The Beatles Musical – Let It Be
Let It Be was one of the Beatles biggest hit songs and is now the title song for the first ever fully endorsed musical theatre show with performing rights to all of the Beatles popular compositions.
The opening of Let It Be in London 2012 coincides with the 50th anniversary of the release of Love Me Do on 5th October 1962. Love Me Do was a roughly recording beat record that captured on seven inch vinyl some of the excitement of the Beatles unique live sound which they had honed over thousands of hours singing in nightclubs in Hamburg and Liverpool. The record only made number 17 in the UK ‘hit parade’ charts, but it marked the start of the most remarkable musical careers in history. John Lennon and Paul McCartney formed the most successful songwriting partnership in the world and the contributions of George Harrison and Ringo Starr all helped to make the Beatles much bigger than any individuals.You don’t need me to list all the fabulous songs from the seven years in which the Beatles were most prolific together, there are over 180 of them! Let It Be, the London Beatles show includes live performances of early tracks including Twist and Shout, She Loves You and All My Lovin’, as well as global mega-hits Yesterday, Hey Jude, Come Together and, of course, Let It Be the title track for the show. There are over twenty of The Beatles’ greatest hits altogether, including some for the later albums which the Beatles themselves were never able to perform in front of a live audience. They were forced to stop touring after Beatlemania got out of hand in America.
So this is not a simple re-telling of the Beatles story, whizzing through the years on a Saturday night out in London, nor is it simply a concert or a look-alike covers band show. It’s something else entirely, made out of bit of both and more. You get to relive the days in the Cavern Club in Liverpool, but also catch the zeitgeist from the flower power era when the Beatles were mostly making films, writing adventurous music and recording albums, with a selection of highly talented musicians taking turns to come forward on stage to recreate the sounds from the albums that were never performed live. Close your eyes and you were there. Open them, and see the parts you missed!
Let It Be Theatre Breaks
Beatlefact: The Beatles themselves did actually play the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1963, it was the venue for the performance where John Lennon said “For our last number I’d like to ask your help. ‘Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewellery.”