Maybe the Beatles are becoming a religion unto themselves. The fact that John Lennon look-a-like Tim Piper can start playing “Across the Universe” and instantly get a theatre full of enthusiastic followers to start singing harmonies is convincing evidence that, at the very least, such a religion would be able to boast a highly reliable hymn book.
Piper presents Lennon in his one-man show, “Just Imagine,” at the NoHo Arts Center. Backed by a 4-piece band and beautifully illustrated with Piper’s own multi-media presentation, the concert is Piper’s solo journey through Lennon’s life, as told by about 30 of the songs that made the martyred Beatle immortal. Beginning with his boyhood in Liverpool, Piper shines a light on the fact that Lennon was essentially abandoned by both of his parents before he was 10-years-old, circumstances which inevitably fueled the rage and pain behind the future Beatle’s quirky genius. Nevertheless, Piper proves himself an affable, genial host, gracious enough to take requests coming out of the intermission. And in the end… well, you know the rest of that line. It’s possible that no four people in human history made more love than the Beatles, so it’s fitting that as their evangelist, Piper takes the standing ovation that comes at the end of the performance.
A true treat for any Beatles fan (but perhaps not for the vexed 15-year-old boy whose mother had been dragging him to Beatles tribute band concerts since he was 7), “Just Imagine” is a chance to spend an evening in close proximity to a fallen legend.
“Just Imagine” performs Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm at the NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd. (at Lankershim) in North Hollywood, through November 8th. Tickets are $35-$75. For tickets and information, call (866) 811-4111 or visit www.justimaginetheshow.com.