B’Way books ‘Lennon’

World preem set for Feb. 1 in San Francisco

A correction was made to this article on Apr. 29, 2004.

“Lennon” will arrive on Broadway in late March 2005.

Formerly known as “The John Lennon Project,” the new biotuner is coming off a successful reading last month.

Producers Edgar Lansbury, Don Scardino and Allan McKeown said they will move ahead with a full production, capitalized at $7.5 million.

They have set one more reading, for June, before the show’s world preem Feb. 1 at San Francisco’s Curran Theater. After a week’s hiatus, “Lennon” comes into Gotham at a Broadway theater to be announced.

The musical follows the post-Beatles Lennon through songs he wrote after the group disbanded. “Imagine,” “Mind Games,” “Gimme Some Truth” and “Working Class Hero,” among others, will be featured.

Sony’s ATV owns the John Lennon-Paul McCartney catalog.

The “Lennon” producers negotiated separately for the rights to “Give Peace a Chance,” which Lennon recorded with the Plastic Ono Band but is credited as Lennon-McCartney. Scardino said they had recently secured those rights, as well.

“We couldn’t do the show without ‘Give Peace a Chance,’ ” said Scardino, who is the tuner’s director.

Lansbury and Scardino first discussed a possible Lennon tuner with his widow, Yoko Ono, about three years ago.

McKeown is a more recent addition to the “Lennon” producing team.

He produced, among other shows, TV’s “Tracey Ullman Takes On,” several episodes of which were directed by Scardino. He’s also on the producing team for “Jerry Springer — The Opera,” which opens on Broadway in October 2005.

McKeown’s only previous Broadway credit was under his banner Witzend, which produced “The Big Love” in 1991.

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