Had John Lennon been allowed to enjoy a long, healthy life, he would have turned 75 years old this Friday. Yes, that probably makes you feel a bit old. But the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, itself a historic landmark, has decided to embrace the day by holding Lennon 75 at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2015.
Lennon 75 will feature art, photographs and the music of one of the greatest singer/songwriters of the 20th Century, John Lennon. The festivities will be hosted and Lennon’s songs will be performed by the eerily Lennon-like Otto D and his band Working Class Hero
Famed John Lennon photographer, David Spindel, will set the mood by sharing the story of how he landed John Lennon as a client and will show his rare photos from The Hit Factory recording sessions during John’s last days. Lennon 75 will also feature America’s foremost speed painter, Randall Hedden who will paint “The Four Faces of Lennon” live on stage.
The performance will commemorate Lennon’s years with The Beatles, the rebellious years of his early solo career in the 1970’s and finally the quieter introspective years that carried him into the 1980’s. Special care has been taken to embrace all members of the audience, no matter what their level of familiarity might be with Lennon’s body of work.
The show will feature multiple costume changes and over thirty songs performed by accomplished musicians, supported by world class orchestral backing tracks. But it will be vocalist/emcee Otto D (D’Agnolo) whose vocal style, uncanny physical appearance and stage presentation that will make Lennon 75 the definitive John Lennon experience.
Although Otto D looks and sounds hauntingly like John Lennon, it is not an act he turns on and off, it is simply who he is. Otto’s goal has never been to pretend to be John Lennon, but to respectfully try and give every audience the opportunity to share a dream, to recreate an experience that none of us can ever have again..
Otto’s strong resemblance to that of John’s was spotted by producer Gordy Deems. After Deems heard some of Otto’s original music, it turned out he sounded even more like Lennon than he looked. It was then Deems knew he could build a John Lennon show far better than any he’d seen.
Tickets for the show are priced at $25 and $35 and are available at the Celebrity Theatre Box Office, 440 N. 32nd St., in Phoenix, or online at www.celebritytheatre.com. To charge by phone, call 602-267-1600 ext.1. All tickets are subject to a surcharge.