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Review: Let It Be, The Savoy, The Strand

PUBLISHED: 09:24 10 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:24 10 April 2013

L-r: Ian B. Garcia, John Brosnan, Phil Martin (drums) and Michael Gagliano in the production of Let It Be

L-r: Ian B. Garcia, John Brosnan, Phil Martin (drums) and Michael Gagliano in the production of Let It Be

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As Let It Be drew to close, the lack of Hey Jude was the only possible gripe from this reviewer.

When the Fab Four belted it out in their second encore, it completed a memorable performance which doesn’t get much better for fans of The Beatles. Because if you’re hoping for a musical a la Mamma Mia then you’ll be sorely disappointed.

There is no attempt to shoehorn the story of The Beatles into a musical as was done with Abba for Mamma Mia.

It is basically as good a tribute band as you could possibly hope to see - and that is definitely meant as a compliment.

Beatles song after Beatles was sung to perfection and there are regular costume and set changes throughout the two-hour performance to reflect the changes in appearance of John, Paul, George and Ringo during the band’s career.

The gaps are filled by newsreel footage of the band through their 1960s heyday, complete with appropriately screaming fans.

Some of the wigs and moustaches sported to reflect their look may have been a little dodgy but the foursome are eerily reminiscent of the stars themselves. Both in appearance and sound.

The hits are sung in pretty much chronological order. There are so many of them that the production has to be a little bit selective - for example, there was no sign of chart-topping singles Hello Goodbye and Yellow Submarine.

Appropriately Let It Be was one of the final songs performed, given the name of the show, and all the other classics like All You Need is Love, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and I Want to Hold Your Hand were all there. There are few pauses in the performance other than the interval. Gershon as Lennon interacted with the crowd on the odd occasion to encourage people to clap or get on their feet for songs such as Twist and Shout.

But mainly the hits came with a breathless, incessant pace.

For those who love The Beatles, this is a must. If that includes you, head to The Savoy in The Strand - you won’t be disappointed.

For ticket information visit atgtickets.com/shows/let-it-be/savoy-theatre.

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