A tribute celebrating the genius, music and phenomenon of John Lennon, will be performed in Mandurah this September.
Lennon – Through a Glass Onion will return to Western Australia for a limited season, including a show at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on September 13.
Created and performed by renowned Australian actor, musician John Waters and esteemed singer, pianist Stewart D’Arrietta, Lennon – Through a Glass Onion is part concert and part biography, revealing the essence of the life and astonishing talent of John Lennon.
The show features 31 iconic hits of Lennon and his collaborations with McCartney including Imagine, Strawberry Fields Forever, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, and Jealous Guy.
The ultimate goal for Waters and D’Arrietta was to take their show to New York – and they did in 2015.
Lead Producer Harley Medcalf said the team enjoyed the experience.
“It was truly an emotional experience seeing Lennon - Through a Glass Onion in New York at its American premiere,” he said.
It’s a testament to the legacy of the man and his music that still excites and intrigues people to this day.Stewart D’Arrietta
“We were overwhelmed, blessed really, to have the support of Yoko Ono and the Lennon Estate.”
Waters said the group received a standing ovation, night after night.
“It doesn't get much better than that,” he said.
“To be embraced by New Yorkers as we were, it was a great reward for all of us who worked so hard to get our show there.”
Waters said honoruing Lennon’s legacy was the main goal of the production.
“It’s been fantastic, the response the show has received, especially from the younger audiences that come along, some of whom were not even born when Lennon and The Beatles were recording and releasing their music,” he said.
“It’s a testament to the legacy of the man and his music that still excites and intrigues people to this day.”
D’Arrietta said the song, Glass Onion, was John Lennon’s postscript to The Beatles.
“It had such a strong image of crystal ball-gazing and peeling away the layers that it inspired the format for this show – a kaleidoscope collage of song, word, emotion and image,” he said.