Sunday 23 September 2018

Review: Let It Be musical is a night of fun and nostalgia that'll throw you back to the 60s

The Beatles (PA)
The Beatles (PA)
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

For any young Beatles fan who never got the chance to see the Fab Four live, the Let It Be musical gives you a taste of what it may have been like.

The show allows the audience to sing along with more than 40 hits from John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

Unfortunately the lads from Liverpool had so many hits, not every Beatles classic gets covered throughout the show.

"It was really hard to narrow it down and you never realise how many great songs The Beatles had until you need to pack it into a two-hour musical," says Emanuele Angletti, who plays Paul McCartney.

Let It Be performed in the Empire Theatre in the heart of Liverpool on September 3.

Audience members in their 70s and 80s twisted and shouted like it was 1962 as the four tribute act members gave pitch perfect performances.

Straight from London's West End, Let It Be has been touring the UK and is heading for Ireland on September 17.

And like the original Beatles, this tribute act has its Irish connections.

John Brosnan, who plays George Harrison, has family from Co Kerry and his daughter is currently studying in Trinity College Dublin.

Coincidentally, the real George also has ties to the Emerald Isle. His maternal grandfather, John French, was from Wexford. He also had cousins living in Drumcondra.

"I'm really looking forward to going back to Ireland to perform, I can't wait to see what the crowd is like," says Brosnan.

He has some great one-liners throughout and gives a great rendition of George's hit solo track 'Got My Mind Set on You', a firm favourite with those who visit Copperface Jacks on the weekend.

The stand-out performer of the show, however, was John Lennon (Michael Gagliano), who injected some humour into the evening and gave an emotional acoustic performance of Imagine.

He mastered the John Lennon-look and some of his mannerisms almost to perfection.

Michael Gagliano has already appeared as John Lennon in the new Let It Be show in North America, Canada and Japan, as well as on the West End with the original show.

Two encores brought fans right back with Let It Be and Hey Jude, which had everyone in the crowd on their feet.

The audience came together for what seemed to be an emotional night for some, who remembered their young and carefree days.

The main criticism of the show, however, was the lack of a solid storyline. It was more like watching a band perform a tribute act than an actual musical, but in some respects that was okay.

Each member knows how to sing and play so the standard was a lot higher than your average tribute band.

The main thing is you leave with a smile on your face and playing The Beatles on your Spotify for the following week.

Let It Be comes to the Gaiety Theatre will be on from September 17 to September 22, Mon - Sat evening 7:30pm, Wednesday & Sat Matinee: 2:30pm

Tickets: From €21

Booking details:Gaiety Theatre Box Office South King Street, Dublin 2.  10 am – 7 pm / Mon – Sat (subject to performance schedule)

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