"Lennon," the musical about the life and music of John Lennon that earned dismal reviews, will close just six weeks after it opened on Broadway.

"Lennon," the musical about the life and music of John Lennon that earned dismal reviews, will close just six weeks after it opened on Broadway. Created with the help of the former Beatle's widow, Yoko Ono, the show had a troubled road to Broadway that involved major rewrites after it was first produced in San Francisco.

Critics slammed it for what The New York Times called its "Ono-centric" view of Lennon's life, and audiences have dwindled since its Aug. 15 opening night, falling to around 40 percent capacity in recent weeks.

The producers said in a statement "Lennon" would play its final performance Sept. 24, by which time it will have played 42 previews and 49 regular performances.

The show skipped through the early years of Lennon's career, when the Beatles revolutionized popular music, and gives little weight to his first marriage and son before he met Ono, and his split with the Beatles in 1970. It also glossed over a later affair when he and Ono lived apart for more than a year.

"This is John Lennon, the legend, as filtered through the protective, selective, up-with-people, later-life self-interest of Yoko Ono Lennon," Newsday wrote in a review in August.

COPYRIGHT: (c) Reuters 2005. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by caching, framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters and the Reuters sphere logo are registered trademarks and trademarks of the Reuters group of companies around the world.

Questions? Comments? Let us know: @billboard

Print