Almost Heaven: John Denver’s America
Conceived by Harold Thau with orchestrations, vocal arrangements, and music supervision by Jeff Waxman.


 
Cast
3m 3f

Orchestra
Percussion, Electric Bass, Guitar, Strings, Keyboard
 
Setting
Exterior
 
Synopsis
Almost Heaven weaves together the songs of John Denver to create a uniquely theatrical narrative that reflects upon the country during the years in which he wrote them.

Twenty-nine of Denver's songs – including “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” “Annie’s Song,” “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.

Musical Numbers
All Of My Memories
For Bobbie
Rhymes and Reasons
Draft Dodger Rag
I Wish I Could Have Been There (Woodstock)
Take Me Home, Country Roads
Rhymes and Reasons (Reprise)
Fly Away
I Guess He’s Rather Be in Colorado
Rocky Mountain High
Matthew
Let Us Begin (What Are We Making Weapons For?)
Calypso
This Old Guitar
Thank God I’m a Country Boy
Grandma’s Feather Bed
Annie’s Song
Goodbye Again
How Can I Leave You Again
Back Home Again
Leaving on a Jet Plane
For You
I’m Sorry
Sunshine On My Shoulders
Looking for Space
Wild Montana Skies
Songs Of… 
Poems, Prayers, and Promises
Yellowstone
Encore

Reviews
“A winning musical revue! Only excellent songs can support such varied interpretations and still evoke joy, and Almost Heaven hits that height over and over. The show pays excellent tribute to an artist who remains great at making people feel good.”
-Variety

“[It’s like] flying along with John Denver through some mountain air!”
-The New York Times

“The triumph of Almost Heaven is gorgeous arrangements of songs that made eagles soar and horses run. Denver’s songs are beautifully reinvented, blended and harmonized.”
-Denver Post





 
 

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