BWW Reviews: Experience Phenomenal Musical Storytelling in JOHN & JEN at Cherry Creek Theatre
Cherry Creek Theatre Company presents JOHN & JEN (music by Andrew Lippa, lyrics by Tom Greenwald, and book by Andrew Lippa & Tom Greenwald) playing now through June 22nd. This is the story of Jen and her relationships with the two Johns of her life: her younger brother, who was killed in Vietnam, and his namesake, her son who is trying to find his way in a confusing world. JOHN & JEN is a tour-de-force for two actors, taking them from childhood, through adolescence and beyond.
"All I know is I won't fail my son the same way I failed you!"Megan Van De Hey* as Jen was radiant and tells the story with her wondrous voice. Her skilled versatility and range showed through and through in this production. Her proclamation to her late brother a about letting him go and seeing her son as a a for the first time in The Road Ends Here had the entire audience in tears. Casey Andree proved he had the acting chops in playing the diverse roles of brother and son, Jon. It Took Me A While was one of his highlights and showed his excellent singing ability. I also have to compliment these two on their professionalism and never missing a beat; even when the stormy weather outside starting to become a very noticeable puddle and small coy pond on the stage!
Cherry Creek Theatre does this unknown gem justice with outstanding performances that made for a tender, heartfelt and thoroughly memorable evening! JOHN & JEN is captivating audiences now through June 22nd at the Shaver-Ramsey Showroom (2414 East 3rd Ave.) in Cherry Creek. Performances are Fridays
and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. For tickets or more information, contact Cherry Creek Theatre by calling 303-800-6578 or online at www.cherrycreektheatre.org.
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*Megan appears courtesy of Actors Equity Union.
Megan Van de Hey as Jen