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GroUp Entertainment is proud to present Two Rooms Live, a spectacular live theatre / concert experience celebrating legendary songwriting partnerships. In a span of just over 15 years, John Winston Lennon and Sir James Paul McCartney established themselves as the pre-eminent and most successful songwriting partnership in music history, publishing an astonishing 180 jointly credited songs, most of which formed the vast catalog for The Beatles, the best-selling band in music history with record sales estimated at over 800 million.

Unlike many songwriting partnerships which consist of a separate lyricist and composer, both Lennon and McCartney were exceptional lyricists and composers and occasionally, especially early would work “eyeball to eyeball” as Lennon put it or write all or most of a song with limited input from the other.

Lennon–McCartney compositions have been recorded by an astonishing number of artists such as
The Beach Boys, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Bill Haley & His Comets, The Bee Gees, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, U2, Rod Stewart, Booker T. & The M.Gs Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Sting, Tina Turner, Billie Joe Armstrong, Björk, Jeff Beck, Billy Joel, George Benson, Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock,  Boyz II Men, The 5th Dimension, Beastie Boys, Aerosmith, Bryan Adams, Tori Amos, José Feliciano, Bruce Springsteen, Bad Company, Cheap Trick, The Black Crowes, David Bowie, Shirley Bassey, Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, Michael Bublé, The Carpenters, Count Basie,  Crosby, Stills & Nash,  Dave Matthews Band, Deep Purple, Céline Dion, Marvin Gaye, The Grateful Dead, Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, Maroon 5, Marilyn Manson, Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Oasis, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Smithereens, Sonny & Cher, Soundgarden, Jack White, The Who, Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse, Neil Young and Frank Zappa to name but a few.

According to Guinness World Records, “Yesterday” has been recorded by more artists than any other song in history with over 3,000 known versions. The Sunday Times called Lennon and McCartney the greatest composers since Ludwig van Beethoven.

  • John Lennon
    I’m the only person who is allowed to say nasty things about Paul. I don’t like it when other people do so.
    John Lennon
  • Paul McCartney
    The thing you must remember is that I’m the Number One John Lennon fan. I love him to this day and I always did love him.
    Paul McCartney
  • Ken Mansfield
    They (John and Paul) told me that they considered each other, at that time, such an integral part of each other’s influences that they were in some ethereal way writing songs together though apart.
    Ken Mansfield
  • Paul McCartney
    John is a central figure in my life. I will always be grateful for having so much intimate time with him. The more distant his stuff becomes, the greater he seems. I used to do caricatures of John. He was the only person I knew with an aquiline nose. When I painted him recently, I found myself saying: ‘How did his lips go? I can’t remember.’ Then I would think: ‘Of course you know, you wrote all those songs facing each other.’
    Paul McCartney
  • Yoko Ono
    I thought John was cheating on me with Paul.
    Yoko Ono
  • Cynthia Powell
    John never looked at anyone the way he looked at Paul.
    Cynthia Powell
  • George Harrison, 1966
    John and Paul's standard of writing has bettered over the years, so it's very hard for me to come straight to the top, on par with them. They gave me an awful lot of encouragement. Their reaction has been very good. If it hadn't, I think I would have just crawled away.
    George Harrison, 1966
  • Paul McCartney
    With John and me on a song, if I come up with some lines which I know aren't really very good and I'm just hoping to fool him, I know I won't. 'I Saw Her Standing There' was the best example of it. I thought of the idea driving home from a concert in Southport. I had 'She was just seventeen,' and then, 'Beauty queen.' I knew this was rubbish, and that I'd put it down just because it rhymed. When I showed it to John, he screamed with laughter, and said 'You're joking about that line, aren't you?' And I realised that, in fact, I was, and we changed it.
    Paul McCartney
  • Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears, 1979
    The way that Lennon and McCartney worked together wasn't the Rodgers-and-Hart kind of collaboration. It was more a question of one of them trying to write a song, getting stuck, and asking the other: 'I need a middle eight. What have you got?' They were both tunesmiths in their own right and would help each other out as the need arose.
    Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears, 1979
  • John Lennon, Playboy Interviews, 1980
    Paul provided a lightness, an optimism, while I would always go for the sadness, the discords, the bluesy notes. There was a period when I thought I didn't write melodies, that Paul wrote those and I just wrote straight, shouting rock 'n' roll. But, of course, when I think of some of my own songs – "In My Life", or some of the early stuff, "This Boy" – I was writing melody with the best of them.
    John Lennon, Playboy Interviews, 1980
  • Paul McCartney, 1966
    One of us might think of a song completely, and the other might just add a bit. Or we might write alternate lines. We never argue. If one of us says he doesn't like a bit, the other agrees. It just doesn't matter that much. I care about being a song writer, but I don't care passionately about each song.
    Paul McCartney, 1966
  • Paul McCartney
    When I write, there are times -- not always -- when I hear John (Lennon) in my head, ... I'll think, OK, what would we have done here? and I can hear him gripe or approve.
    Paul McCartney
  • John Lennon, Playboy Interview
    I said that [playing down how much he and McCartney collaborated], but I was lying.... We wrote a lot of stuff together, one on one, eyeball to eyeball.... In those days we absolutely used to write like that — both playing into each other's noses.
    John Lennon, Playboy Interview
  • John Lennon / Playboy Magazine
    He provided a lightness, an optimism, while I would always go for the sadness, the discords [and] the bluesy notes.
    John Lennon / Playboy Magazine

