Only one production to share with you this week…

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But it was a joyous trip down memory lane… and highly recommended!

Just Imagine

Tim Piper as John Lennon.

There’s a “Rockin’ and Rollin’” party going on in town… and you’re invited! This is a fabulous show and a psychedelic must see! We loved every magical moment! The remarkably tireless and wildly talented Tim Piper, whose likeness to John Lennon is mindboggling… has been cloning the “superstar’s” life and career for many years. I first saw this electrifying show in Hollywood a few years back, and was so excited to catch it again now at this “cool” downtown LA theatre! Having brilliantly resurrected the spirit, humor and persona of Lennon on countless stages and in numerous television productions, his loyal following is gigantic! Under the “hip” and energetic direction of Steve Altman, who also co-wrote the script with Piper, we the audience… are mesmerizingly hurled into a “kick-butt” concert… retrospective flashbackl. Experiencing the music, life, heart and challenges of Lennon’s deeply felt relationship with the unpopular Yoko Ono, The Beatles, his own troubled childhood… and so much more… we peer into the inner soul of the man. The beloved songs had the entire audience singing along nonstop, as our own personal memories of those times touched each of us throughout the night. The back up band is phenomenal, driving the pulse of the era with perfection! Kudos to: Greg Piper on bass, Don Butler on lead guitar, Morley Bartnoff on keyboards and Don Poncher on drums. Paul Gentry’s soulful lighting, and Piper’s own reminiscent overhead multimedia video design add greatly to the magic! People of all ages universally know and love these timeless songs, written and performed by the world’s most famous band, “The Beatles.” Tim Piper’s highly entertaining and “down to earth” depiction will ignite memories in all who catch this multi-faceted show. Don’t miss it! Although there are no really bad seats in this 180 seat venue… there are four levels and prices for seating. The sections are titled cleverly… Cavern… Liverpool… Strawberry Fields… and Abbey Road. If you can afford the “splurge,” it’s worth it to take the journey in the Abbey Road seats. More “up close and personal”… and very involving. Also, you’re welcome to hang out afterwards, for a “meet and greet” with Tim. Running Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. through April 24 at the Hayworth Theatre located at 2509 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles. For seats, call (323) 960-4442 or reserve tickets online at www.plays411.com.

Hot Tip:

After the show, and not yet ready to call it a night… we stopped in at a nearby night spot on a friend’s recommendation. What a “cool” and comfy lounge/ restaurant! Open 47 years on Wilshire, adjacent to The Gaylord building, “H.M.S. Bounty” serves great food til midnight (mostly under $10). The friendly and eclectic clientele range broadly from 21 to 81… and the adorable longtime bartender Annie is obviously loved by all! Check it out sometime!

Mark Your Calendar

Next weekend, I’ll attend the opening of Having It All at the NoHo Arts Center… Opening March 12. A world premiere musical event, brought to you by David Elzer and Peter Schneider. On a “winning roll,” these two producers are flying high after their two smash hits, The Marvelous Wonderettes and Life Could be a Dream. This new musical dramedy strikes a more serious note, looking at the lives of five women with similar issues over a 30 year period, who add much to each other’s lives. I was told to bring a hanky… will tell you all about it next week.

As always, more to come next time…

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