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The Fifth Beatle was written by Vivek J. Tiwary, a Broadway veteran who has written stage hits such as Green Day’s American Idiot and The Addams Family. The painted art was provided by popular artists Andrew C. Robinson (Starman, Superman) and Kyle Baker (Plastic Man, Nat Turner). Although the Beatles has remained a beloved music act since their start, Brian Epstein, their manager, remains largely unknown. The Fifth Beatle tells not just the story of his musical career but his life. Many people feel that Epstein was as important to the success of the group as were the four members. Epstein was also a close friend and advisor to the group. Despite his success with the Beatles, his personal life was less happy. Epstein was a closeted homosexual who was unable to express his true self due to England’s laws at the time (he could have been jailed for admitting being a homosexual). As an adult, he also formed substance-abuse problems. He died of an accidental drug overdose at the young age of thirty-two.