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Delayed Lennon show hits Broadway
The cast of Lennon

A musical about ex-Beatle John Lennon is making its Broadway debut after being delayed by poor reviews.

Based on Lennon's songs and interviews, the show entitled Lennon is billed as "a musical biography, a concert and a celebration all in one".

Director Don Scardino re-wrote part of the show after its San Francisco debut earned disappointing reviews in April.

Lennon was performed at New York's Broadhurst Theatre on Saturday ahead of Sunday's official opening night.

Songs with anecdotes

The show depicts Lennon at various stages in his life and casts a black actor as Sir Paul McCartney.

It features 28 Lennon songs, including two unpublished tracks - India, India and I Don't Want To Lose You.

The musical was originally performed as a series of songs punctuated by anecdotes, with each of the nine cast members taking it in turns to play the role of Lennon.

The latest version of the show has one actor as the main "Lennon" narrating the story of his life, from his childhood in Liverpool to his 1980 assassination in New York.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1980
All the songs are sung so well, and the show is so funny
Yoko Ono
Its opening having been delayed by 10 days, the story now places greater emphasis on the Beatles and Lennon's first wife Cynthia and less on his widow, performance artist Yoko Ono.

Ono, who controls the rights to Lennon's songs, said: "The whole musical is all in John's words."

"It is definitely John's story - from Liverpool 1940 to New York 1980. I am the B-side, and that's how it should be," she added.

"All the songs are sung so well, and the show is so funny, I keep laughing until that moment of John's passing," she said.

"Of course, that's when people start crying. I can't help getting choked up, too."

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