Special Projects


Annual John Lennon Tribute

Theatre Within’s Annual John Lennon Tribute joyously celebrates John’s Lennon’s life, music and timeless message of peace, love and social activism. 

At this year's Tribute, we will honor Patti Smith for her lifelong artistic excellence and positive social impact with the 2017 John Lennon Real Love Award. In addition, Ms. Smith, who last appeared in the Tribute in 2010 at the Beacon Theatre, will play a set of John Lennon and Beatles classics that she has chosen for this special performance.

The first half of the Tribute will feature a unique multi-artist live performance of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart's Club Band in its entirety, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the album's release. 

Proceeds from the Tribute will support Theatre Within’s ongoing free workshops at Gilda’s Club, NYC, for those whose lives has been impacted by cancer. This year, we are providing more than 30 free workshops for children who have lost a parent to the disease, adult cancer survivors and those undergoing treatment. Our programs include The John Lennon Real Love Project songwriting workshops and Imagine Peace/Practice Peace meditation workshops. 

Theatre Within’s Annual John Lennon Tribute is the only ongoing John Lennon Tribute concert in North America or Europe that is officially sanctioned by Yoko Ono