New Musical Lennon Skips Boston, Arrives on Broadway Early

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The Broadway-bound musical Lennon will skip its scheduled Boston run following its world premiere at San Francisco's Orpheum Theatre and head right to New York.

Will Chase in Lennon
Will Chase in Lennon Photo by Joan Marcus

Written and directed by Don Scardino (A Few Good Men), the new musical about the legendary music star plays in California through May 14 and now head Broadway's Broadhurst to begin previews June 28 and still open July 28. The scrapped stint at Boston's Colonial Theatre was slated for May 31-June 25.

"After an enthusiastic response from theatregoers in San Francisco, we have learned a lot about our show," producer Allan McKeown said in a released statement. "We made the decision today to forego our Boston engagement and will instead return to the rehearsal room in New York with our cast and creative team to make the changes that will be beneficial to our show. We look forward to arriving on Broadway with a show that we believe will live up to the legend of John Lennon."

The musical features nine actors portraying the late Beatles singer-songwriter John Lennon at various stages in his life backed by an onstage 10-piece band. 27 songs from the substantial Lennon oeuvre will be featured in the musical, among them "Imagine," "Instant Karma," "Give Peace a Chance," "(Just Like) Starting Over," and "Whatever Gets You Through the Night."

Will Chase (Aida), Chuck Cooper (Caroline, or Change), Julie Danao (Rent, Aida tours), 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.

Producers Allan McKeown, Edgar Lansbury, Clear Channel Entertainment and Jeff Sine present Lennon by arrangement with Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono. Ono also gave permission for the production to use three unpublished Lennon songs "India, India," "I Don't Want to Lose You" and "Cookin' (In the Kitchen of Love)." Harold Wheeler provides orchestrations for the musical while Lon Hoyt serves as music supervisor and Joe Malone handles choreography. The design team of Lennon includes John Arnone (scenic/projection), Jane Greenwood (costumes), Natasha Katz (lighting) and Bobby Aitken (sound).

For more information and an exclusive interview with Yoko Ono, visit www.lennonthemusical.com.

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