MEET THE CAST

  • Craig Titus Piano | Keyboards | Guitars | Percussion | Backing Vocals A native of Toronto Canada, Craig is an accomplished musician, film & television composer, music editor, producer, programmer and entertainment industry educator with over 30 years of experience. In addition to his extraordinary abilities as a multi-instrumentalist he is a sought after composer and music editor with over twenty years’ experience in the film and television industry. Craig has worked on numerous award-winning projects for clients including CBC, BBC, TVa, MTV, Discovery, Endemol, Buena Vista, YTV, PBS, Resolution, Disney, Twenty-Twenty, CBS, Paramount and Alliance Atlantis. Some of his many credits include Regeneration, Mythic Warriors, Mysterious Island, Striking Poses, Knock Off, The Cellar, Street Noise, She Pays the Rent, Tiger Claws, Silent Movie, The Undertaker’s Wedding, Crisis, Operation Golden Phoenix, Talons of the Eagle and TC 2000. As both a live and studio musician his talents have taken him […]
  • Davor Jordanovski Piano | Keyboards | Guitar | Bass | Harp | Accordion | Backing Vocals While still a student at the University of Music Arts (Saints Kiril & Metodij University, Skopje) in his native Macedonia, Davor was already the featured keyboard player with Macedonian National TV’s Big Band Orchestra, composing, arranging, and producing for some of the biggest and best known musical acts in the country. Davor’s beginnings were traditional: classical music, and later pop and jazz; until he broadened his experience and branched out into film, mood, jazz fusion, ambient, dance, groove, symphonic, contemporary jazz and R&B. In his 25 year-long career, Davor can safely say “he has done it all.” His performance and production credits include: Shania Twain, MTV Top 5 – World Chart Express’ single titled Red Rain – performed by Dani. Grand Prix (Best Song) at: Inter-Fest 1995, Inter-Fest 1996, Mak-Fest 1999, Mak-Fest 2001, Mak-Fest […]
  • Curtis Freeman Bass Guitar | Guitars | Backing Vocals Curtis is a busy ‘first call’ bassist/singer from Toronto, Canada. Originally from the small town of Espanola Ontario, he has traveled and performed in over forty countries, working with many notable award winning pop, rock, country and jazz musicians including; Canadian rockers Treble Charger, 80’s rap icon and Grammy nominee Tone Lōc and Grammy winners Paul Brown (Luther Vandross), Liberty Silver, singer/songwriter Dan Hill, award winning guitarist Pavlo and The Tenors. Between 2010 and 2012, Curtis performed as a Paul McCartney, touring the world with Canada’s busiest Beatles export “The Beatlemaniacs”.
  • Haley Shannon Aerialist Haley has been a performer for 12 years. She’s been honored to have worked as an aerialist for companies such asCreativiva, Zero Gravity Circus, La Rouge Entertainment, Hit and Run Productions Inc, Les Coquettes Cabaret, Femmes Du Feu, The Harbourfront Center, The Sanderson Center, Dance Migration, Cirque Du Boudoir and Disney. Haley has been featured as an actress and vocalist at events such as The Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW (Austin, TX), Canadian Music Week (Toronto ON), The Joe Carter Charity Golf Tournament (Toronto ON), Embrace Productions (Montreal, QC) and NXNE (Toronto, ON) As an actress Haley has been a guest star on television shows such as Blue Mountain State (Spike TV&Netflix), Degrassi-The Next Generation (Epitome Pictures Netflix), Skins (MTV&Netflix) and Queer as Folk (Showtime & Netflix) Her feature film credits include prominent roles in Please Kill Mr. Know It All (Road Child Films & Statik Motion […]
  • Madison Haste Dancer Madison Haste is a singer, dancer and actor from Toronto Ontario. A graduate from the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, her most recent roles include: the Fringe Festival as Pastor Pinch (A Glass Hive: AKA a Comedy of Errors) and Bird Girl (Seussical: the Musical). She also co-produced and performed in Serial Lovers which will debut at the Royal Theatre later this year.
  • Kristina Bijelic Backing Vocals | Violin Kristina Bijelic is a multilingual, multi-genre vocalist who made her professional singing debut at age 12. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, she graduated with honours from the University of Toronto with a bachelor’s degree in musicology, and later a master’s degree in Contemporary Performance from Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus. Trained in classical voice and violin since childhood, Kristina has performed on stages across North America and Europe.
  • Mike Conto Guitars | Backing Vocals Mike is a Toronto-based artist who finds himself involved in a wide palette of settings, both live and in the studio. His love for popular music forms has allowed him to enjoy the company of many wonderful artists and players. This has brought him all over North America and abroad performing with original artists and cover bands. Guitar is Mike’s main instrument but he continues to work professionally as a lead vocalist and bassist, running 3 of his own bands and playing in many others in the GTA. As a producer he continues to produce and write for artists that are attracted to Mike’s subtle but caring process. In 2013, Mike was fortunate to be hired to produce the award winning musical short film, “Sad Monster” by Kurt Dettbarn. The film won Best Super Short @ Comic Con, Best Short Film @ Atlanta Underground […]