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Broadway-Hopeful New Musical About John Lennon and Yoko Ono Seeking Funding

By Jon Sobel j.sobel@classicalite.com on Jul 30, 2014 10:51 AM EDT

The team behind a new rock musical about John Lennon and Yoko Ono called Rock & Roll's Greatest Lovers are seeking funding for a concept album, a bigger stage production and a film version. A sold-out condensed version of the show ran at the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

The show's IndieGoGo page explains: "Many people have asked, 'Dear John, Why Yoko?' This musical answers that question while taking you through their psychedelic, swinging, Romeo and Juliet romance."

Rock & Roll's Greatest Lovers was conceived and written by former J-pop star Anzu Lawson, with music by Lawson and Joerg Stoeffel. The score includes "everything from groovy 60s sounds to rock ballads to anthems." Half-finished recording the concept album, the team aims next to cast and produce a short film version and a trailer for the full-length musical.

Anzu Lawson not only conceived the musical and wrote the book and lyrics but plays Yoko Ono. Her team includes Erin Muir (who plays Cynthia Lennon) and director Nell Teare.

The Fringe production also featured a complete set of Beatles, with Tom Mesmer as John Lennon, John Griffin as Paul McCartney, Garon Joseph as George Harrison and William McKinney as Ringo Starr.

INDIE-GOGO from Anzu Lawson on Vimeo.

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TagsThe Beatles, john lennon, yoko ono, Musical, musical theater, Broadway Musical, Fringe