A Night to Remember

The Beatles’ American TV debut, remade at the Valley Dale ballroom

From the February 2014 edition
  • Photo by Timothy E. Black

The Beatles’ American TV debut, remade at the Valley Dale ballroom

Landa Masdea Brunetto was 10 years old when The Beatles made their Ed Sullivan Show debut. “I was one of those Beatles babies in 1964 sitting in front of the television set,” she says. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the legendary appearance (and fulfill a personal dream of hers), Brunetto has planned an elaborate evening at the historic Grand Valley Dale Ballroom on Feb. 9. Part of the proceeds from the event, which is sponsored by Oldies 93.3, will benefit those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Here’s how Brunetto plans to recreate the moment. usaseats.com t Tom Tiberio

The VenueThe Valley Dale, which once hosted stars such as Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and Billie Holiday, will stand in for the Ed Sullivan Theater. Actor Ken Erney, who most recently played Ebenezer Scrooge to rave reviews in CATCO’s production of “A Christmas Carol,” will play the part of Ed Sullivan. The Music“It was a tremendous transition in music,” recalls former disc jockey “Beatle Bob” Harrington. “It took over everything.” In addition to booking Columbus-based tribute band The British Invasion (below), Brunetto invited Harrington and other former WCOL DJs “who brought The Beatles tunes to Central Ohio.”

The AudienceAttendees are asked to dress in their best ’60s attire, and Brunetto has enlisted teenage girls from the Straub Dance Center in Westerville to play the part of fans. “Because you can’t have The Beatles without screaming girls,” she says.