Training: Academy of Music. Emanuele began his musical career at four when he sang on two records in collaboration with Pippo Franco, a famous Italian actor and singer.
Performances include: In 2000, after many years in several bands and lots of work in recording studios, Emanuele was chosen to become a member of Beatles tribute band The Apple Pies, beginning a long series of concerts in Europe and performing on many television shows including entering The X Factor in Italy in 2010. In 2005 he and his band won a recording session in Abbey Road’s Studio 2, the same studio in which the Beatles recorded many of their albums, for being the most important Italian Beatles tribute band. In 2008, when the Beatles photographer Robert Whitaker was touring Italy promoting his new photo book Eight Days A Week: Inside The Beatles’ Final World Tour, Emanuele Angeletti and The Apple Pies accompanied him playing a replica of the 1966 final Beatles live show. In 2009, they were chosen to perform at the only official EMI presentation of the Beatles digitallly-remastered collection.
Recordings include: The Apple Pies’ first album, Reinvente Beatles, released in 2008 in the USA, Japan, Germany, Italy and South America was recorded with Italian producer Giacomo Bondi. This was followed by their second album Strumenti d’Epoca, released in 2011.
Favourite Beatles song: ‘The Long and Winding Road’.
Training: Michael studied piano at the London College of Music and has performed, recorded and toured internationally as a pianist and keyboard player.
Theatre includes: associate musical director for We Will Rock You in Germany, also playing and conducting regularly for the London and Zurich productions. He conducted the musical Dancing in the Streets in London.
Performances include: working with artists Enrique Iglesias, Andrea Bocelli, Barclay James Harvest, Uli Jon Roth, Steve Vai, Hot Chocolate, Suzi Quatro and Bic Runga. Michael is also musical director for Italian singer Patrizio Buanne.
Favourite Beatles song: ‘Something’.
Training: John is a London-based musician and songwriter. He began playing guitar at ten and later studied classical piano performance and theory.
Performances include: his first professional job, at 18, was in the orchestra pit for a musical theatre production before spending the next ten years playing in original bands in the UK and USA, two of which achieved chart success including a USA Billboard Top 100 hit. John currently tours, performing as a guest artist with some of the world’s best symphony orchestras, as well as producing and composing for short films.
Favourite Beatles song: ‘Dear Prudence’.
6 years old – the age Neil Candelora would have his life forever changed by seeing a VHS of The Beatles on Ed Sullivan. 6 and a ½ – the age in which he decided to learn to play left handed – just like his new favorite Beatle. It is many teenaged years later, and he’s rightly (or should I say leftly) stuck with his decision. Hey, it’s a good story right? Originally born and raised in Orlando, Neil was literally raised in a dinner theater by actor parents Bettie-Ann and Joe. Nowadays, Neil resides in sunny Chicago. When he’s not moptopin’ it onstage you can most likely find him rehearsing and recording with his band The Ivorys at their very own Seven Levels Studios. Having traveled a decent amount of North America to portray “The cute but bossy one” sources close to Neil say that he’s supposedly “Very excited” and “Happy” to be playing with such a great cast in “Let It Be”. He would like to thank his friends, family, and Mark Ferrera.
Paul has been singing and performing from a young age, and music has always played an important part in his life. He picked up the guitar at 14 and hasn’t put it down since.
Paul has had record deals with Virgin records and Warner records. This has lead to performances at Wembley Arena, O2 Wireless Festival, ITV’s This Morning and Dermot O’Leary’s Radio 2 show as well as national tours and support slots for major artists.
He is the proud father of two children (Hallie and Jamie) and plays the Beatles to them everyday! The music of the Beatles has always been a huge influence and a passion of Paul’s and he is honoured to be in Let It Be.
Favourite Beatles song: In My Life
Training: Ryan trained as an actor at Rose Bruford College.
Theatre Credits Include: Dirk and Reg in Bubbles (The Watermill Theatre); Shahazaman in Arabian Nights (The Watermill Theatre and The Stables Theatre); Malcolm in Macbeth (Southwark Playhouse); The Witch in Hansel and Gretel for Avenue Theatre (Greenwich Observatory); Mick in The Caretaker (Studio 101); Dan in Closer and Bruce Delamitri in Popcorn both for Barefoot Theatre Company (The Rose Theatre); Sombrero Fallout (The Oval House Theatre); Travelling Light (The Courtyard Theatre) and Arthur Gride and Smike in Nicholas Nickleby (The Rose Theatre).
Screen Work Includes: The Bill (Talkback Thames), A Song for Jenny (BBC), as well as numerous commercials for the UK and overseas.
