Let It Be (musical)
|Let It Be|
Let It Be, Garrick Theatre, 2015
|Music||Lennon–McCartney, Harrison, Starr, Medley/Russell|
|Lyrics||Lennon–McCartney, Harrison, Starr, Medley/Russell|
|Basis||Musical career of The Beatles|
|Premiere||24 September 2012: Prince of Wales Theatre. London|
|Productions||2012 Prince of Wales Theatre, West End
2013 Savoy Theatre, West End
2013 Germany Tour
2014 UK Tour
2014 Japan Tour
2014 Garrick Theatre, West End
The production debuted at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 24 September 2012. (previews from 14 Sep 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. The production opened on UK tour in Manchester in February 2014 the show returned to the West End opening at the Garrick Theatre on 9 July 2014. The production is produced by Jamie Hendry Productions & Annerin Productions.
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. Subsequent scenes use hallucinogenic and psychedelic designs to further progress the representation of The Beatles' ever increasing experimentation with substances and eastern theory. The show culminates with the breakup of the group in 1970.
The structure of the West End and Broadway productions were essentially similar, The only major difference was the West End production featured a scene with the cast re-enacting The Beatles' 1963 Royal Variety Performance at the Prince of Wales Theatre.
The Broadway and West End companies each feature multiple casts, who alternate performances.
|Original West End Cast||Original Broadway Cast||Original UK Touring Cast|
Ryan Alex Farmery
Ryan Alex Farmery
Daniel A. Weiss
Royal Variety/Ed Sullivan set
A Hard Day's Night set
Shea Stadium set
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band set
Magical Mystery Tour set
Abbey Road/Rooftop set
The musical received mixed to positive reviews from both West End and Broadway critics with The Daily Telegraph stating that "For those who love the Beatles, this show is as about as good as it gets."
In 2013 the producers of the long-running Beatles tribute band Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles filed a copyright suit against the producers of Let It Be. Rain claimed that in 2005 they and the Let It Be producers agreed to produce a Broadway show, which eventually became the Rain Broadway run from 2010-2011. Rain claimed that Let It Be was essentially the same concept, with similar artwork, costumes, and virtually the same song repertoire, and that Rain was entitled to 50% of Let It Be's profits." The case was settled out of court.
- "Twist and Shout" only
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