Well, we asked our cast that very question, and they had some great answers for us! Don’t worry, no spoilers here! Just enough to whet your appetite for this fantastic and enduring comedy.
Kelly Ahlman: Heaven Can Wait is a story based around a young boxer who is taken to Heaven 60 years too soon. He must make difficult decisions to decide if coming back to Earth is really what he wants. There are some very interesting characters, both alive and spiritual, that he meets along the way. He learns the valuable lessons that people are not always what they seem, never stop fighting for what you believe in and that true love transcends even death. This show brings a blend of humor and drama to the stage that will surely captivate hearts and minds alike.
Alison Anderson: Joe is an athlete who’s about to have a nasty accident. The messenger responsible for collecting souls of the dead sees the accident coming, and compassionately tries to save Joe his suffering by taking him out of his body just a moment or two early. Unfortunately, Joe’s athletic reflexes would have saved him and he would’ve survived and lived another 60 years. Joe’s manager cremated him, so he can’t get his own body back and the messenger tries to make good on her blunder by finding him another body to live out the rest of his 60 years with. He winds up in the body of a recently-murdered wealthy businessman and hilarity ensues as Joe tries to fill a role entirely unsuited to his personality.
Daniel Coleman: Heaven Can wait is a Fantasy/Comedy about a boxer whose plane crashes and is sent to the Hereafter before his time was actually up. His body is cremated and Joe (the boxer) is sent through a series of body swapping with hopes of continuing his lifelong dream of being World Champ and falling in love. A series of obstacles come along and some big decisions must be made.
Pat Noren Enderson: This show is a romantic comedy from the 1930’s about coming to terms with who you are inside despite what physical covering you may be wearing on the outside. It’s subtle humor and fun characters give this play heart.
Nickie McClure: It is about a boxer, named Joe who dies too early, so heaven escorts have to find him a new body. The body he gets is a rich man whose wife is planning to murder. What happens to Joe in this new body???
Audience members will find “body-swapping” in Heaven Can Wait. Do you have a favorite body swapping movie?
Nickie McClure: Freaky Friday is my favorite.
Pat Noren Enderson: The 1978, Warren Beatty version of Heaven Can Wait. I think it captures the same heart and subtly that the play has.
Tim Como: As far as “body swapping” movies go, I haven’t seen too many. So, of the ones I seen, I’d have to say that Vice Versa is my favorite. It’s a late 80’s movie that stars Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage.
Daniel Coleman: My favorite body swapping move is (if I can recall) The Change Up.
Alison Anderson: Actually, I really liked the 1978 version of Heaven Can Wait. I saw it when I was a kid and I re-watched it (along with the other two film versions) when we started rehearsals.
Kelly Ahlman: The original Freaky Friday from the 70’s, starring Barbara Harris and a young Jodie Foster, has to be my favorite body swapping movie. They were a delight and the way they brought a mother and daughter switching personalities to life, could not have been more entertaining. Classic!