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  • Produced by Clear Channel Entertainment.
  • Written and directed by Don Scardino.
  • Created and influenced by Yoko Ono.
  • 10-piece band played 27 Lennon songs on stage throughout the musical.

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Show Dates:
August 14, 2005- September 24, 2005

Location:
Broadhurst Theatre
235 W 44th St
New York, New York 10036
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The Life of John Lennon Played Out on Stage in Lennon the Broadway Musical at Broadhurst Theatre in New York

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Features:  Lennon the Broadway musical was a biographical musical and celebration of rock and roll icon, John Lennon's life, portraying him through multiple actors, each depicting various stages of his life.  The musical was produced by Clear Channel Entertainment, directed by Don Scardino and included over 27 of John Lennons songs.  Lennon on Broadway recieved mixed reviews, but several negative reviews were based on the fact that John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono helped create this broadway musical and many viewers found her to be the leading subject matter over some of the other important aspects of John's life.  The John Lennon Broadway production had a short-lived run in New York from August-September of 2005.

Why We Go:  Fans of John Lennon and his music would appreciate the various audio and visual projections of Lennon's own words used to depict his life on stage. Music was a large part of John's life and that was made clear in Lennon the Broadway musical.

  • John Lennon's Music: Over 27 of John Lennon's original songs helped tell the story of his life in Lennon on Broadway, with a 10-piece band on stage. Two un-published songs were also included in the Lennon Broadway musical, called "India, India" and "I Don't Want to Lose You."
  • Celebrity Appearances: Famous characters besides John Lennon who made brief appearances in the John Lennon Broadway musical are Beatles band-mates Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, as well as Ed Sulivan and Elton John.  
  • Full-Life Depiction: Lennon the Broadway Musical portrayed Lennon's life from early childhood through his anti-war activism years, his love with Yoko Ono and the day his life ended in New York City at the Dakota. Audiences were given a visual performance of the progression of John Lennon from the prospective of the creators of this broadway musical.

Inside Knowledge: Many reviewers of the Lennon Broadway musical had issues with the lack of mention of the Beatles as a band.  Many fans of John Lennon are fans because of his music, and some audiences felt there wasn't enough focus on the impact the Beatles had on John's life or respect paid to the other members of the band in this production.

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Expect a Skewed Depiction: Since Yoko Ono, John Lennon's widow created this storyline of John's life with many people who didn't personally know him, many of the events and pieces of this puzzle reflected her vision of John and a combined prospective of his life. 
  • Do Enjoy Lennon's Words: The John Lennon Broadway musical encorporated real interviews of John Lennon, song lyrics he wrote and projected images of John himself, allowing his personal words to tell the story on stage.  This gave audience members a personal connection to John, hearing his voice and seeing images of him, not just actors playing him.
  • Don't Lose Track of John: With different actors playing the character of John Lennon throughout the play, keeping track of the timeline of his life could be a bit confusing, so be aware of this pre-show.
  • Don't Expect Beatles Songs: Only one song featuring fellow Beatles band member, Paul McCartney, "The Ballad of John and Yoko" was featured in the John Lennon Broadway production. The rest of the songs in the Lennon musical were solely John Lennon's.




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