Thursday, November 15, 2007

Seattle Repertory Theatre presents:

Back Home Again: A John Denver Holiday Concert

by Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman

Directed by Randal Myler

Musical direction by Dan Wheetman

December 5 - 24, 2007

(Opening Night: Wednesday, December 5)

Seattle, WA - Come celebrate the holidays with Back Home Again: A John Denver Holiday Concert by the creators of Fire on the Mountain and Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, Dan Wheetman and Randal Myler. Back Home Again plays in the Bagley Wright Theatre from December 5 through December 24 (opening night December 5). Tickets are available through the Seattle Repertory Theatre box office seven days a week at (206) 443-2222, toll-free at (877) 900-9285, as well as online at

The Show: From the creators of It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues and Fire on the Mountain comes a holiday concert special featuring the music of John Denver, one of our most beloved singer/songwriters. Back Home Again features modern and traditional Christmas carols, as well as some of John Denver's most memorable hits, including "Thank God I'm a Country Boy," "Grandma's Feather Bed," and, of course, "Back Home Again." A perfect entertainment for family and friends, Back Home Again will take you to a place where life is sweet and full of promise. Seattle's own Dan Wheetman brings a winning authenticity to the concert-for seven years, he was a member of Denver's band.

The Creators: Randal Myler was nominated for an Outer Critic's Circle Award in the Outstanding Director category for the New York production of Hank Williams: Lost Highway and was a Tony® Award nominee (Best Book of a Musical) for It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues. He has directed at theatres throughout the country. His other projects also include co-adapting, with Dan Wheetman, and directing Fire on the Mountain, and directing Union City (with Rosie Perez). Dan Wheetman recently received an Ovation Award in Los Angeles for Musical Director in Back Home Again. He also received a Drama-Logue Award for Musical Direction for Hank Williams: Lost Highway at Mark Taper Forum, and an Los Angeles Critics Award for It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues at the Geffen Playhouse. He is a co-author of It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues. He was the composer and musical director for the stage version of John Irving's Cider House Rules at the Mark Taper Forum in L.A. and the Atlantic Theater Company in New York. He toured and recorded with John Denver, wrote a Christmas song for Kermit the Frog, recorded a 78rpm with R. Crumb and the Good Tone Banjo Boys, played a fiddle duet with Itzack Perlman, and worked as the opening act for Steve Martin.

Performance Details: Performances of Back Home Again are at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday with 2:00 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sundays.

Seattle Rep's Bagley Wright season sponsors are ArtsFund and The Boeing Company; John Denver Producing Partners are Alaska Airlines and Puget Sound Energy; Producing Associates are Carincross and Hempelman, P.S.

Seattle Repertory Theatre, founded in 1963, is led by Artistic Director David Esbjornson and Managing Director Benjamin Moore. One of America's premier nonprofit resident theatres, Seattle Repertory Theatre has achieved international renown for its consistently high production and artistic standards, and was awarded the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. With an emphasis on entertaining plays of true dramatic and literary worth, Seattle Rep produces a subscription season of plays along with educational programs, new play workshops and special presentations.

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