The West End musical inspired by The Beatles pop group is currently traveling the world already having visited Japan, the cast are now performing the much loved Beatles songs in Let It Be around the UK. I was really pleased and lucky to be able to attend the first performance of Let It Be, in the home city of The Beatles -Liverpool on Monday evening. What a show it was!
Let It Be Musical - Liverpool Empire Theatre
About The Beatles
The Beatles nick named the Fab Four - George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr released their first single, Love Me Do, on 5th October 1962.
They are the best-selling band in history, with estimated sales of over one billion units, receiving 7 Grammy awards, 15 Ivor Novello Awards and an Oscar.
Having more multi-platinum albums, more number one singles and more number one albums than any other group. They are the only act to have simultaneously held the top five positions on the US Billboard chart.
The only group to appear five times in the top 100 best-selling singles in the UK – no other group appears more than twice.
Their song Yesterday is the most covered song in history and I Want To Hold Your Hand is the fastest selling single of all time. The Beatles 1 is the fastest selling CD of all time.
It was the end of an era when the group officially split in December 1970.
Let It Be is returning with a brand new, never seen show, to stages across the UK and Ireland for a national tour starting in Summer 2018.
The new second half is set a decade after The Beatles went their separate ways. It gives you a rare glimpse of how the Fab Four could have performed together once again. The concert that never was.
The updated Let It Be production premiered in the UK opening at Cardiff's Wales Millennium Centre in August 2018.
The show is embarking on a UK and Ireland tour visiting the Everyman in Cheltenham; Liverpool Empire; Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall; the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin; New Theatre in Hull; Edinburgh’s Playhouse Theatre; Orchard Theatre in Dartford; and Manchester’ Opera House.
The show will then head to Europe and overseas, with the international tour taking in countries including Germany and North America.
Let It Be: A Celebration Of The Music Of The Beatles focuses on the phenomenal music of The Beatles, and has already been seen by more than two million people worldwide, including an acclaimed run in the West End and two UK tours. And now the team behind the international hit stage show have come together once again to create a very special show.
Beatles fans are invited to join John, Paul, George and Ringo for a great night of live music – from the early beginnings to the height of Beatlemania. In a twist from the original Let It Be show, audiences will then be taken on a Magical Mystery Tour to experience the concert that never was, when Part II of Let It Be gives audiences the rare opportunity to see The Beatles reunite for one night only.
West End producer Mark Goucher, also CEO at The Everyman Theatre Cheltenham, has struck a deal with Canadian Producer Jeff Parry to take over the commercial running of the worldwide hit Beatles musical. The new tour will lead onto a tie up with German producers BB for an extended tour in Germany. It is also hoped that the show will return to a London theatre in late 2018 or early 2019.
A cast of talented musicians will play the Fab Four. The performers have already toured the show to entertain on some of the biggest stages in the world including Broadway.
Michael Gagliano from Woking will play John Lennon; Emanuele Angeletti from Italy is Paul McCartney;Irish/Australian John Brosnan as George Harrison; and Ben Cullingworth, from Market Harborough in Leicestershirewill play Ringo Starr. The band will be joined on stage throughout the tour by musical director Michael Bramwell on keyboards.
Producer Jeff Parry comments: “It’s a very exciting time as we count down to the UK premiere of the new show in Cardiff in just three weeks. The cast are about to go into rehearsals and that’s when the magic really begins – as Michael, Emanuele, John and Ben come together as a band and prepare to wow audiences with their effortless and indistinguishable portrayal as John, Paul, George and Ringo. It’s going to be a very special, memorable show.”
Let It Be: A Celebration Of The Music Of The Beatles is the ultimate experience for Beatles fans, and features many of the Fab Four’s best loved songs including She Loves You; Twist and Shout; Day Tripper; Penny Lane; and I Want To Hold Your Hand.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY ABOUT LET IT BE
‘The Beatles are back sending theatre audiences dancing into the aisles’
Reuters, New York
‘Winning over an Empire full of Liverpudlians (including John Lennon’s sister Julia) is no mean feat. But one that Let It Be happily achieves’
‘Fab for all the family’
The Times of London
‘The gig that Liverpool never had is now the gig that Liverpool cannot do without’
Liverpool Sound and Vision
‘Does everything and more to recreate that magic era’