THE Fab Four were reincarted at the Bristol Hippodrome last night as hit musical Let It Be rocketed the audience back to the 1960s and where it all began for the world’s most recognisable band.
Chronologically cataloguing The Beatles’ most famous songs, this non-stop show features 40 of the band’s 180 tracks in a concert-style performance transporting us from Liverpool to America’s Shea stadium and everywhere inbetween.
In immaculate matching suits, the four talented musicians and impersonators playing the foursome wasted no time setting the pace for the show in a Cavern Club set with hits from the early years including I Want to Hold Your Hand, Day Tripper and Can’t Buy Me Love.
The band’s famed Royal Variety Show performance of 1963 follows with From Me to You and She Loves You amid black and white television footage from the era before the auditorium at the hippodrome prepared to rock as we became the audience at the world’s first ever stadium performance by a band, in America in 1965. On our feet only mid-way through the first half, songs included Twist and Shout, Ticket to Ride, Help! And A Hard Day’s Night.
A colourful set from the Sgt Pepper album followed tracking The Beatles ever-changing influences and transformation from a clean cut boy band to a flamboyant 70s outfit.
Emanuele Angeletti and Reuven Gershon led the way as Paul McCartney and John Lennon respectively, seeming to have just as much fun playing the infamous pair as we were watching them, having clearly studied their accents and characteristics meticulously.
Angeletti’s version of Yesterday had the crowd transfixed while Gershon’s vocals on Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds were a replica of their originator. Other stand out songs included the beautiful Norwegian Wood, Eleanor Rigby cleverly accompanied by plenty of moving graphics and the sing-a-long When I’m 64.
Stephen Hill and Luke Roberts completed the line-up for a show which is very much focused on the music. Let It Be may not teach you much about the personalities of these four young Liverpudlians who became worldwide superstars but it will leave you in doubt of their musical genius.
Of course, no Beatles tribute would be complete without a rendition of the stirring Hey Jude which had every member of the audience swaying their hands in uniform appreciation of the foursome’s enduring legacy.
Let It Be is on at the Bristol Hippodrome until Saturday, May 10.