Fully Monty's Golden Leads Cast of New John Denver Musical Almost Heaven

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Annie Golden, who starred as one of the wives in the Broadway production of The Full Monty, will lead the cast of Almost Heaven, a new musical at Denver Center Theatre Company about John Denver's life and music. The piece, using the songs Denver wrote or made famous, is under Randal Myler's direction.
Annie Golden.
Annie Golden.

The work, presented in collaboration with producer Harold Thau, is written and adapted by Peter Glazer, with orchestrations and vocal arrangements by Jeff Waxman. Performances play Oct. 2-Nov. 29 at The Ricketson Theatre. Also in the six-person cast are Lisa Asher, Darlene Bel Grayson, Marsh Hanson, Michael Lanning and Jim Newman.

Golden also starred in the recent Broadway revival of On the Town. 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."

Newman played Josh Baskin in the first national tour of Big and Bill Calhoun in the first national tour of Kiss Me, Kate. Hanson made his Broadway debut as Marius in Les Misérables and appeared Off-Broadway in Earnest Hemingway: It Just Catches.

Glazer was the original director of the March 28-April 27, 2002, run in Denver. Producer Thau has been hoping to tour the show and aim it to New York.

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.

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