It’s Getting Hot! RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH To Open at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, July 11, 2013

May 30, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact: Michael Vigilant, Chief Operating Officer

                  334.271.5329 or mvigilant@asf.net

 

It’s Getting Hot!

RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH

To Open at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, July 11, 2013

 

MONTGOMERY, AL (May 30, 2013) Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash will be the hottest show in the South when it opens at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival on July 11 and runs through August 4.The production will feature Jason Edwards who starred in the Broadway production. Edwards will also direct Ring of Fire at ASF.

 

Tickets for Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash start at $30 and may be obtained by calling 800.841.4273, on line at www.asf.net or by visiting the ASF box office. ASF is located at 1 Festival Drive in the heart of the beautiful Blount Cultural Park.

 

This song-filled country music cavalcade pays homage to the life and times of John R. “Johnny” Cash, one of America’s greatest music icons. Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash has gone from Broadway to sell out performances at regional theatres across the country including the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company and the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. More than 30 songs that Cash wrote or performed are featured in the production. Favorites include Folsom Prison Blues, A Boy Named Sue, I Walk the Line, I’ve Been Everywhere, Hurt and the musical’s namesake, Ring of Fire.

 

The cast features masterful Nashville based actors and musicians. In addition to Jason Edwards, the cast includes Trenna Barnes,  Allison Briner, John England, Walter Hartman, Brantley Kearns, Johnny Kinnaird, Brent Moyer and Jeff Lisenby. Lisenby will also serve as the musical director.  

 

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash was created by Tony Award-winner Richard Maltby, Jr. and conceived by William Meade. Maltby is also the creator of the Broadway hits Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Fosse. It was theatrical producer Meade who convinced Cash, who passed away in 2003, to permit his songs to be used as the basis for a musical.

 

The remainder of the artistic team includes Denise Patton (choreographer), John Iacovelli (set design), Jeffrey Todhunter (costume design), Phil Monat (lighting design) and Richelle Thompson (sound design). Bernita Robinson will serve as stage manager.

 

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is among the largest Shakespeare theatres in the world. Designated as the State Theatre of Alabama, ASF has been located in Montgomery since 1985 when it moved from Anniston as a result of Mr. and Mrs. Wynton Blount’s gift of a performing arts complex in the 250-acre Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park. This program/project has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

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