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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
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.