Performances: Ryan has played and recorded with Rosey Dees joining them in 2008 on bass. He also enjoys performing with The Next Band, playing at venues including Hyde Park, The Bull and Gate, The National Gallery and The London Palladium.
Ryan has been a devoted lover of The Beatles since he was 14 years old and is honoured to be performing in Let It Be.
Training: Ben moved to London in 2009, at the age of 18, to attend The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in North-West London. He will complete his BA honours degree in drum performance in April 2013.
At the same time, Ben started making his name on the London live music scene, playing residencies and many gigs around London and the UK. Recording sessions have seen him working with many industry names, such as Arni Hjovar (The Vaccines) and Gil Cang (Michael Jackson, Baz Luhrmann, Rhianna), whilst live experience and has taken him on tours internationally. He currently works with the artist Peter Conway, whom he has just finished recording an album with, who has his compositional roots in Americana Rock music, and through this project, played at the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square for the 2012 Presedential Election alongside other artists such as James McCartney, Russell Watson and Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze). When he can, Ben also plays in funk and soul bands, which has led to him playing on radio sessions with renowned saxophonist James Morton. The Beatles have always been Ben’s favourite band, with Ringo being a particularly influential drummer, and it is an honour for him to represent them in the West End!
Favourite Beatles Song: ‘Yesterday’.
JT Curtis was actually born on John Lennon’s birthday. He has been playing guitar since he was 8 years old, and his formidable fretwork has been compared to the likes of Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, and of course, George Harrison. He has performed with several Beatles tribute acts from Los Angeles to New York, where he made his Broadway performance debut in LET IT BE. JT’s first album with 7th Sun, From the Beginning, which he produced himself, was nominated Best Independent CD by South Bay Music Awards. His latest original single, Shake it Off / No Room to Move, was released in December 2013. He is currently finishing a new album of original music, which will be released this year. His YouTube series, One Man Band, features JT covering classic rock songs as he sings all the vocals and plays all the instruments. The series includes a captivating performance of The Beatles classic, Come Together. JT has also written and produced music for CBS, ABC, Fox, The Super Bowl and for the NCAA’s March Madness. JT is thrilled to reunite with his Broadway cast mates for the LET IT BE tour. www.jtcurtismusic.com
Favourtie Beatles Song: While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Ryan Alex Farmery
Training: Ryan studied music and recoding at the University of Salford.
Theatre includes: Over the last three years, Ryan has been the musical director of the Thriller Live international tour (opening the show in South Africa, China, Singapore and Abu Dhabi), plus several European and UK tours. In that time he has conducted and performed the show from three chairs – keys 1, guitar 1, and also keys 2/guitars 2. West end: Keyboards on Priscilla Queen of the Desert, guitar/mandolin/drums on Jersey Boys, MD/keys 2/guitar2 on Thriller Live and guitar 1 on Thriller Live.
Other deputy shows: guitar 1 on Rent (Bridewell) and piano on Mack and Mabel (Catford Studio).
Favourite beatles song: ‘All You Need Is Love’.
Cooper Franson began his career as a happy accident when in 2004 (while training to become a dental assistant)
he was ‘discovered’ by producers of The Star Search Revival. He declined the initial offer to audition and perform on the show in favor of a position as a music supervisor. Unfortunately, the show lasted only 7 episodes, but it was this initial spark that started his love of performing. Offers began to come in, and from 2008-2011 he performed to rave reviews as part of the Off-Broadway hit Vanilla, No Ice by playwright and composer Samantha Keen, as well as the role of bass playing vocalist Carlo Cannoli in the smash Tony & Tina’s Wedding. Having grown up around all kinds of classic music, he is proud to be touring as a part of the incredible “Let It Be”.
Michael grew up in Woking and knew he wanted to be a musician from a very early age. He taught himself to play the guitar by age 7 and formed his first band at 13. As a life-long Beatles fan and aficionado, Michael contributed his knowledge and his own personal collection of Beatles instruments and equipment to the Beatles Gear book and toured the UK with the author promoting the book.
Performances include: Michael has spent 15 years perfecting his performance as a Beatle on some of the world’s biggest stages: from Liverpool’s Cavern Club to the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan and on television all over the world. He also starred in an Abbey Road-style television commercial for Hyundai, aired all over South East Asia. He has performed by personal request for Mick Avery (The Kinks) and at an intimate party at Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher’s house.
