Theatre Within’s 39th Annual John Lennon Tribute
Theatre Within are thrilled to announce that Natalie Merchant will be honored with the 2019 John Lennon Real Love Award and play a set of her favorite John Lennon classics at Theatre Within‘s 39th Annual John Lennon Tribute charity concert — Friday, December 6 at Symphony Space, NYC.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on August 6 and be available at LennonTribute.org.
All proceeds from the Tribute will benefit Theatre Within‘s ongoing free workshops, including the John Lennon Real Love Project songwriting workshop, at Gilda’s Club NYC for children and adults impacted by cancer.
In 2020, Theatre Within plans a significant expansion of the John Lennon Real Love Project, which will be offered to public schools and libraries in the NYC tri-state area.
Natalie Merchant is a longtime activist on a variety of social and environmental issues. She performed “Imagine” last year at an upstate event to boost progressive political candidates and encourage young voters to turn out at the polls.
Natalie Merchant says: “John and Yoko’s activism had a profound impact upon me as a child. Through their ingenious war protests, they challenged the entire world to reflect upon itself. In my estimation, ‘Imagine’ remains the most powerful three minutes and eight seconds of music ever recorded.”
Yoko Ono Lennon says: “With her beautiful songs, social activism and support of charitable causes, Natalie Merchant has certainly brightened our world and our hearts. Natalie’s outspokenness on the environment, domestic violence and special-needs children shines light on these vitally important issues.”