Lennon Ends Run in San Francisco May 14; Broadway Is Next

News   Lennon Ends Run in San Francisco May 14; Broadway Is Next
Lennon, the new musical about the legendary Beatle and rock icon, will end its run at San Francisco's Orpheum Theatre on May 14.

Julie Danao and Chad Kimball in Lennon
Julie Danao and Chad Kimball in Lennon Photo by Joan Marcus

The stint turned out to be the show's only out-of-town tryout. Lennon was originally scheduled to move on to Boston, but—halfway through the San Francisco run—producers announced they would skip Beantown and head right to New York.

Lennon will land at Broadway's Broadhurst June 28 and 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 Ono also gave permission for the production to use three unpublished Lennon songs "India, India," "I Don't Want to Lose You" and "Cookin' (In the Kitchen of Love)."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.

A scene from <i>Lennon</i>
A scene from Lennon Photo by Joan Marcus
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