How many thesps does it take to fill Lennon's shoes?

Imagine there’s too many Johns — it’s easy for critics to try.

“Lennon,” which opened on Broadway last week, was lambasted in its San Francisco tryout for having too many actors playing the lead character. But even after the jukebox musical was reworked, it’s difficult to count all the Johns on the stage.

Variety, the New York Post, Daily News and Associated Press decided that the entire cast — nine performers — play the title role. The New York Times declared that five actors play Lennon, while Playbill.com noted “four actors carry the Lennon load.”

USA Today, perhaps in the name of caution, didn’t offer up a tally.

One thing that didn’t change on the coast-to-coast transfer was the cast or its size (nine). But when it was in SanFran, Variety and the San Francisco Examiner agreed there were eight Lennons.

Still, one has to wonder what the reviewer for the suburban Contra Costa Times was imbibing. He saw 10.

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