The Men Behind the Music: Beatles Edition

THE LIVE MUSICAL DOCUMENTARY

This theatrical event weaves together over 300 stunning projections, 20 live songs and fascinating behind-the-scene stories. Yale-educated musician/storyteller Haley Marie orchestrates these elements as she guides you through the history-making events and heartbreaking moments of the Beatles.

With years of research and musical analysis at her fingertips, Haley Marie delivers a world-class performance about four lads, how they rose to incredible fame, their connection to classical music and how they changed the world forever.

The Men Behind the Music: Beatles Edition is definitely not a tribute act. It’s a show about four boys: one born during an air raid, one who had to reverse the strings on his guitar to make sense of it, one who stayed up late practicing with tears in his eyes and another who couldn’t read or write until he was eight. It’s also the story of a visionary young producer who was desperate to find his way out of the ‘comedy division’ at Parlophone records.

Haley Marie’s in-depth analysis reveals the re-awakening of a world devastated by war, the genius of oppressed musicians in the Deep South, the unexpected inspiration from the classical greats and the heartbreak from the death of the band’s biggest idol.

Hear first-hand how the band used flour and water to fasten their logo to the side of their van en route to Germany. How that same band was turned down by 80% of the English recording market yet defied the odds to become the most successful musical group in history.

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“DIDN’T WANT TO BE A STAR, WANTED JUST TO PLAY GUITAR IN THIS COCKAMAMIE BUSINESS.”
– GEORGE HARRISON

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“WE WERE JUST A BAND WHO MADE IT VERY, VERY BIG…THAT’S ALL.”
– JOHN LENNON

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“WE WORKED LIKE DOGS TO GET IT RIGHT.”
– RINGO STARR

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“A GREAT LITTLE BAND…NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS.”
– PAUL MCCARTNEY

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Haley Marie

Performer, Musician, Playwright, Storyteller

Haley Marie is a Yale-educated musician with three sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall. She is a trained classical flutist and pop pianist who is fascinated by that which makes us human. A storyteller who takes audiences behind the scenes to answer one question: what could’ve inspired these artists so much that they were driven to write music that seems to have made them immortal?

Haley Marie’s passion has always been learning how to break the rules in her own meticulous way. The little girl who initially refused classical piano lessons became the young woman roaming the halls of both McGill University and the Yale University School of Music. She is now obsessed with telling audiences about the day-to-day lives of musical masterminds: uncovering hidden histories of personal turmoil, quirky relationships, emotional struggles, tumultuous friendships and inspiration from the most unexpected places.

Her curiosity led to the creation of the Men Behind the Music series. Countless hours were spent pouring over projections, storytelling and music to create these live musical documentaries. Analyzing everything from Bach to the Beatles, Haley Marie reveals the seemingly ordinary moments of artists’ lives that drove them to become extraordinary.

Her analysis led to the creation of Aurelia Productions and its touring shows The Men Behind the Music: Genius & Drama; The Men Behind the Music: An Evening in Paris; O Holy Night: Five Centuries of Christmas Music; and, mostly recently, The Men Behind the Music: Beatles Edition.

The Beatles Edition show sold-out two separate dates at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts before transitioning to a live stream platform, where it remains one of the Oakville Centre’s best-selling live streamed shows.

Haley Marie and her company, Aurelia Productions, have toured extensively through North America, Canada and Europe. She is currently developing a new classical edition of The Men Behind the Music, focusing on mental health issues experienced by some of the world’s greatest classical composers.

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“Ticket to Ride”, “We Can Work It Out”, "Something" and “Blackbird”.

Haley Marie believes that—because of his personality and compulsive behaviour—Mozart would not be able to sit through a two-hour concert of his own music. (He was never expected to do so during his life!)

music, travel, chocolate and the colour royal blue.

for the Men Behind the Music series came to her during a five-hour practice session in a dingy practice room at Yale.

Haley Marie loved rock and pop, and also loved to watch wrestling with her big brother. Later on, she would also come to love music when she found out that the music came from places that were just as interesting.

in finding behind-the-scenes stories about artists started with a music history teacher who would slip a few tidbits into class every so often.

Shows

“…an informal, warm and technically sparkling visual concert that earned her a well-deserved standing ovation.”
– The Burlington Gazette

December 3rd, 2020
The Men Behind the Music: Beatles Edition live stream
SOLD OUT

March 20th, 2021
The Men Behind the Music: Beatles Edition live stream
The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts

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