Recordings include: Michael is an accomplished singer/songwriter. He was signed to Sony music label in 2000 and went on to release three original albums under the name The Sails. His own music reflects the retro rock and psychedelic influences of his favourite bands: The Beatles, The Who and fellow Woking man Paul Weller (The Jam). The Sails’ albums have received critical acclaim with 5-star reviews from Mojo Magazine, iTunes, The Sunday Times and the Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham. In 2011 the Sails’ single ‘I’m Only Bleeding’ was voted by listeners of USA radio as ‘the coolest song of the year’, with a further nomination for ‘Liar’ the following year.
Favourite Beatles song: ‘Penny Lane’.
John Lennon has been a firm staple of Reuven’s working life for some time now having played him in various shows and bands, TV and films since 2009.
The most prestigious of these has of course been Let It Be which he has been involved with since it first opened at The Prince of Wales Theatre in London in 2012. He stayed with the show through its transfer to The Savoy theatre and performed with it during its stint at the St James Theatre, New York. Other trips abroad with the show followed in Canada, The US, Singapore and Amsterdam. Not forgetting a tour of the UK’s No 1 theatres last year.
Other Beatle outfits Reuven has performed with include Classical History Tour (US), Beatlemania (UK) and The Bootleg Beatles (UK).
Before his John Lennon adventures Reuven could be seen in many a Rock and Roll musical or play, the most notable of these is; Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story (Buddy and Ritchie Valens) – Strand Theatre London; Over The Rainbow – The Eva Cassidy Story (UK tour); and Bob The Builder LIVE! (Lofty) – UK and Australian Tour.
One thing he has never done however is play a season at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool and debuting here in Let It Be is an obvious real thrill. Enjoy!
Training: Iain Hornal is a singer-songwriter and session musician. He read philosophy at King’s College London during which he performed various times at The Greenwood Theatre as Arvide in Guys and Dolls, Roger in Grease, Gangster no1 in Kiss Me Kate and as musical director for Into The Woods. Another extra-curricular experience at this time was something of a training ground for his current role – schooled and encouraged by long-term Lennon soundalike Martin Reynolds, he had a stint performing with ‘Beatlestributeband.co.uk’ and ‘The Fab 2’, for which he would like to thank Martin.
Performances include: session work for The Feeling, supports slots at Hammersmith Apollo and Birmingham NEC with Nelly Furtado, and a tour culminating with a show at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire with rockabilly outfit Sinead and The Dawnbreakers. Iain is also a founder member and co-manager of some of the UK’s best loved function/party bands including The Bright Sparks and The 101s. His songwriting credits include: Sophie Ellis-Bextor and The Feeling.
A life-long Beatles fan, and particularly taken by the songwriting and production ethos present on albums such as Revolver and Abbey Road, The Fab Four’s influence is apparent in his own work. Iain is currently recording new material with Hertfordshire-based collective The Hornal Family, visit his website for updates and release dates.
Favourite Beatles song: ‘The Long and Winding Road’.
Peter John Jackson
Receiving his first guitar at the tender age of 6, Peter Has been playing, singing and performing ever since. Growing up, he played “concerts” to entertain his relatives at family parties, then in his teens he Performed with various bands until eventually signing his first record deal in 2006. After three years of recording and touring the UK and Europe, Peter Decided to move into theatre and pursue his dream of performing in the West End – his ambition ever since he saw the musical Buddy as a child. In 2009, Peter was invited to join the cast of Rockin ‘on Heaven’s Door as 50’s rocker Eddie Cochran; since then Peter Has Performed in a number of shows until finally landing his dream job in Let It Be.
Theatre includes: Eddie Cochran in Rockin ‘on Heaven’s Door (UK & European Tour), Eddie Cochran in Rock’n’Roll Paradise (UK tour); Johnny Cash in Roy Orbison & Friends (UK tour); Johnny Cash, Eddie Cochran & Phil Everly in The Ed Sullivan Caravan of Stars (North American tour), Eddie Cochran & Phil Everly in The Class Of 59 (North American tour), Paul McCartney with The Complete Beatles.
Peter is a lifelong Beatles fan and is Honoured to be part of the company of Let It Be.
Favourite Beatles Song: I am The Walrus
Training: Paul is from Liverpool and studied music theory at Liverpool Community College.
Theatre includes: George Harrison in The Royal Court Liverpool’s production of Lennon, a musical telling the story of John Lennon’s life. He has also appeared as an actor/musician in Soho Story, The Pied Piper and Soul Survivor for Kaboodle Theatre Company touring Britain and Europe. Paul has been an Orchestra Pit Musician for many productions at: The Royal Court (Liverpool),Oldham Coliseum, Bolton Octagon, The Young Vic(London).
Performances include: playing and writing songs for many original bands, including tours with Elvis Costello and Blondie. He has toured the world with renowned Beatles tribute band The Backbeat Beatles and is also an experienced session guitarist.
