John Lennon is the center of focus in a new-again part concert and part biography show in off-Broadway’s Union Square Theatre that will run for a limited time. According to New York Theatre Guide, the show, Lennon: Through A Glass Onion, is the work of Australian actor and musician John R. Waters and singer and pianist Stewart D’Arrietta. Officially opening on October 15, 2014, the show about John Lennon will run until February 22, 2015. John Lennon was the victim of a shooting by a crazed fan outside of his New York apartment on December 8, 1980, 12 years before the first showing of Lennon: Through A Glass Onion.
Waters explained in a statement how he wanted to portray Lennon in the show in order to avoid a typical biographical depiction of the late icon.
“Rather than impersonate, I want to evoke Lennon’s honesty, bitter-sweet humor, self-criticism and disdain for pomposity.”
Waters also expressed his excitement to bring the show to the U.S. by saying, “Having performed this piece in cities around the world for the last two decades, I am thrilled to make my New York debut with this show.” The show about the Beatles original is described as a concert and biography that will reveal “the essence of the life and astonishing talent” of John Lennon. As many as 31 songs by Lennon and Lennon and Paul McCartney will be included in the show, including: “A Day In The Life,” “All You Need is Love,” “Mother,” “Jealous Guy,” “Imagine,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Revolution,” “Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds,” “Help,” “Working Class Hero,” and “Come Together.” The limited 20-week show was first brought to life at the Tilbury Hotel in Sydney, Australia back in 1992, according to Deadline. The show has been toured in various venues throughout Australia, including the Sydney Opera House. London’s West End also saw a three-month stint of the John Lennon bio-concert.
[Images via Deadline and Adelaide Festival Centre]