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  • Date:
    August 14, 2005

    Written by: Book by Don Scardino, music and lyrics by John Lennon.
    Directed by: Don Scardino.
    Cast: Will Chase, Chuck Cooper, Julie Danao, Mandy Gonzalez, Marcy Harriell, Chad Kimball, Terrence Mann, Julia Murney, and Michael Potts
    Synopsis: This is more than a biography. This is the story of how one man's life defined the times and the socio-political struggle that overtook our world. This is the story of Lennon.


    What the critics had to say.....

    BEN BRANTLEY of the NEW YORK TIMES says “A fierce primal scream - of the kind Ms. Ono is famous for as a performance and recording artist - is surely the healthiest response to the agony of "Lennon," the jerry-built musical shrine.”
    HOWARD KISSEL of NEW YORK DAILY NEWS says "...not only adds nothing to your appreciation or understanding of John Lennon. If anything, its listless presentation of the events of his life will diminish your sense of who he was."
    CLIVE BARNES of NEW YORK POST says "It suffers from a concept and book by the show's director, Don Scardino, that is so shaky it can scarcely stagger from one side of the stage to the other."
    ELYSA GARDNER of USA TODAY says "There are, thankfully, a number of playful flourishes in Lennon— including a joking reference to Ono's, um, controversial singing voice — along with genuinely moving moments. But when you imagine all the people whom Lennon's songs and spirit touched, you can't help but wish him better."
    MICHAEL SOMMERS of the STAR-LEDGER says "A show that never manages to catch fire despite its potent material, "Lennon" proves to be neither a successful exercise in Baby Boomer nostalgia nor a probing look at a legend."
    LINDA WINER of NEWSDAY says "This is John Lennon, the legend, as filtered through the protective, selective, up-with-people, later-life self-interest of Yoko Ono Lennon. "
    JACQUES LE SOURD of JOURNAL NEWS says "According to Scardino, the show means to evoke "an evening, a concert, a real experience, of John Lennon, the man, the musician, the artist." What it really evokes is another kind of '60s experience: a bad drug trip."
    MICHAEL KUCHWARA of the ASSOCIATED PRESS says "What seems to be missing, though, is the man himself — and any sense of theatricality."
    FRANK SCHECK Of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER says "Neither the disaster it's been rumored to be nor the triumph for which its creators undoubtedly hoped."

    External links to full reviews from newspapers:
    New York Times
    New York Daily News
    New York Post
    USA Today
    Star-Ledger
    Newsday
    Journal News
    Associated Press
    Hollywood Reporter