The Magic of the Beatles - Coventry Belgrade Theatre – Wednesday, May 4
Having been to see the West End hit ‘Let it Be’ at the Birmingham Hippodrome around a week earlier, I approached this show with a little trepidation, expecting it not to be quite as good, but I am pleased to say that I was wrong as it was every bit as good.
This isn’t musical theatre interspersed with Beatles’ songs as ‘Mama Mia’, but just the group performing live on stage, probably in a similar way to the original line-up. Sadly, I never got to see the real thing but here the group use a lot of the authentic musical instruments and amps, and replica costumes to re-create that Beatles’ sound, and they had the audience clapping and singing along with all the songs. Not only did they sound like the Beatles but they looked like them, with the changing costumes (and hairstyles) and also their mannerisms – John especially stood out by the way he stood legs akimbo, just like the original, although Paul (in both shows) had miraculously become right handed!
We were taken from their days starting in The Cavern, to their success in the States, and into the psychedelic years in the later 60’s, then onto their later studio years and eventual break up.
Being a massive Beatles fan I loved the show to bits, and would have liked it to have gone on for longer than the two hours so I could have heard even more of my favourite songs but the performers have to eat and sleep! Sadly, there was not a programme but I assume the band were Paul McDonaugh as John, David Peterson as Paul, Richard Jevons as George and Dave Gee as Ringo (as per their web site), and each one performed magnificently ‘with a little help from their friends’. Personal favourites were Strawberry Fields and Hey Jude but as I have already said I enjoyed the whole show as they certainly pleased, pleased me!
If you get a chance to see the show at some point in the future don’t miss it, I personally can’t wait for them to ‘get back’!