Ringo Starr was on hand to open Liverpool's year in the spotlight as a European Capital of Culture on Friday. On Saturday Starr will star on stage with many other acts for "Liverpool, The Musical."
The musical will showcase the city's musical heritage featuring the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Farm and up-and-coming rockers The Wombats.
The city hopes that the yearlong festivities will help change it's image of poverty, gangs and social unrest. The city has spent millions into updating the town and there is hope that this venue will spark a tourism boom.
Each year two European Union cities get the honour of hosting year long cultural events. The goal is to boost jobs and tourism to that city. Stavanger, Norway is the other culture capital for 2008.