Rutlemania: The semi-spectacular Tribute Concert
March 8, 2008 -- Hollywood -- Thirty years ago, The Rutles invaded America. Now to celebrate the fact that they went back, Dirk McQuickly and Lorne Michaels modestly present RUTLEMANIA, the semi-spectacular TRIBUTE CONCERT starring The Fab Four as The Pre-Fab Four - Dirk, Nasty, Stig and Barry - the semi-legendary Rutles, whose legend will last a lunchtime.
RUTLEMANIA, the Tribute Concert, will be held at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre at 1615 Vine Street, in Hollywood on Saturday, March 15 at 8 pm, Sunday March 16 at 5 pm, Wednesday, March 19 at 8 pm, Thursday, March 20 at 8pm and Friday, March 21 at 8 pm. Tickets priced at $35.00 are available on the web at www.ticketweb.com and by phone at 866-468-3399.
The concert has been devised and directed by Dirk McQuickly. The music and lyrics by are Ron Nasty. RUTLEMANIA is produced by WestBeth Entertainment.
These performances are part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of The Rutles taking place on Monday, March 17 at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. On that night the Mods & Rockers Film Festival is presenting two special screenings of "All You Need is Cash" (the 1978 film) - with Rutle rarities and Q&A with the Rutles. (For more information visit: www.ModsAndRockers.com)
Dirk McQuickly said, "Finally -- nostalgia for things that lasted lunchtime - with Mersey Boys, real girls, singing and dancing, and exotic tea drinking! I am sure this is soon to be a major lawsuit - and I suggest you hurry and buy a ticket so you can see it before it stops."
The Rutles were first immortalized on screen by Dirk McQuickly and Saturday Night Live Lorne Michaels in the 1978 Classic rutlumentary "All You Need is Cash" (available on DVD from Broadway Video) and re-immortalized in the sequel, "Can't Buy Me Lunch." These groundbreaking films began an entire genre of rutlumentary filmmaking.
RUTLEMANIA! The semi-spectacular TRIBUTE CONCERT is produced by WestBeth Entertainment, which has been producing, presenting and promoting entertainment events for 30 years and is the premiere promoters of UK comedy in the United States. In Los Angeles they currently promote Eddie Izzard's Coronet Theatre performances and presented former Python Eric Idle's "What About Dick?" at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre and Billy Connolly at The Brentwood Theatre.
Dates: Saturday, March 15 at 8 pm
The Ricardo Montalban Theatre
Dates: Wednesday, March 26 at 8 pm
Blender Theater at Grammercy