“RING OF FIRE: The Life and Music of Johnny Cash” Ignites the SKyPAC Stage
Stories of faith, family, passion, redemption, and humor set the stage ablaze in the musical production “RING OF FIRE—The Life and Music of Johnny Cash.” The music of the Man in Black opens the 2013 – 2014 Season at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) in downtown Bowling Green with performances September 20 and 21, 2013. Both performances will be at 7:30 p.m.
Touching on the life and times of one of the world’s most legendary musical artists, Johnny Cash, the musical revue “RING OF FIRE” is considered one of the best “jukebox musicals” of our time. Although Cash himself is never impersonated, “RING OF FIRE” features a company of performers that will guide you on a journey through Cash’s storied life and celebrated music, from the cotton fields of Arkansas to the Grand Ole Opry. “RING OF FIRE” features more than 35 of his hit songs from his long career including I Walk the Line, Jackson, If I Were A Carpenter, I’ve Been Everywhere, Folsom Prison blues, A Boy Named Sue, his final hit, Daddy Sang Bass and the title track Ring of Fire. With smashing medleys and bounce in its guitar driven energy, this show will have you stomping your feet and asking for more.
Cash is primarily remembered as a country music artist; however his style spanned from gospel to folk, rock to blues, and country in between. Both critically and audience acclaimed, this show has been bringing audiences to their feet at large and small theaters around the country. The New York Post calls it “Effective, funny and imaginatively presented,” “Ring of Fire is HOT!” declares Variety. “It’s touching and exuberant,” says the Associated Press.
“RING OF FIRE The Life and Music of Johnny Cash” is created by Richard Maltby, Jr. and conceived by William Meade with orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby. “RING OF FIRE” was originally produced on Broadway by William Meade, CTM Productions, and James B. Freydberg. In developing the creative vision for the show, Maltby and Meade felt that although we do not dramatize Johnny Cash’s life, it was important, by the end of the show that the audience felt that they have spent the evening in the presence of an extraordinary and real man. Johnny wrote and sang about the lives we lead, regardless of where we lead them. Maltby states, “If, watching this show, you feel you are being drawn back to your roots, it’s not accidental. I hope, as we bring to life these wonderful songs, we will touch your heart, mind and soul as well, and take you back to part of your life you may want to return to.”
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“RING OF FIRE, The Life and Music of Johnny Cash” is produced by Minneapolis based Troupe America, Inc. now entering its 26th year of operation. Executive Producer Curt Wollan directs an ensemble of eight performers/musicians that include Amberly Rosen, Candice Lively, Chet Wollan, Jason Uhlmann, Tim Drake, Brittany Parker, Steve Lasiter and Chad Willow. Other members of the creative team include Wendy Short Hays, movement advisor; Chad Willow, music director; Susan Holdersson, set designer; Katrina Benedict, costumer; Scott Herbst, lighting designer; and Mark Brodin, sound designer.
“RING OF FIRE The Life and Music of Johnny Cash” will perform Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $31.50 to $45.00 (plus ticketing fees) and are available online at TheSKyPAC.com, by phone 270-904-1880 or at the SKyPAC Ticket Office, located at 601 College Street, Bowling Green, KY.
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SKyPAC Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, oversees the administration of the SKyPAC and the Capitol Arts Center facilities and programs. SKyPAC is a multi-use facility located in downtown Bowling Green, KY and has become a premier center for entertainment.
The SKyPAC facility includes an 1,800-seat state-of-the-art Performance Hall that serves as the home of Orchestra Kentucky; a 200-seat flexible Studio Theater for intimate productions and gatherings; several multi-functional rehearsal halls and classrooms for students, schools and local arts organizations to use as they prepare for live performances; an Amphitheater for ‘theater under the stars’ and an indoor art gallery space to exhibit the works of regional artists. The Capitol Arts Center provides a 750-seat Performance Hall and two art galleries, the Houchens Gallery and Mezzanine Gallery. For more information, visit www.TheSKyPAC.com or call (270) 904-5000.
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.