Another Rocky Mountain High: Almost Heaven: Songs and Stories of John Denver Begins Oct. 2

News   Another Rocky Mountain High: Almost Heaven: Songs and Stories of John Denver Begins Oct. 2
 
Denver Center Theatre Company revisits a past smash hit, Almost Heaven, the story of the life and music of the late John Denver, featuring Broadway's Annie Golden and new direction by Randal Myler, Oct. 2-Nov. 29.

Annie Golden, star of Denver Center's Almost Heaven.
Annie Golden, star of Denver Center's Almost Heaven.

Performances play the intimate Ricketson Theatre in DCTC's digs in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. The work, presented in collaboration with producer Harold Thau, is written and adapted by Peter Glazer, with orchestrations and vocal arrangements by Jeff Waxman. Opening is set for Oct. 9.

The show is subtitled Songs and Stories of John Denver. Peter Glazer was the original director of the March 28-April 27, 2002, sold-out run by Denver Center Theatre Company. Producer Thau (credited with the show's original concept) has been hoping to tour the show and aim it to New York since 2002. With the Myler reconditioning of the piece, that may be a possibility (the director is known for commercial runs of Hank Williams: Lost Highway and Love, Janis). Songs have been added since the 2002 run.

Annie Golden starred as one of the wives in the Broadway production of The Full Monty. Her Off-Broadway credits include the original production of Assassins and La Terrasse. The former head of the punk rock group The Shirts, she got her big break in acting by being cast in the film of "Hair."

Also in the six-person cast are Lisa Asher, Darlene Bel Grayson, Marsh Hanson (Broadway's Les Miserables), Michael Lanning and Jim Newman (the national tour of Big, Broadway's Steel Pier). *

John Denver became an unlikely pop superstar in the 1970s. The round-faced, toothy, bespectacled, blonde singer-songwriter sung willfully naive odes to country living, sunshine and other "natural highs." His hits included "Thank God I'm a Country Boy," "Sunshine on My Shoulder," "Annie's Song," "I'm Sorry" and, perhaps most famously, "Rocky Mountain High." He was a big enough star to parlay his music career into a starring role in the hit 1977 film, "Oh, God!" With the '80s, his popularity faded. He died in 1997 in a plane crash while flying an aircraft of his own creation.

For DCTC information, call (303) 893-4100 or visit www.denvercenter.org.

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