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Unheard Lennon songs in musical
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
John Lennon was killed in 1980
Two previously unreleased songs by John Lennon are to feature in a Broadway musical about the ex-Beatle's life.

Lennon's widow Yoko Ono has given writer and director Don Scardino permission to use the songs India, India and I Don't Want to Lose You.

Scardino said: "We will tell the story of John Lennon's life using Lennon's own words and songs."

Lennon was killed exactly 24 years ago outside his New York apartment after being shot by Mark Chapman.


The musical will make its Broadway debut at the Broadhurst Theatre, New York, on 7 July 2005.

"Our ensemble of 10 extraordinary and diverse performers and a 10-piece onstage band will guide the audience through Lennon's life and the eras he shaped," said Scardino.

India, India was written during the Beatles' visit to India in 1968 while I Don't Want to Lose You was provided by Yoko Ono to complete The Beatles Anthology in 1990, but an electronic glitch made it impossible to include the song.

Prior to being on Broadway the musical will have its world premiere in San Francisco on 12 April.

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