Onion re­veals lay­ers of Len­non

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

JOHN Wa­ters re­gards his show Len­non: Through a Glass Onion like a favourite al­bum au­di­ences like to play ev­ery once in a while.

Although the singer and ac­tor never an­tic­i­pated to be per­form­ing the pro­duc­tion, for­merly called Look­ing Through a Glass Onion, more than 20 years af­ter he and singer/pi­anist Stewart D’Ar­ri­etta cre­ated the the­atri­cal trib­ute to John Len­non, his songs and life.

Nor did he fore­see a sold-out sea­son of 122 off-Broad­way per­for­mances in New York from Novem­ber last year that re­ceived a 2015 An­nual Drama Desk Awards nom­i­na­tion and the bless­ing of Yoko Ono and the Len­non Es­tate.

“It was fab­u­lous and a vin­di­ca­tion of ev­ery­thing we’re do­ing,” Wa­ters said.

“New York­ers un­der­stood the style of our show very early on.

“It’s not a happy-clappy sing-along Bea­tles show. Some peo­ple might think it is be­fore com­ing to see it but then most, if they do think that, say they pre­fer this be­cause it’s more thought-pro­vok­ing.”

Wa­ters said the two-man, 80-minute show did change slightly be­tween each tour, but the latest ad­just­ments for Amer­i­can au­di­ences, which will re­main in Re­gal Theatre per­for­mances this week, were more about stream­lin­ing and in­cluded the re­moval of an in­ter­val.

“Stewart and I have some good mem­o­ries from our shows at Re­gal Theatre in Su­bi­aco,” he said.

“It was one of the first homes of the shows in our mind. It was very early days and we hadn’t re­ally had a big suc­cess on the road un­til we did our sea­son at Re­gal in 1993.

“We had a long sea­son and played there for four solid weeks, so pretty much sold out. It es­tab­lished us and gave us the cap­i­tal to keep on tour­ing.”

Wa­ters will con­tinue the Aus­tralian tour to Scot­land in Au­gust for the Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val.

“I am a Scot by birth. It’s my fa­ther’s na­tion­al­ity and although I was brought up in Lon­don, I feel it’s very much my her­itage tak­ing the show to Scot­land for the first time,” Wa­ters said.

“The New York sea­son has made us in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nis­able. I’ll get a chance to do the show and also spend a few days in Am­s­ter­dam catch­ing up with my son, who lives there.”

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