Paul is Live: Interview with the fab star of RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles

 

Paul Curatolo is no stranger to Beatlemania. He grew up with their music and is following in his father’s footstep as “Sir Paul McCartney” in the touring production of RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles. He took over the role after his father, Joey Curatolo, retired from it.  An accomplished musician, Paul’s love of the Beatles has driven him to master the character of McCartney.

RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by playing the album in its entirety — along with other favorite Beatles classics — at the Academy of Music on March 23-25, 2018.

Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles

RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles is a LIVE multi-media spectacular that takes you through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band. Featuring high-definition screens and imagery – this stunning concert event delivers a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to The Beatles. Photo copyright: Richard Lovrich.

Debra Danese: When were you first introduced to the Beatles and how did their music influence you growing up?

Paul Curatolo:  I’m sure I was still in my mom’s belly! I was born with the Beatles music all around me. I grew up to the four lads.

DD: Who are some of your other musical influences?

PC: They include Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, David Bowie and Green Day. The list goes on and on.

DD:  How did your own musical journey begin?

PC:  I was gifted drums when I was ten for Christmas from my parents. My father and I had begun playing Beatles songs together at home. I had experience playing in bands but not portraying any characters.  I would say that it’s a family business. I’ve grown up watching my father portray McCartney with RAIN. He asked me one day if I would be interested in training for the part and the rest is history.

DD:  You play “Paul” in RAIN. What did you do to prepare to undertake such an iconic figure?

Rain - A Tribute to the BeatlesPC: Lots and lots of YouTube! Playing Sir Paul is a dream come true! The most challenging part for me would be sounding like him vocally. The most fun part is the feeling of “Beatlemania” that we create and that I feel every night on stage. The pre- show prep for becoming Sir Paul is that of mind and body. I stretch to get nice and loose and relaxed; followed by plenty of vocal warm ups. I then transform using makeup and costuming.

DD:  Your role requires you to play bass, piano, guitar and sing. What is the most challenging part for you?

PC:  The singing is, and will always be, the big challenge for me. Sir Paul has such a beautiful, precise, and powerful voice. It takes a lifetime to get it just right.

DD:  Your father, Joey, was the original “Paul” in the band. What advice did he give you when taking over the role?

PC: Have fun! You’re playing Beatle tunes!

DD: What is your favorite Beatles song?

PC: It varies from day to day. Their catalog is so vast that there’s a song for every mood.

[Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street] March 23-25, 2018kimmelcenter.org

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Debra Danese

Debra graduated with a degree in dance from the University of the Arts and also holds a B.A. in Arts Administration. She is accredited at the Master Level with the National Registry of Dance Educators. Debra has performed in Europe, Tokyo, Canada, and the Caribbean. She teaches and choreographs world-wide and has been an international guest artist in Switzerland, England, and Slovakia. Debra has been an Artist in Residence on five occasions in Norway where she showcased full length dance productions at the acclaimed Nordland Theatre. She has also presented an original dance production at the Elspe Festival in Germany. Debra has been featured in Dance, Dancer and Dance Teacher Magazines for her work in dance education. Additionally, she has been a contributing writer for Dance Studio Life Magazine since 2010.