Let It Be (musical)

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Let It Be
Let It Be Musical.jpg
Let It Be West End Logo
Music Lennon–McCartney, Harrison, Starr, Medley/Russell[1]
Lyrics Lennon–McCartney, Harrison, Starr, Medley/Russell[1]
Basis Musical career of The Beatles
Premiere 24 September 2012 – Prince of Wales Theatre. London
Productions 2012 Prince of Wales Theatre, West End
2013 Broadway
2013 Savoy Theatre, West End
2013 Germany Tour
2014 UK Tour
2014 Japan Tour
2014 Garrick Theatre, West End

Let It Be is a West End and Broadway Theatrical Concert, based on the career of English rock band, The Beatles, from 1962 to their breakup in 1969. The production debuted at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 24 September 2012. Its run at the venue ended on 19 January 2013, after which it moved to the Savoy Theatre and opened on 1 February 2013. The Broadway production started previews on 13 July 2013 with its official opening night taking place on 24 July 2013 running for a limited engagement at the St. James Theatre until 1 September 2013.[2] The production opened on UK tour in Manchester in February 2014 and will return to the West End opening at the Garrick Theatre on 9 July 2014. The production is produced by Jamie Hendry Productions & Annerin Productions.

Synopsis West End production[edit]

The show begins with the four actors portraying The Beatles' appearance at the Cavern Club in 1962, followed by a set change progressing the cast to the 1963 Royal Variety Performance at the Prince of Wales Theatre. The Beatles journey to America beginning their tour at The Ed Sullivan Show. The Beatles directions are changing musically leading to New York City's Shea Stadium.[3] Subsequent scenes use hallucinogenic[4] and psychedelic designs to further progress the representation of The Beatle's ever increasing experimentation with substances and eastern theory.[5] The show culminates with the breakup of the group and the end of the 1960s.

Synopsis Broadway production[edit]

The show begins with the four actors portraying an early version of The Beatles' appearance at the Cavern Club in 1962. When this scene closes [The Beatles] journey to America beginning their tour at The Ed Sullivan Show. Moving forward, The Beatles' directions are changing musically while their band grows in popularity performing their largest concert at New York City's Shea Stadium.[3] Subsequent scenes use hallucinogenic[4] and psychedelic designs to further progress the representation of The Beatles' ever increasing experimentation with substances and eastern theory.[5] The show culminates with the breakup of the group and the end of the 1960s.

Cast[edit]

The Broadway and West End companies each feature multiple casts, who alternate performances.

Original West End Cast Original Broadway Cast Original UK Touring Cast
Emanuele Angeletti
John Brosnan
Gordon Elsmore
James Fox
Michael Gagliano
Reuven Gershon
Stephen Hill
Phil Martin
Ryan Alex Farmery
Michael Bramwell
Grahame Alexander
John Brosnan
Ryan Coath
JT Curtis
Ryan Alex Farmery
Reuven Gershon
James Fox
Tyson Kelly
John Korba
Chris McBurney
Luke Roberts
Dan Weiss
Emanuele Angeletti
John Brosnan
Ben Cullingworth
James Fox
Michael Gagliano
Reuven Gershon
Stephen Hill
Luke Roberts

Setlist[edit]

Reception[edit]

The musical received mixed to positive reviews from both West End and Broadway critics with the Telegraph stating that "For those who love the Beatles, this show is as about as good as it gets."[6]

Performance of the "Let It Be" musical at the Savoy Theatre in 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Twist and Shout" only
  2. ^ Beatles Concert Show ‘Let It Be’ Coming to Broadway - The New York Times.com
  3. ^ a b Brown, Peter. "Review of Let It Be at the Prince of Wales Theatre". London Theatre. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Billington, Michael (24 September 2012). "Let It Be – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Lukowski, Andrzej (25 September 2012). "Let It Be". Time Out. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Let It Be". The Telegraph. 25 September 2012. ,

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