In the beginning there was super group ABBA’s Broadway smash “Mama Mia,” based on their million-selling seventies anthems. We’ve seen “Jersey Boys,” the story of the great mega-star group, the Four Seasons. The list goes on and on.
Now, four-time Tony winning producer Stewart F. Lane has written and directed a musical based on the songs of the late, legendary singer/songwriter John Denver.
Do we really need another story from the same genre?
Well, judging by their sold-out opening weekend, there’s plenty of interest. Lane has taken Denver’s words and music – and created a patriotic portrait of a wounded soldier in Afghanistan. His life passes before him as we, the audience, are invited to watch “A Moment in Time.”
The cast is capable and the performance reaches its climax with a few unexpected surprises. The actors basically introduce each song through their dialogue. There’s love, action and self-sacrifice.
But, do we really need more golden oldies as rock musical? I vote yes – it’s a trend with a lot of kick left.
But don’t take my word for it. Surf to Mr .Lane’s website at www.MrBroadway.com for the next planned performance.
The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center was the world premiere venue. Hopefully, the troupe will head through Queens and the rest of the metropolitan area. As always, save me a seat on the aisle.