January 2015

Ring of Fire: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH

Author: Andrea Gannon

Ring of Fire is a remarkable journey into the heart of America, courtesy of one of our most beloved musical legends, Johnny Cash. Ring of Fire pays homage to his music with the strength, humor and honesty that made Cash one of the greatest songwriters and most revered storytellers in American music.

Stories of faith, family, passion, redemption, and humor set the stage ablaze in this musical production. Touching on the life and times of the “The Man in Black,” Ring of Fire is considered one of the best jukebox musicals of our time. Although Cash himself is never impersonated, Ring of Fire takes audiences on a heartfelt musical excursion through his storied life and celebrated music, from the modest cotton fields of Arkansas to the illustrious Grand Old Opry.

Singer/musician J.R. “Johnny” Cash was born in Arkansas in 1932 and died in Nashville in 2003. His humble childhood was grounded by a hard-working, God-fearing family, with values that shaped his own philosophy and, of course, his songwriting. His love-life was, in turn tumultuous: married twice, divorced once and briefly widowed after the death of his second wife, June Carter Cash, his spouse and performing partner for 35 years. In fact, June was one of the songwriters of the title tune “Ring of Fire.”

Director Russell Treyz, who has been at the helm of over 20 shows for the Arts Center and hails from New York City, says the show will thrill audiences who are Cash fans and dazzle those who didn’t think they were. “Even those who haven’t followed the legendary career of Cash and his music will thoroughly enjoy this musical,” Treyz said. “I am thrilled to be directing this show and bringing Cash’s music to life on stage.”

Some of Cash’s hits in Ring of Fire include “Country Boy,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Five Feet High and Rising,” “Daddy Sang Bass,” “I Walk the Line” and “I’ve Been Everywhere.” Featuring over 35 songs performed by an incredible cast of seven multi-talented performers, Ring of Fire will keep your feet tapping and your hearts singing, long after the lights come up. The songs themselves tell the story in this tribute to a singer who broke barriers and left an unmatched legacy with roots in folk, gospel, rock and country, evidenced by Cash’s presence in the Rock and Roll, Gospel Music and Country Music Halls of Fame, in addition to countless other awards ranging from the Grammys to the Kennedy Center Honors.

With a three-week run, Ring of Fire blazes on stage at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina February 10-March 1. Get tickets online at artshhi.com or call (843) 842-ARTS (2787). 

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