ATC’s ‘Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash’ March 30-April 26
Songs of Love, Faith, Rowdiness and Redemption in Arizona Theatre Company’s Production of ‘Ring of Fire:The Music of Johnny Cash.’ Photos Courtesy of Riverside Theatre
Johnny Cash. Just the name is iconic, but his music and that deep, calm bass-baritone voice made the “Man in Black” an American legend. From his songbook comes this crowd-pleasing, foot-stomping musical celebration that tells a fascinating story of love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, home and family.
Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash features 38 classic hits – from I Walk the Line and A Boy Named Sue to Folsom Prison Blues and the title tune – performed by a multi-talented cast of actors, singers and musicians in the story of this uniquely American legend. Ring of Fire plays at the Temple of Music and Art, 333 S. Scott Ave. in Tucson, from March 4-25 and at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St. in Phoenix, from March 30 through April 16. The 2016-17 season is sponsored by I. Michael and Beth Kasser. In Phoenix, the Production Sponsor is Zazu Pannee and Media Sponsor is KMLE Country @107.9.
Conceived by William Meade and created by Richard Maltby, Jr., Ring Of Fire dramatizes the story of a man who grew up poor in America’s heartland and traveled the world on the strength of his music and talent. Throughout his journey, Johnny Cash finds love, success, faith, misadventure, heartache, redemption and the love of a good woman.
“Ring Of Fire is the only theatrical show Johnny Cash gave his approval for and endorsed,” said Jason Edwards, the original director of this production which is being recreated by Randal Myler. “The show celebrates the songs he wrote about the everyday man; songs about issues and experiences he dealt with; songs that gave voice to so many overlooked and forgotten people. The show tries to touch on every aspect of Mr. Cash’s life – his youth, his faith, his struggles, and his triumphs. It’s also a story about love.”
More than a musical biography, Ring of Fire looks at Cash’s life thematically. From this early years picking cotton in hardscrabble fields to superstardom, the show chronicles both the lows and highs of the man who traversed musical genres from county and rock to folk and gospel. It is but a sampling of the more than 40 songs that Cash, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member had to his credit.
Cash was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He placed 48 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart and more than 130 hits on the Billboard country singles chart, more than anyone in history.
Ticket prices are $25-$80 and are available in-person in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art box office or by calling (520) 622-2823. Tickets are available in-person in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center, or by calling (602) 256-6995 or online for performances in both cities at www.arizonatheatre.org.
For more information call (520) 622-2823 in Tucson, (602) 256-6995 in Phoenix or visit www.arizonatheatre.org.
Director: Randal Myler
Music Director: Jeff Lisenby
Choreographer: Denise Patton
Scenic Design: John Iacovelli
Lighting Design: Kenton Yeager
Costume Design: Gordon DeVinney
Sound Design: Brian Jerome Peterson
Production Stage Manager: Bruno Ingram
Tickets for Ring of Fire start at $25 and are subject to change depending on time, date and section, and are available at www.arizonatheatre.org or by calling the box office at (520) 622-2823 in Tucson or (602) 256-6995 in Phoenix. Discounts are available for seniors and active military. A $10 student ticket pricing is now available for all performances. Half-price rush tickets are available for balcony seating for all performances one hour prior to curtain at the ATC box office (subject to availability). Tickets are available for a suggested $10 donation. (Tickets must be purchased at the Temple of Music and Art or Herberger Theater Center starting one hour prior to curtain. Tickets are first-come, first served. Cash only. Two tickets maximum per person.) For discounts for groups of 10 or more, call (520) 622-2823 in Tucson or (602) 256-6995 in Phoenix.
Arizona Theatre Company offers accessibility services for patrons with disabilities for select performances. Audio Description provides patrons with vision loss a running audio description of the movement and activities onstage through an infrared broadcast system. An Audio-Described performance is offered in Tucson on Thursday, March 23 at 2 p.m. and in Phoenix on Wednesday, April 12 at 2 p.m. and Thursday, April 13 at 2 p.m.. Interested patrons with vision loss may request a tactile tour one hour prior to curtain. American Sign Language Interpretation is presented by professional, theatrically-trained ASL-interpreters for people who have deafness or hearing impairment. An ASL-interpreted performance is offered in Tucson on Thursday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. and in Phoenix on Saturday, April 15 at 4 p.m. Open captioning allows patrons to read the play's dialogue on an LED screen as the play progresses. An open captioned performance is offered in Tucson on Thursday, March 23 at 2 p.m. and in Phoenix on Sunday, April 9 at 6 p.m. For open-captioned or ASL-interpreted performances, patrons should request seats best suited to ASL interpretation or captioning when purchasing tickets. Large print and Braille playbills and infrared listening amplification devices are also available at every ATC performance with reservation. TTY access for the box office is available in Tucson at (520) 884-9723 or via Arizona Relay at (800) 367-8939 (TTY/ASCII).