50 Years of The Beatles: Let it Be, The Musical

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In August 1962 John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison were joined by drummer Ringo Starr to become The Beatles. Two months later, the Fab Four with the release of their debut single “Love Me Do” began their legend.

This year, 2012, marks the 50th anniversary and to celebrate it there is a year worth of events taking place both in Liverpool and in London. In particular this September “Let it Be” the musical was launched in London’s West End, at the Prince of Wales Theatre, which was the venue of the Fab Four’s legendary Royal Variety performance in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, when John Lennon issued his famous command, “Would the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands.

And the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry.” This new show is a spectacular theatrical concert with over thirty of The Beatles’ greatest hits such as Twist and Shout, She Loves You and All My Lovin’, but also global mega-hits like Yesterday, Hey Jude, Come Together and, of course, Let It Be.

The show covers the amazing carrier of The Beatles, from their beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club in 1962, through the heights of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces. The show take place in the venue of the long-running musical Mamma Mia!, which is shortly to transfer to the Novello, and it is the first time that the theatrical rights to The Beatles‘ back catalogue have been granted to a West End show.

Jamie Hendry, Let It Be, the musical producer, doesn’t want to have the “jukebox” tag appended to his production, and he said: “It’s a term I thought we would be tarnished with, We call the show a theatrical concert. We’re not shoehorning the musical around a book.

Those involved in Let It Be, the musical doesn’t want to rewrite the story of The Beatles, and have opted instead for a hyper-precise tribute, all songs and no dialogue, that they hope will emulate the look and sound of their heroes well enough for the audience to believe they are watching the Liverpool Fab Four with the sixties in full swing. The performers chosen to portray Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison were selected after an international talent search and they are eight in all, two men for each Beatle.

The role of “Paul” is played by Emanuele Angeletti, a former Italian X-Factor contestant, from Civita Castellana near Rome. The 37-year-old Italian called his casting “destiny”, having had the opportunity to record at Abbey Road studios seven years ago. He declared also: “I liked Paul McCartney so much, Ebony and Ivory with Stevie Wonder, which I listened to every day, and Beautiful Boy by John Lennon, and one day my father told me: ‘There is a band where Paul and John sing things together, they’re called The Beatles’. I didn’t know!” Angeletti formed a band, then joined a Beatles tribute band called “The Apple Pies”, and has never stopped trying to be the perfect McCartney. He added:“I’ve played Beatles for fifteen years in Italy in a tribute band, a lot of gigs and TV programmes” . After auditioning with “The Apple Pies” in London for Let It Be, he was the only one chosen for a part. His spoken English is heavily accented, but his singing voice is unbelievably close to the subtle but distinctive quality of McCartney’s vocals. Michael Gagliano, who played the role of Jhon Lennon, said: We’ve been Beatles for a long time.

Ever since I was a small boy I’ve been studying for this job and this is the biggest Beatles job on the planet.” Meanwhile, the role of “George” is took by Stephen Hill, from Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, who announce: “Hearing is believing.

You’ve got to believe you’re seeing The Beatles for two hours. If it’s not done right, it’s going to look and sound like a sack of spanners.” Apart from this new Musical other celebration where held this year in UK. BBC Local Radio has planned a day dedicated to The Beatles to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their first top 20 hit, Love Me Do.

The_Beatles2In fact the My Beatles Story day, scheduled for 5 October, will see all 39 BBC Local Radio stations feature listeners’ memories of the Fab Four, and the broadcaster has commissioned a survey of 12, 000 people in which they will select their favourite Beatles track. Liverpool, obviously, is the city with more events organized to celebrate this 50th anniversary and to attract Beatles fans from the UK and abroad. Italoeuropeo went to Liverpool for a day press trip last month and could enjoy several key attractions about The Beatles: the Beatles Story museum both at Albert Dock and also at Pier Head venue, with The Fab4D experience and The Hidden Gallery;

The Hard Days Night Hotel, the world’s first Beatles-inspired hotel; The Magical Mistery Tour Bus with the visit of Penny Lane, childhood home of John Lennon and Paul McCartney and the Famous Cavern Club.

The Highlights in Liverpool included an International Beatles Week, which was held in August, a one-man play show at the city’s Epstein Theatre, several performances by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and a Love Me Do Weekend in October which begin with an amazing sing-a-long world record attempt at the city’s Albert Dock on Friday October 5th 2012, to mark the 50th anniversary of Love me do.

Leader of Liverpool city council, Councillor Joe Anderson, said: “This is a hugely significant year in the history of the Beatles and it’s one Liverpool couldn’t let pass by without a huge celebration.”

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