Lennon Through A Glass Onion was on stage at the Isabel Bader Theatre on Friday October 28th and Saturday October 29th. Seeing as it was just a few days before Hallowe'en I didn't think it was unreasonable to expect some fans to show up in costume. Either the other Beatles ... or maybe even a Yoko or two. No such luck.
As far as I'm concerned they weren't the only things that were missing. There were no programs. In some cases there weren't even proper tickets. People were wandering around the theatre with scraps of yellow paper with seat numbers written on them. At one point there was confusion about who belonged to the seats front row center.
Once the performance was fully underway with a version of the Beatles A Day In The Life song a few questions remained. First - How could this man pretending to be John Lennon possibly perform while chewing gum? I have been taking concert photographs for some time now and have NEVER seen a singer chewing gum on stage. I hope he got a fresh stick of gum at intermission.
Second - Was I the only one that desperately wanted more visuals? Like maybe a projection of a time line to be properly located within John Lennon's version of events. Or maybe a slideshow of images of John Lennon with the Beatles, then with Yoko. Or maybe even some music video footage. I needed the visual of something other than a gum chewing John Lennon look alike.
Finally - I guess it shouldn't have come as a complete shock that there wasn't any merchandise streaming into the theatre after intermission. The image of John Lennon used to promote this production would have been great as a fridge magnet. I would have bought one.
Imagine, if you will, a performance with programs and printed tickets for everyone, a non-gum chewing John Lennon look alike, additional visual components and maybe even some merchandise. For now that's all I can do ...