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By • West End
Now that Elvis Presley is confirmed for 2004 stage resurrection in Jailhouse Rock (See News, 2 Dec 2003), why not the Beatles? Or at least a tribute of a tribute to the Beatles? According to this week's edition of The Stage, Backbeat, the 1993 film about the Liverpudlian rockers' early years in Hamburg, is being adapted for a new stage musical. The film's writer and director Iain Softley is behind the project and has already managed to reunite the original stars - Ian Hart, Gary Bakewell, Chris O'Neill, Scot Williams and Stephen Dorff (who played, respectively, Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, early drummer Pete Best and doomed bass player Stuart Sutcliffe) - for an early read-through. This Is Our Youth's Out of the Blue are co-producing by arrangement with Universal Pictures and are currently negotiating for the rights to use some of those old rock classics in the stage production.

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