(L to R) Dan Westwick (as George Harrison), Oliver Bennett (Pete Best), Andrew Knott (John Lennon), Nick Blood (Stuart Sutcliffe) and Daniel Healy (Paul McCartney) in “Backbeat” by Iain Softley and Stephen Jeffreys, directed by David Leveaux. Previews for the U.S. premiere of “Backbeat” began January 20 at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre. Opening is set for January 30, 2013, and performances continue through March 1. For tickets and information, please visit or call (213) 972-4400. Contact: Center Theatre Group Media and Communications (213) 972-7376/ Photo by Craig Schwartz