Belfast Telegraph

Jukebox opera that's rather Fab

By Terry Blain

The Grand Opera House has hosted some exceptional West End transfers in the past few years, but probably none more enjoyable than this one, for Beatles devotees especially.

For two hours the hits kept on coming, in a reminder of the extraordinary musical quality of the Lennon-McCartney songwriting partnership. They are performed live, and very convincingly, by the four singing actors playing the John, Paul, George and Ringo characters.

Musically Let It Be is loosely chronological, and evocative use is made of computer generated imagery to recreate the Cavern club in Liverpool, Shea Stadium in America, and the psychedelic Sergeant Pepper period.

This is jukebox opera at its most unembellished, giving some idea of what it must have been like to hear this amazing music in the era when it was first created.

Four stars

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