Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience is the nation’s most innovative and unique show utilizing the works of the Beatles. This amazing group, anchored by brothers Billy, Ryan and Matthew McGuigan, does away the worn out “tribute” format of bad wigs and fake accents. Instead, they perform as themselves and leave the song choices completely in the hands of the audience. This is done through request cards that audience members fill out prior to the show. On those cards, the audience member only needs to fill out three things: their name, their favorite Beatles song and the reason why they chose that song. The cards are collected and two minutes before the show begins, a set list is created based upon the songs chosen by that particular audience. As an added treat, the reasons that the audience members chose those songs make up the narrative of the evening.
Billy McGuigan is an Air Force brat; the kind that moved around to various installations and lived in Base Housing. When his Dad, a Tech Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, was home from duty, he entertained the Billy and his brothers with his guitar – and his love of the Beatles.
Billy developed the live request format for Yesterday and Today, featuring Billy and his brothers, Matthew and Ryan, complete with the requirement that all the band members memorize and be able to play on a second’s notice all 200+ songs in the Beatles anthology. “But it’s not your typical request show. Along with a request, we ask for the reason behind it and we chat a little with the person who made it, which makes the show interesting and interactive.” No wigs or accents here, the show incorporates a 1960s style set and modern day lighting scheme to create an extraordinary theatrical concert feel.