Review: The Magic of The Beatles at Nottingham Playhouse

The Magic of the Beatles visited Nottingham Playhouse last month, much to the delight of fans of the iconic British band. 

The show is a tribute to the legendary group and their legacy, bringing back to life the band’s timeless hits such as “Love Me Do” and “Please Please Me, in a celebration of the band’s music,

The musicians each take on the role of one of the fab four. Michael Gagliano in my humble opinion is the best John Lennon in the business. Having toured the world as Lennon, his performance is simply brilliant, capturing the essence of Lennon’s charisma and stage presence. From his distinctive vocal style to his image. Gagliano’s performance is a highlight of the show.  

Michael Gagliano as John Lennon

The rest of the band too are played by a talented group of musicians who have clearly studied the Beatles’ music and stage presence in great detail, each fantastic and bringing their unique talents to the stage. The group’s chemistry was palpable, and their passion for the music was evident in every note. Interacting with the audience, they encouraged us to sing and dance along to the music. With the same energy and enthusiasm as the original band members, It felt that they were having just as much fun as we were.

The set design is simple but effective, providing context for the music and adding to the nostalgic atmosphere.

The first half of the show is dedicated to the Beatles’ early years, with hits such as “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” and “Help!” The second half of the show is dedicated to the Beatles’ later years, and the band plays hits such as “Hey Jude,” “Let It Be,” and “Come Together.” The mood of the show changes slightly, as the band’s music became more experimental and introspective during this period. The musicians do an excellent job of capturing the spirit of the later Beatles’ music.

To hear the audience singing along to “Hey Jude,”in the second half is a testament to the enduring appeal of the Beatles’ music.

An outstanding tribute to one of the greatest bands in musical history. If you’re a fan of The Beatles, or just love great rock and roll music, this show is not to be missed.

By Tanya Louise


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