Clarksville, TN – The Roxy Regional Theatre pays tribute to the life and music of John Denver with the feel-good hit musical Almost Heaven, opening Friday, June 10th, at 8:00pm.
Weaving together the songs of John Denver with interviews, fan letters and passages from his autobiography, Almost Heaven was originally conceived by Harold Thau with orchestrations, vocal arrangements and music supervision by Jeff Waxman. Directed by Tom Thayer, this uniquely theatrical musical revue features Keith Panzarella, Erica Haines Cantrell, Bryan Benware, Kendall Anne Thompson and Ryan Bowie, with David Lovell on guitar, Tom Thayer on piano and Thad Wallus on bass.
Over two dozen of Denver’s songs — including “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” “Annie’s Song,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads, ” “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Calypso” and more — are rediscovered and reinvented, performed against a backdrop of stunning visual images of America in the late ’60s and early ’70s, a time of social unrest and political protest.
On Saturday, June 18th, the Roxy will host a John Denver Sing-Off. Beginning “down under” F&M Bank at 6:00pm with a cookout (hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixin’s), patrons are encouraged to “be a star, bring your guitar or karaoke track on CD, and sing your best John Denver!” (Anyone interested in participating in the sing-off should contact the box office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 931-645-7699 by Monday, June 13th, to sign up.) Tickets are $25.00 to include the 8:00pm performance of Almost Heaven.
Almost Heaven runs June 10th through July 2nd, playing Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, with a 2:00pm matinee on Saturday, June 18th. Tickets are $20.00 (adults) and $15.00 (ages 13 and under) and may be reserved online at www.roxyregionaltheatre.org, by phone at 931-645-7699, or at the theatre during regular box office hours (9:00am-2:00pm, Monday-Friday).
The 8:00pm performance on Friday, June 10th, is the pay-what-you-can preview for “Almost Heaven”.
During Comedy on the Cumberland, June 7th, the Roxy Regional Theatre gave the audience a sneek peek at their upcoming production of “Almost Heaven”.