The latest Beatles project will hit the stage in Los Angeles before an expected move to Broadway. "Backbeat," a musical adaptation of the 1994 film about the early days of the Fab Four and set mostly in Hamburg, Germany, when the Beatles were still a five-piece with Stuart Sutcliffe on bass and Pete Best on drums, will run from January 16 to February 24 at the Ahmanson Theater, following a 2010 premiere in Glasgow, Scotland. The production has a July 21-September 2 run slated for the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, while a Broadway stay is currently being negotiated but is expected to start in the spring of 2013 to make the show eligible for Tony Awards. The show features mostly covers that the group performed during its early club days, including "Twist and Shout," "Long Tall Sally," "Good Golly Miss Molly" and the Marvelettes' Motown hit "Please Mr. Postman." The script for the stage version of "Backbeat" was written by Ian Softley, who also directed the film.