LET IT BE: Music & lyrics written by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, Phil Medley & Bert Russell
TICKETS: 0844 871 3011
Runs: approx 2hr 30m, one interval. On tour to 5th July 2014
Review: Sam Chipman – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, 17 March 2014
A roaring success and a fitting tribute
This is not a musical, more a tribute act concert. There is no attempt to tell the band’s back-story as in Jersey Boys, nor to shakily tie together a plot around the songs as in Mamma Mia or We Will Rock You: this is simply over 2 hours of The Beatles best hits delivered to a roaring ovation from the audience.
The moment we enter the auditorium, from two screens attached to the proscenium arch, we are hit with the sixties. Adverts from the period, the 66 world cup final and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, to name but a few. All are displayed to remind us of the era.
These screens are also used to good effect for music videos and real life clips to cover scene and costume changes. They show close ups of the on stage action; credit must go the video designers for this.
The set and lighting design is neat and appropriate to set the mood and capture the location, and John Maher has done a good job pulling the performance together.
The performances are very precise and committed indeed. James Fox closely captures the mannerisms of Paul McCartney, his ‘Yesterday’ certainly captures the whole auditorium. Reuven Gershon almost could be mistaken for the eerie voiced John Lennon if you closed your eyes – a real stand out . John Brosnan gives a powerful rendition of ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ which brings the most deserving applause of the evening. Ben Cullingworth must not be forgotten, as the ever present Ringo in the background.
While it cannot be considered theatrically thrilling and the lack of story does leave the performance feeling a little pedestrian at times, it is, nevertheless, one of the best tributes you are likely to see. Hearing The Beatles hits performed back to back with true admiration from the cast of Beatles fans is a delight.
A fantastic evenings entertainment: standing ovations all around. This show should be seen by all music fans – after all it celebrates our proud musical heritage.
Paul McCartney – Emanuele Angeletti/James Fox
John Lennon – Reuven Gershon/Michael Gagliano
George Harrison – John Brosnan/Stephen Hill
Ringo Star – Ben Cullingworth/Luke Roberts
Keyboard – Graham Harvey/Michael Bramwell
Musical Supervisor & Director: John Maher
Set Designer: Tim McQuillen Wright
Lighting Designer: Humphrey McDermott
Sound Designer: Gareth Owen
Video Designer: Duncan Mclean
Original Video Designers: Darren McCaulley & Mathieu St-Arnaud
Costumer Supervisor: Jack Galloway