'Backbeat' reveals Beatles' gritty early days

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(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. It plays at the Ahmanson Theatre where performances continue through March 1.
CRAIG SCHWARTZ
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