THEATER: Mourning John in Song

Yoko Ono writes a musical about random violence

AS AN ARTIST, YOKO ONO IS BEST known for marrying well. Although she has explored at least a dozen art forms and won plaudits in several -- in 1981, for example, she shared a Grammy with John Lennon for their album Double Fantasy, and in 1989 the Whitney Museum mounted a retrospective of her conceptual art -- her creative endeavors are overshadowed by her status as Lennon's widow. Ono seems reconciled to that reality. Indeed, she embraces it in New York Rock, an off-Broadway musical about coming to terms with the death of a loved one.

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