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Only Yesterday
Midtown E
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Only Yesterday NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Great acting, Funny

About the Show

This intimate play brings to life a little-known night when John and Paul were becoming the most famous men on earth.

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Entertaining, Delightful, Disappointing, Great singing, Great acting

See it if Songwriting dynamic duo caught in a motel room...sing cover songs and bond over notes and shared painful childhood traumas. Easy accents.

Don't see it if Fun time. And so is the local karaoke night. Music rights are pricey, so instead, why not just insert two handfuls of Beatles' cover tunes?

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Entertaining, Perfect shoes, Good set, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you enjoy imagining stories about a day in the life of the Beatles; good acting; songs by those who influenced their music; lighthearted.

Don't see it if you are looking for perfect accents, grand sets or a biography of the Beatles - this is a work of fiction with a few truisms slipped in. Read more

Critic Reviews (11)

September 18th, 2019

CRITIC'S PICK "Lennon and McCartney Wait Out a Storm in ‘Only Yesterday’: Bob Stevens’s fond look at a life-changing night for the young Beatles should satisfy more than die-hard fans."
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September 12th, 2019

"Paul McCartney and John Lennon Are 'Here Today' in New Beatles Play 'Only Yesterday': Playwright Bob Stevens imagines a night in the life of two music icons in a new comedy at 59E59 Theaters."
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September 14th, 2019

"'ONLY YESTERDAY'-A Fascinating Show that Brings Lennon and McCartney Together Again"
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September 12th, 2019

"'Only Yesterday' is sure to put a smile on the face and perhaps bring a teardrop to the eye of Beatles aficionados, especially for those of us who were young and self-absorbed back then and all our troubles seemed so far away."
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September 12th, 2019

4/5 Stars "John Lennon and Paul McCartney Caught in the Rain: Fans will love what Bob Stevens imagines two Beatles get up to on a documented day off"
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September 12th, 2019

3/5 Stars "A Day (and Night) in the Life of Lennon and McCartney: A new play imagines the young Beatles, out of the spotlight"
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September 23rd, 2019

"If two Beatles sitting in a hotel room talking sounds boring to you, you're not wrong."
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September 16th, 2019

“As John, Christopher Sears is an enjoyable pill, perfectly offset by Tommy Crawford's Paul whose amiable placidity is almost Buddha-like. More importantly, both actors have impressive musical chops, which wonderfully serves Stevens' truncated overview of Paul and John's tuneful reminiscing about their musical influences...”
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September 12th, 2019

"A disappointingly doleful dramedy…'Only Yesterday' is an often-lethargic dialogue between the reticent Paul and the outspoken, crabby John…There's really not much of a play in this 70-minute exercise, uninspiringly directed by Carol Dunne…Even the musical moments…are unmemorable."
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September 18th, 2019

"What happens between these two famous rock legends, Paul McCartney and John Lennon sings out with an effervescent beauty...The Mother Mary moment surges forward and passes in an instant. The times of trouble, long built up over the first 2/3rds of the play doesn't deliver the goods as much as the songs deliver the emotional pain."
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September 12th, 2019

"'Only Yesterday' is Bob Stevens's first play. Prior work has focused on producing, writing, and consulting for television sitcoms. His lack of experience is evident here. It is difficult for Mr. Crawford and Mr. Sears to tackle this anemic script with any chance of overcoming its myriad deficiencies."
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