Recordings: Paul has composed music for short films and theatre productions. He has his own band called The Word and is currently working on an album of his own material.
Favourite Beatles Song: ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’.
Originally from Madison, WI, and now living in NYC, Chris has has had the opportunity to perform with Let It Be on Broadway when it played a summer run in 2013. Chris has toured as a drummer and multi-instrumentalist all over North America, Europe and Japan with numerous acts, while continuing to gig and record in New York. He also earned his MFA from A.C.T and has acted in productions Off-Broadway and in several regional theatres across the country, including the Guthrie, Cleveland Play House and American Conservatory Theater.
Training: After achieving a first class BA (Hons) degree from The Academy of Contemporary Music, Luke moved to London in 2008 to pursue his career as a session musician.
Performances include: Luke has performed with pop artists including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Kevin Rowland and Sinead Quinn. This has resulted in live TV appearances, radio airplay, performing at prestigious venues including Kew Gardens (supporting Bryan Ferry) and at recognised music festivals in the UK and across Europe.
Luke also performs with Bronze Medallists, an originals band, who have achieved positive acclaim in Record of the Day with airplay on Radio 1 & 2. They most recently supported The Feeling on their UK tour performing at many notable venues across the country.
Recently he has been composing and producing tracks for TV commercials including Mandarin Oriental and Standard Chartered.
Theatre includes: Luke has performed in a variety of musical productions including Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd and West Side Story. He is excited and honoured to be performing in Let It Be. The show marks his West End debut.
Luke would like to say a special thank you to Zildjian cymbals for their continued support.
Favourite Beatles Song: ‘Come Together’.
Daniel A Weiss
Daniel A Weiss is a New York City based musician, most recently seen music directing and arranging for a sold out performance of West End Recast in London, a concert featuring many of the West End’s finest singers. He was the Music Supervisor, orchestrator and musical director for Anthony Rapp’s one-man show, Without You (Edinburgh Fringe, Menier Chocolate Factory, South Korea, Toronto). His most recent composing credits include original music for the show, Happily After Tonight by Mateo Moreno and Dedalus Lounge by Gary Duggan (co-written with Anthony Rapp).
Daniel was the assistant musical director and associate conductor for the original Broadway company of RENT. He has a multitude of Broadway credits for both conducting and/or performing, including Let It Be, Motown The Musical, Godspell, Hair, Taboo, Hairspray and Brooklyn. Daniel also appears on many soundtracks including RENT, Taboo, Brooklyn and Without You, and has toured with artists including Joan Osborne, Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Daphne Rubin Vega, Valerie Carter, Jeffrey Gaines, Neshama Carlebach and Cassidy (Antigone Rising).
Recent Discography: Without You (soundtrack), Wool&Grant, Ina May Wool, Katrin Roush, Rachel Millman, Denise Marsa, Elisa Korenne, Bri Reitano, Jill Stevenson, Andrew Cohen, Rebecca Everett, Roman Klun, Rachel Bay Jones, Bryce Ryness, Jenna Marotta, Martin Rivas, Fred Arcoleo, James Durst, Vicki Genfan, Brooklyn Women’s Choir, indie film Camp, Starcraft II by Blizzard Software
Favorite Beatles Song: She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
Stuart has been a professional musician for over fifteen years. He started playing drums and guitar aged sixteen, then a few years later he co-founded the successful but short-lived pop-punk band the ‘DumDums’. The band released ‘It Goes Without Saying’ on Telstar records and toured extensively in support of the album, performing on many television and radio shows and appearing with the likes of Paul Weller, Robbie Williams and Bon Jovi (Wembley Stadium).
Since then he has toured and recorded with a number of artists all over the UK, Europe and America including Girls Aloud (‘Love Machine’), Andy Burrows, Ilan Eshkeri, Lissie and David Brent and the Foregone Conclusion. During a two year touring stint as drum tech and live keyboard player for Brit band Razorlight, Stuart formed a very close friendship with then band member Andy Burrows and has been playing drums with him in his many solo projects ever since.
In 2014 Stuart played drums and tuned percussion for the Channel 4 ‘Snowman and The Snow Dog’ live music to picture shows at the Union Chapel which then led to him being the drummer, guitarist and mandolin player on the soundtrack for the most recent ‘Shaun the sheep’ movie. Currently Stuart plays lead guitar in Ricky Gervais’ band ‘Forgone Conclusion’ and has just finished recording the soundtrack and filming his role in the upcoming feature film ‘Life on The Road’ due out in August 2016.
Stuart’s favourite Beatles ‘song’ is tracks 9-16 on side B of the Abbey Road LP, that counts as one song right?