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Slated Lennon show to close early
Will Chase and Julie Danao-Salkin in Lennon
Will Chase plays Lennon alongside Julie Danao-Salkin as Yoko Ono
A Broadway musical about former Beatle John Lennon is to close just six weeks after it opened to poor reviews.

Its producers said the show - which opened on 14 August at New York's Broadhurst Theatre - would play its final performance on 24 September.

Created with the help of Lennon's widow Yoko Ono, the musical had a troubled history that included major rewrites and a postponed opening night.

Last week the show played to less than 40% of the theatre's capacity.

Written and directed by Don Scardino, Lennon had been criticised for what the New York Times called its "Ono-centric" view of its subject's life.

"This is John Lennon as filtered through the protective, selective, later-life self-interest of Yoko Ono Lennon," wrote Newsday's critic.

The New York Post, meanwhile, said the show was "so shaky it can scarcely stagger from one side of the stage to another".


One of the show's conceits is to have the entire nine-person cast impersonate the title character during various points of the show.

But the device found little favour with the New York Times. "Instead of making Lennon seem multi-faceted, it turns him into a one-size-fits-all alter-ego," it wrote.

The musical opened in San Francisco in April to disappointing reviews, leading a second engagement in Boston to be cancelled.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1980
John Lennon and Yoko Ono lived in New York

Subsequent reports that British director David Leveaux had been brought in to replace Scardino were denied by producer Allan McKeown.

Based on Lennon's songs and interviews, the show depicted the music icon at various stages in his life and cast 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It features 28 Lennon songs, including two unpublished tracks - India, India and I Don't Want To Lose You.

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