The announcement Wednesday by the nonprofit Theatre Within came a day before what would have been Lennon’s 74th birthday.
Yoko Ono said in a statement: “I share Theatre Within’s belief that music and the performing arts have a special power to bring people together and inspire us to make a positive difference. It’s beautiful that the Tribute continues to have such a powerful impact in John’s memory.”
Rock photographer Bob Gruen, who photographed Lennon during the years he lived in New York, will be honored with the first-ever John Lennon Real Love Award.
Proceeds will benefit Lennon and Ono’s Spirit Foundation. Ticket prices are $65, $85 and $105.
Earlier this weeek, Spotify announced it had licensed Lennon’s solo catalog, from 1970’s John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band to 1984’s posthumous Milk and Honey. The popular streaming music service now offers listeners Lennon’s eight proper solo albums and three official compilations. Not included are Lennon’s trio of avant garde albums with wife Ono (1968’s Two Virgins and 1969’s Life With the Lions and Wedding Album).