Australia throws its wig into the Beatles recycle bin with Lennon: Through A Glass Onion, an Oz perennial from 1992 set to arrive off-Broadway beginning October 3.
Created and performed by Australian actor/musician John R. Waters and singer/pianist Stewart D’Arrietta, Through A Glass Onion is described as “part concert and part biography,” revealing “the essence of the life and astonishing talent” of the Beatles original. Songlist includes 31 Lennon and Lennon/McCartney numbers including “A Day In The Life,” “Imagine,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Revolution,” “Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds,” “All You Need Is Love,” “Come Together,” “Help” and “Working Class Hero.” The 20-week limited engagement at the Union Square Theater officially opens October 15.
“Rather than impersonate, I want to evoke Lennon’s honesty, bitter-sweet humor, self criticism and disdain for pomposity,” says Waters in a statement promoting the run. “Having performed this piece in cities around the world for the last two decades, I am thrilled to make my New York debut with this show.”
Waters and D’Arrietta first performed Lennon: Through A Glass Onion at the Tilbury Hotel in Sydney in 1992, 12 years after Lennon’s murder outside his home in New York City. Since then, they’ve toured the show throughout Australia at venues including the Sydney Opera House. The show played a three-month engagement in London’s West End.