Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Let It Be: What Do The Critics Make Of It?

Let It Be - the tribute musical celebrating the 50th anniversay of the Beatles first single release opened its doors to the press last night (24th September) at the Prince Of Wales Theatre in London.

The show charts the Beatles meteoric rise to megastardom and becoming the most successful pop band in history all the way from there humble beginnings in Liverpool being the resident band in the (now famous) Cavern Club up to their later studio materpieces that sold tens of millions of copies worldwide.

So what did the critics make of it?.........


Charles Spencer
Daily Telegraph

****

…after two glorious hours I left the show feeling as high as a kite…Let It Be is essentially a concert with a brilliant covers band offering a non-stop parade of hits…Some of the wigs and false moustaches sported by the cast may be a touch dodgy, but the music is almost spookily faithful to the originals…Reuven Gershon is especially good as Lennon, capturing the haunting, other-worldly quality of his voice, if not his famously sarky manner. Emanuele Angeletti lets rip to great effect as McCartney on "Hey Jude" while Stephen Hill as George Harrison delivers a thrilling solo during "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". For those who love the Beatles, this show is as about as good as it gets.

Henry Hitchings
Evening Standard

**

Let It Be is not so much a musical as a concert…a missed opportunity…The playful visuals notwithstanding, there’s nothing here that could be described as a story…Reuven Gershon the standout as John Lennon…As for the interpretation of the songs, it’s vigorous and well-rehearsed. You can’t fault the essential fidelity of execution. But if fidelity is what you are after, the original recordings are surely what you need…Yes, the music is great. Yet we don’t have to go to the theatre to be reminded of that. The Beatles song this show calls to mind may not be "Help!" – but neither is it "Got to get you into my life".

Michael Billington
Guardian

**

There is a good musical to be written about the Beatles, covering their artistic achievements as well as the internal friction that led to their breakup. Unfortunately, this is not it…The whole evening is an exercise in faintly necrophiliac nostalgia. For some, this may be enough. But I craved much more…The show also misses a trick in its use of two screens, shaped like 1960s TV sets, on either side of the proscenium arch…In short, this is just another tribute show. It is well performed and, from a rotating company, the team I saw was impressive…But I go to the theatre hoping to be surprised, challenged or given a new perspective on reality. What I don't want is to see the musical, of all forms, turned into a gaudy museum.

Libby Purves
Times

****

…Just songs, more or less in order, each period staged in the familiar costumes, every move scrupulous…The imitation is artful: as the seven years roll by, hair and ’taches grow, lava-lamps play, Sgt. Pepper epaulettes sprout then become peacenik safari jackets and John’s white suit…Two bands will alternate, but the ones I saw were remarkable lookalikes (John Brosnan a particularly striking George) and stylistically scrupulous. But we know the recordings too well not to miss the open plaintive voice of young McCartney or the brown depths of Harrison…Is it theatre, though? Oddly, yes. The very lack of “story”, accompanied by the brilliance of the songbook, creates a mental space…When the whole house at last sang "Let it Be", cynicism was not an option.

Let It Be tickets are currently on sale and can be bought securely online through Theatre Tickets London so why not make your own mind up?

Monday, 24 September 2012

The Book Of Mormon Tickets Now On Sale!

Tickets to The Book Of Mormon have now gone on sale online prior to the show opening at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London next February.  This is one of the most eagerly awaited stage shows to transfer from Broadway for years from the creators of South Park.

This hilarious show has a storyline that focuses on a pair of teenage Mormons who are sent on a mission to a dangerous part of Uganda to spread the Mormon word to the natives. What follows is an absolute riot of song and dance numbers mixed with profanity, mayhem and outrage!

One of the most talked about U.S stage shows in recent times The Book Of Mormon is now set to get the west end buzzing.  Not suitable for kids or if you're easily offended but if not and you like a mixture of music, comedy and mayhem then this show could be the one you've been waiting for!

http://www.theatretickets-london.co.uk/The-Book-Of-Mormon

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Newsies To Come To The West End?

Rumours in theatreland are rife that Disney's latest hit musical 'Newsies' could be heading for London.. Talks of a transfer have been swirling for a while but it is understood that producers are now actively seeking a suitable home in the west end.

Based on the 1992 movie of the same name starring Christian Bale and Bill Pullman, the stage show centres on the exploits of a small group of newspaper boys in 1900s New York, featuring music by Alan Menken, with lyrics by Jack Feldman, and a book by Harvey Fierstein.

Newsies was nominated for eight Tony Awards, including Best Book, Best Actor and Best Direction of a Musical, winning two - Best Score and Best Choreography.

A  production in the west end wouldn't be likely to open until late next year or early 2014, depending on finding a suitable venue but it could be a new big hit in the capital should the deal go through.

Other  Broadwayshow  imports that could be on their way over to this side of the pond include 'Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark' and 'Peter And The Starcatcher'.  Watch this space for more details or for more information on west end theatre shows and tickets please visit http://www.theatretickets-london.co.uk/

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