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Drummer in Beatles tribute slips easily in Ringo Starr role

“RAIN — A Tribute to The Beatles,” a multimedia show that combines live performances of music with video and dialogue, will be at The Palace Theatre in Albany on Monday. (photo: Cyllavon Tiedemann)
“RAIN — A Tribute to The Beatles,” a multimedia show that combines live performances of music with video and dialogue, will be at The Palace Theatre in Albany on Monday. (photo: Cyllavon Tiedemann)
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After close to 30 years, being Ringo Starr comes naturally to drummer Ralph Castelli. Since 1986, Castelli has played Starr in “RAIN — A Tribute to The Beatles,” a multimedia show that combines note-perfect live performances of The Beatles’ music with video, dialogue and elaborate stage sets and lighting. Before that, Castelli was Starr in the touring production of “Beatlemania” and the subsequent film version. But his life-long obsession with Starr began much earlier. Like ...


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