Reviewed in NOT BORN YESTERDAY, July issue.
If you were ever a Beatles fan you must not miss this glorious tribute to their most enigmatic member. If you did not know them, here’s a worthy introduction by musician and actor, Tim Piper. He channels John Lennon, another of the heroes who stood up for love and brotherhood in the 1960’s and were shot down. The show intertwines Lennon’s songs (many with Paul McCartney) with the stories behind them to create a unique and electrifying multimedia concert experience.
It’s about Lennon’s life and how the losses of his life shaped him and inspired his songs. About the unbelievable success and how he ran with it – devoured it – loved it – then hated it. Here is a glimpse into the heart of a man who had a gift that he lost, then found again, moments before the end.
In my favorite segment he comes into the audience, guitar in hand and draws us in to sing with him. No backup – just a man we know so well, sharing, chatting, teasing us face to face. And we almost believe!
Sensitively written by Piper and Steve Altman, who directs with respect and honesty; and powerfully backed by rock band Working Class Hero - musical director Greg Piper on bass; Don Butler on guitar, Morley Bartnoff on keyboards and Don Poncher on drums. Sound by Casey Piper and lighting and Paul Gentry are dynamite.
“Just Imagine” is at the historic Hayworth Theatre, 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, through August 25. For tickets: (323) 960-4442 or www.plays411.com/justimagine.