In one of the first local performances, Ring of Fire – The Music of Johnny Cash hits the stages of Covedale Center for the Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio beginning September 5 and running through September 29, 2013. Directed and choreographed by Leslie Jo Bissett-Hood, the musical is an ensemble production featuring a cast of seven performing many of Johnny Cash’s favorite hits, including Ring of Fire, Boy Named Sue, Walk the Line and Folsom Prison Blues. Each member plays Johnny Cash in a song.
Tim Perrino, Covedale’s artistic director, feels the musical will appeal to a broad generation of playgoers as Johnny Cash had a long career ending with his death in 2003 at age 61. The show is fun, up tempo complete with an onstage band of six members. With classical roots, the musical has an earthy feel accompanied by country songs and costumes set against a backdrop of a bandstand and the Grand Ole Opry. Michael Kennedy is the music director, and Erin Meyer is the production stage manager.
Even though Johnny Cash has passed away, he still remains an iconic figure. While parts of his life were gritty, he and his wife June Carter Cash evolved into country legends across the United States. Many generations will enjoy the embodiment of Johnny’s life in music. As Tim says, “Johnny Cash is hotter than firecrackers.” At age 48 in 1980, Cash was the youngest living inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In total, he sold over 90 million records.
Tickets are available at $24.00 for adults; $21.00 for seniors/students. They may be purchased online at www.cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com or by calling the box office at (513) 241-6550. The show is playing at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45238.