays, December 7-29 at The Music Box Theater, 2623 Colquitt, for information, call 713-522-7722 or visit themusicboxtheater.com, $31 to $41.