For fans of the Fab Four, the new Beatles show LET IT BE is a theatrical treat writes Kaye Holland October marks 50 years since the Beatles catapulted onto our radios, so the opening of LET IT BE, an “all-music journey through the songs of the Fab Four” is nothing if not well timed.
- Reuven Gershon as John Lennon
Unlike other West End shows that are based on a band’s catalogue of hits (think Mamma Mia and The Jersey Boys), there’s no storyline here. Rather LET IT BE is a concert, created by Joey Curatolo (who played Paul in the long running Broadway Beatles tribute show, RAIN), that celebrates the songs of one of the most successful bands of all time.
It’s the first time that “the grand theatrical rights” to The Beatles’ back catalogue have been granted to a West End production, so - if you're going - expect to enjoy the Fab Four’s greatest hits in (roughly) chronological order.
The four blokes belting out songs such as She Loves You, Strawberry Fields, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Help and Hard Day’s Night are Emanuele Angeletti (Paul), Reuven Gershon (John) , Stephen Hill (George) and Phil Martin (Ringo). Wearing wigs, the aforementioned quartet do a more than decent job of not only sounding like Liverpool’s finest, but of looking like them too.
Video footage charts the band’s journey from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through to the height of Beatlemania and their later years when they stopped performing live, yet reveals little that even the youngest member of audience doesn’t already know. It's a shame and something of a missed opportunity as, while the music is fantastically fun, an actual Beatles album can be yours on Amazon for a snip of the price that a seat to see this show will set you back.
Nonetheless by the time the finale rolls around, financial gripes are guaranteed to have been forgotten: you’ll be on your feet for the closing crowd pleaser that is Hey Jude, "Na na na na na ,na na naming" with a huge smile on your face along with everyone else. The story might not be upto much, but as feelgood fun goes, LET IT BE is utterly irresistble.
LET IT BE (running time two hours, 10 minutes) is playing at the Prince of Wales Theatre until Jan 19. For more information or to book a ticket, visit www.letitbelondon.com.