Oh No, Yoko!

The new musical based on the life of John Lennon has New York’s theatre world all abuzz – but for the wrong reasons. Two directors have already left the production, and retooling has been constant and contradictory. “There are also complaints that the show… has become nothing but a Lennon whitewash job, turning one of the 20th century’s most complex cultural icons into a bland, peace-loving hippie. His drug use is just hinted at; his bisexuality ignored; and his serial philandering only dealt with head-on in one scene. Backstage, the mood at Lennon is grim.” So who’s behind all the problems at what ought to be a blockbuster show? Why, it’s Yoko Ono, of course.