“A deeply felt reflection of the man. Savour every minute” – NEW YORK TIMES
“Lennon’s spirit shines through” – New York Post
Lennon: Through a Glass Onion is back in Australia following their sensational 16 week season in New York. The internationally acclaimed theatrical event celebrating the genius, music and phenomenon of John Lennon which we know and loved as LOOKING THROUGH A GLASS ONION was re-produced and rebranded for its Off-Broadway debut at the Union Square Theatre.
Created and performed by renowned Australian actor/musician John Waters and esteemed singer/pianist Stewart D’Arrietta, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion , part concert and part biography, reveals the essence of the life and astonishing talent of one of the most admired icons of the past century with a story and 31 songs including “Imagine,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Revolution,” “Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds,” “All You Need is Love,” “Come Together,” “Help,” “Working Class Hero,” “Mother,” “Jealous Guy,” and more.
“It was truly an emotional experience seeing Lennon: Through a Glass Onion in New York at its American premiere” said producer Harley Medcalf. “We were overwhelmed, blessed really, to have the support of Yoko Ono and the Lennon Estate. As Charles Waterstreet (Fairfax) said, “We should get out the streamers and confetti to shower D’Arrietta and Waters in an open limousine to the steps of our town halls””. The show will return to the US following the Australian tour in April/May.
John Waters added “To be embraced by New Yorkers as we were from October to January, this was a great reward for all of us who worked so hard to get our show there, at the Union Theatre. It truly felt as though Glass Onion had in fact given the city what it needed, to reconcile their own sense of loss of a much loved ‘son’, as John Lennon came to be. Night after night, our audiences stood to acknowledge us, and it doesn’t get much better than that.”
In 1992, twelve years after Lennon’s death, Waters and D’Arrietta first conceived and performed Lennon: Through a Glass Onion on a small stage at the Tilbury Hotel in Sydney. The show was an instant success. In the years that followed, Waters and D’Arrietta toured the show and played sold out engagements at venues including The Sydney Opera House. The show performed a three-month engagement in London’s West End.
“Its been fantastic the response the show is receiving, especially from the younger audiences that are coming along, some of whom were not even born when Lennon and The Beatles were recording and releasing their music. It’s a testament to the legacy of the man and his music that still excites and intrigues people to this day” says Waters.
“It never ceases to amaze us how many people still request to see the show, even after our last lengthy tour, we’re constantly getting emails and messages asking when is the show coming back, so its great that the demand and interest is always there”, says Waters.
“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”, agrees D’Arrietta with Waters.
For the audience this is either an emotional trip down memory lane or a wonderful introduction to the life and times of one of the most fascinating icons of our time.
LENNON THROUGH A GLASS ONION appeared at the EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL in August 2016.
WHAT THE CRITICS HAVE SAID…..
“Lennon’s spirit shine through on “Glass Onion”” – NEW YORK POST
“D’ARIETTA is a powerful pianist with strong beats for a Honky Tonk” – CURTIN UP NEW YORK
“His credible take on Lennon’s Liverpudlian dialect is top notch, meritoriously channeling the singer/songwriter’s acerbic wit and rebel yell moxie over the course of the 90 minute one act concert monologue”. – EDGE NEWORK NEW YORK
“a remarkable celebration of a unique talent… Waters does it brilliantly” – THE SPECTATOR, LONDON
“John Waters encapsulate the essence of Lennon.” – CAPITAL RADIO, LONDON
“The humour, the pace, the crisp intercuts of light and sound, the emotional texture of music and narrative, and the insights add up to a stirring celebration of genius.” – SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
“Part bio, part great concert, totally excellent.” – THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
“Angry, wired and wiry…..a powerfully recalled lament.” – LONDON GUARDIAN
Friday September 7 2018 – Karralyka Theatre – RINGWOOD, VIC
http://www.karralyka.com.au | (03) 9870 2888
Saturday September 8 2018 – Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre – WANGARATTA, VIC
http://www.wangarattapac.com.au | (03) 5722 8105
Friday September 21 2018 – Theatre Royal – HOBART, TAS
http://www.theatreroyal.com.au | (03) 6233 2299
Saturday September 22 2018 – Devonport Entertainment & Convention Centre – DEVONPORT, TAS
http://www.decc.net.au | (03) 6420 2900
Sunday September 23 2018 – Launceston Country Club – LAUNCESTON, TAS
http://www.ticketmaster.com.au | 13 28 49
Friday September 28 2018 – Blue Mountains Theatre – SPRINGWOOD, NSW
http://www.bluemountainstheatre.com | (02) 4723 5050
Saturday September 29 2018 – Sutherland Entertainment Centre – SUTHERLAND, NSW
http://www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/Community/Entertainment-Centre | (02) 9521 8888
Friday October 5 2018 – Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre – WAGGA WAGGA, NSW
http://www.civictheatre.com.au | (02) 6926 9688
Thursday October 11 2018 – Geelong Performing Arts Centre – GEELONG, VIC
http://www.gpac.org.au | (03) 5225 1200
Friday October 12 2018 – Geelong Performing Arts Centre – GEELONG, VIC
http://www.gpac.org.au | (03) 5225 1200
Saturday October 13 2018 – Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre – WONTHAGGI, VIC
Book in person at The Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club or phone (03) 5672 1083
Friday October 19 2018 – Prince of Wales Opera House – GULGONG, NSW
In Person: Mudgee Visitor Information Centre or Gulgong Post Office Online: http://www.oztix.com.au
Saturday October 20 2018 – Cessnock Performing Arts Centre – CESSNOCK, NSW
http://www.cessnockperformingartscentre.com.au | (02) 4993 4266
Friday October 26 2018 – Heritage Bank Auditorium – TOOWOOMBA, QLD
http://www.empiretheatre.com.au | 1300 655 299
Saturday October 27 2018 – Brolga Theatre – MARYBOROUGH, QLD
http://www.ourfrasercoast.com.au/brolga-theatre | (07) 4122 6060
Friday November 9 2018 – Redland Performing Arts Centre – REDLAND, QLD
http://www.rpac.com.au | (07) 3829 8131
Saturday November 10 2018 – The Events Centre – CALOUNDRA, QLD
http://www.theeventscentre.com.au | (07) 5491 4240