A deeply felt reflection of the man. Savour every minute – NEW YORK TIMES
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS
Lennon’s spirit shines through…… New York Post
It’s been 25 years since John Waters and Stewart D’Arrietta first performed LENNON – LOOKING THROUGH A GLASS ONION on the small stage at Sydney’s Tilbury Hotel. Little did they know that over an inspiring 25-year journey they would perform the show in New York and London, leaving their mark on audiences around the world.
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE – PLAYHOUSE THEATRE
From Tuesday January 31 – Sunday February 12 2017
WOLLONGONG, ANITA’S THEATRE THIRROUL
Saturday 18 February 2017 – 8pm
Lennon – Through a Glass Onion will return to Sydney for a limited season in January 2017 to celebrate this major milestone of 25 years on the road with Lennon –Through A Glass Onion.
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 and reveals the essence of the life and astonishing talent of one of the most admired icons of the past century. It’s a compelling story and features 31 iconic hits of Lennon and his collaborations with McCartney including Imagine, Strawberry Fields Forever, Revolution, Woman, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Working Class Hero, and Jealous Guy.
The ultimate goal for John and Stewart was to take their show to New York one day – and they did in 2015. “It was truly an emotional experience seeing Lennon - Through a Glass Onion in New York at its American premiere,” said lead 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”.”
John Waters added “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. 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.”
“Its 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. It’s a testament to the legacy of the man and his music that still excites and intrigues people to this day,” 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. For John and Stewart – it's a dream come true.
WHAT THE CRITICS HAVE SAID…..
Lennon’s spirit shines through - NEW YORK POST
D’ARRIETTA 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 encapsulates 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