John Power is set to play John Lennon in a musical about the late Beatles legend in Liverpool.
Power – guitarist in the La’s and singer in Cast – will make his theatrical debut in Rob Eaton’s musical Lennon at the Royal Court Liverpool. The show follows Lennon’s life from his childhood with his aunt Mimi through to his later life in New York with Yoko Ono. Power will play the role of the older Lennon – who acts as the show’s narrator. Having grown up in the now-iconic Penny Lane, Power went to the same schools as Lennon (Dovedale and Quarry Bank).
As many as 40 tracks from Lennon and McCartney’s back catalogue appear in the show including ‘All You Need Is Love’, ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’, ‘In My Life’, ‘Hard Days Night’ and ‘Imagine’.
Yesterday, Yoko Ono tweeted the picture of the glasses Lennon was wearing when he was shot dead by Mark Chapman 33 years ago with the words: “Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980.” The debate over the right to bear arms in America has been reignited in recent months following the tragedies at Sandy Hook and Aurora. The tweets coincided with what would have been the 44th anniversary of Ono’s marriage to Lennon.