Beatles-Focused Show Coming to Broadway
The Beatles anthology production ‘Let It Be’ is making the leap from London’s West End to the St. James Theatre on Broadway. Rather than focus on the Fab’s bitter-end finale, however, the show includes songs from throughout their career.
Billboard reports that the show combines performances by live musicians with new projection technology, ‘Let It Be’ will bring to life more than 40 familiar songs from the Fab Four — including ‘Hey Jude,’ ‘Come Together,’ ‘Yesterday’ and the title song, among others.
This new production follows a string of earlier box office successes that have mined fans’ lingering passion for John, Paul, George and Ringo, going all the way back to the aptly titled late-1970s revue ‘Beatlemania.’ More recently, Broadway has been home to a musical focusing on the group’s early days called ‘Backbeat,’ and the Cirque du Soleil tribute “Love” is still running strong at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
‘Let It Be’ will be produced for Broadway through December 29 by Jeff Parry of Annerin Productions, which also presented the concert-style Beatles-focused show “Rain” during the 2010-11 season. Advance performances begin on July 16, with an official opening to follow on July 24. The cast has yet to be announced.