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RAIN Recreates the Beatles’ famous 1969 Rooftop Concert with Live Performance of “Get Back” on the CBS Thanksgiving Day Parade

RAIN- A Tribute to The Beatles, currently playing to packed houses at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre, will perform on The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS this Thursday, November 25. The program will air at 9:00 AM EST and RAIN is scheduled in the first half hour of the broadcast.

RAIN will re-create The Beatles’ famed 1969 Rooftop concert with a live performance of “Get Back,” complete with authentic guitars and clothing!

On January 30, 1969, The Beatles surprised a central London office lunch crowd with an impromptu concert on the roof of their Savile Row Apple headquarters. Before the outing was abruptly cut short by police who objected to the noise, the band (with a little help from young keyboardist Billy Preston) had managed to thrill Londoners on adjacent rooftops and the streets below with a run-through of songs they had been rehearsing. Their five-song set included Get Back, Don’t Let Me Down and I’ve Got a Feeling– songs now considered classics!

The members of RAIN are – Joey Curatolo (Paul McCartney), Steve Landes (John Lennon), Joe Bithorn (George Harrison) and Ralph Castelli (Ringo Starr) with a little help from their friend Mark Beyer on keyboards. All the music and vocals are performed live, with no pre-recorded tapes or sequences.

RAIN’s engagement runs through Sunday, January 9. Tickets are available online at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling 877-250-2929 or by visiting the Neil Simon Theatre box office, 250 West 52 Street.

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Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, an award-winning multimedia journalist.

As a photographer and videographer, Lia collaborates with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive and social media presence. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden.

This year, selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space will become part of newly created LIA CHANG THEATER PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO in the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.

Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, VIBE, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre, Broadwayworld.com, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle, Timeout.com, Villagevoice.com, Playbill.com, Theatermania.com, thelmagazine.com, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for AsianConnections.com. She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog.

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