REVIEW: Let It Be, New Alexander Theatre Birmingham
Beatlemania was reborn in Birmingham this week, as the New Alexandra Theatre set its stage for the jukebox musical, Let It Be.
Directed by John Maher, the iconic tribute to the fab four takes you on a magical mystery tour through the Beatles musical career.
First stop is 1962 back in Liverpool at the Cavern Club, where the band’s rock and roll legacy began and last stop, was 1969 for the historic, Abbey Road album.
With a head-bopping Ringo Starr, (Roberts) a sweet smiling, Paul McCartney, (Angeletti) a soft singing George Harrison (Brosnan) and a quick-witted John Lennon (Gershon) Let it Be spans through a decade of the Beatles’ best performances. The jukebox musical brings you magnificent stage sets, costumes and a real sense of magical nostalgia.
The set list includes songs such as ‘Ticket to Ride’ ‘Lucy in the sky with diamonds’ and ‘Strawberry Fields.’ The boys produce pitch-perfect vocal harmonies that highlights the predominant, Lennon and McCarntey partnership, whilst classics such as ‘Here Comes the Sun’ and ‘Whilst my Guitar Gently Weeps’ really shows off Harrison’s pure talent.
The audience get up on their feet and start shaking their hips, to the rhythm and energy that Ringo brings to the stage with hits like ‘I Wannaa Be Your Man’ and ‘With a Little Help From my Friends’.
Whereas, you could not call Let it Be a story in itself, there are many personal touches, and moments within the performances that make this production that bit more special. Gershon captured Lennon’s infamous humour faultlessly, at the same time that Roberts captured Ringo’s cute innocence.
All four members of the group have a striking likeness to the Beatles’ boys, great vocal and instrumental ability and for two of them to be originally from the midlands, it’s even more of a reason to see the talent that Birmingham has produced.
For a Beatles experience, that’s a close as you could get to the real thing, Let it Be is not to be missed, so make sure you get your ticket to ride tonight!
Let It Be is at the Alexander Theatre until the 22nd of March, for tickets click here.