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July 26, 2013

Last call for Liverpool in Branson

BRANSON, Mo. — Marty Scott is ready to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' British invasion.

Scott portrays George Harrison, guitarist and songwriter for The Beatles. Harrison is best known for his songs "Here Comes the Sun" and "While my Guitar Gently Weeps."

The accomplished guitarist's songs and instrumental talents are featured during "Liverpool Legends: The Complete Beatles Experience."

Scott understands why the show, produced by Harrison's sister, Louise, and music of The Beatles is so warmly welcomed by American audiences almost 50 years after the Fab Four's invasion of the U.S. The Beatles' big break came in February 1964 during a broadcast of "The Ed Sullivan Show." After that the group skyrocketed into international fame, becoming entertainment legends.

"There's a story to tell, and the music holds up today when you hear it," said Scott, following a performance of the group's tribute show at Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in Branson. "It still sounds fresh. Somehow, they have always been able to transcend the generations. There's no other group that did that."

Scott said he thinks it's amazing that the songs still resonate today with kids of all ages.

"There were kids at the show today that were probably 10 years old," he said. "There is no other group in history that's done that. The Rolling Stones really didn't. Elvis really didn't. The Beatles somehow are like the Eighth Wonder of the World. What makes the show cool is that a 10-year-old kid can rock out with his grandparents. You are not supposed to like your grandparents' music. You know what I mean? It's what makes it cool to me."

Longtime friend Kevin Mantegna embodies songwriter John Lennon. Greg George takes on Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, and Bob Beahon channels the character of Paul McCartney. The group takes the stage at the Moon River in Branson through Aug. 10.

The show chronicles the lads from Liverpool's rise to international fame and global cultural influence. From mop-topped youths to '70s rockers, the group flexes its influence on popular music, even today.

Beatles songs have been covered time and time again. The songs are still jukebox favorites, digitally downloaded by multiple generations of Americans and music fans around the world. In 2014 the Liverpool Legends, along with millions of fans, will celebrate 50 years of Beatlemania.

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