Lennon opens at the Broadhurst Theatre Aug. 4 for the new bio-musical's Broadway debut starring nine actors who play the legendary singer-songwriter and one-time Beatle. Performances began July 7.
The bus will offer tours these days and times:
Friday, July 29: Broadhurst Theatre 3-8 PM The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is "a non-profit, mobile recording and multimedia studio outfitted with traditional musical instruments as well as the latest technology including Apple audio and video solutions." The Bus — which has teamed with Yoko Ono, John Legend, Black Eyed Peas, Mos Def, Tim McGraw, and more — encourages students to play music, write songs, engineer recording sessions and produce music video projects as "an active legacy of John and his vision." For more info, visit www.jlsc.com/bus.
Written and directed by Don Scardino (A Few Good Men) from Lennon's own words in interviews, songs and otherwise, Lennon features a diverse ensemble of nine actors slipping in and out of the clothes of John Lennon at various stages in his life backed by an onstage 10-piece band.
Billed as "a musical biography, a concert, and a celebration all in one," the ensemble replay Lennon's life from his childhood and Beatles days through his anti-war activism to his love story with Yoko Ono to the fateful day at the Dakota in New York. Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Pete Best, Stuart Sutcliffe, Ed Sullivan, J. Edgar Hoover, Mike Douglas, Elton John and even the Queen mum make appearances as characters in the show.
Will Chase (Aida), Chuck Cooper (Caroline, or Change), Julie Danao Salkin (Saturday Night Fever), Mandy Gonzalez (Aida, Dance of the Vampires), Marcy Harriell (Lucky Duck, "Ed"), Chad Kimball (Into the Woods), Terrence Mann (Les Misérables), Julia Murney (The Wild Party) and Michael Potts (Twelfth Night) comprise the ensemble cast of the new Broadway musical.
For more information, visit www.lennonthemusical.com.