BWW Review: ALMOST HEAVEN: SONGS OF JOHN DENVER at La Comedia Dinner Theatre
Even if you are not a fan of John Denver or even if you don't know who he was, there is something for everyone at ALMOST HEAVEN: SONGS OF John Denver, running until February 17, 2019 at La Comedia Dinner Theatre.
Conceived by Harold Thau and written and adapted by Peter Glazer, ALMOST HEAVEN features a cast of three men, and three women and takes the audience through the life of John Denver, one of the top music stars of the 1970's Twenty-Six of Denver's songs are strung together somewhat loosely with tidbits about Denver's life and untimely death in a plane crash in 1997. The most recognizable of these include "Country Roads", "Sunshine on My Shoulders" and "Rocky Mountain High".
The cast, as an ensemble worked together well with Chris Beiser as narrator/John Denver. My favorite number of the evening was "I'm Sorry", sung by Christen Placa. The haunting acoustic guitar, also played by Placa, along with her voice was stunning in its simplicity. There were a few fun sing-along moments most notably with "Country Roads". Other highlights were Chris Kramer's "This Old Guitar", and the entire cast, adding in Hannah Brown, Digger Howard, and Tonya Oslack, on "Sunshine on My Shoulders".
For your opportunity to see ALMOST HEAVEN, tickets, including show and dinner, are $61- $75 with children 11 and under only $30. You can make reservations by calling the box office at 937-746-4554 or 1-800-677-9505. You can also purchase tickets online at www.lacomedia.com. Evening and matinee performances are available. In the event of inclement weather, please call the box office for information.