Musical extravaganza Let It Be celebrates the music of The Beatles, featuring some of their biggest hits as well as imagining what would have happened if the Fab Four reformed in the Eighties. In the show – which is coming to Norwich later this month – Emanuele Angeletti performs as Paul McCartney. In this brief chat, he talks about his career, playing the part of Paul, and offers us a flavour of what the show offers.
The Beatles have been a big part of your career. You have been part of The Apple Pies for many years. Tell us about them.
It has been my first important band. We toured a lot in Italy and Europe. I also did the Italian X-Factor with the Apple Pies and recorded some albums.
What is it about Paul that makes him so special to play?
He has some beautiful bass-lines. He is not an ordinary bass player. I also think his music is very positive.
And you have learned to play the guitar with your other hand. Tell us about that.
Yes, it was a sort of challenge for me. I opened Let It Be in London in 2012 and I was doing the show playing right-handed. At the same time, I was practicing at home playing the guitar with my left-hand. I also open the second act playing with my left-hand.
What is in store for audiences who come along to see Let It Be?
In Act 1, we tell The Beatles story with their songs from 1962 to 1970. In Act 2, there is an imaginary reunion which features a lot of the group’s solo songs as well as other Beatles tunes.
I understand that The Long And Winding Road is your favourite Beatles song. Why did you select that track?
I love ballads on piano and I think it is one of the most intense songs I have ever heard.
Let It Be will be performed at Norwich Theatre Royal from Monday 17th June to Saturday 22nd June at 7.30pm, with matinees at 2.30pm on Wednesday 19th June and Saturday 22nd June.