Cumberland County Playhouse presents “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash," with special guest Kellye Cash! Ring of Fire weaves dozens of Johnny’s most unforgettable songs together to create a unique musical that tells a unique story about love and faith through hard times and across generations. Richard Maltby, the show’s creator, says that while people already know the show’s songs, "Put together in an evening, they tell a story. Johnny had the soul of a poet, and when you listen to these songs together you hear something in them that is surprising. It's the story of America…it's about home and family and getting together and loving somebody and having a backyard and generations living together; it's about what holds you together in the face of a hard life, it's about the really basic family values.” And it’s all told through the songs of the most iconic figure in country music, the “Man in Black.”
Directed by Bryce McDonald and Daniel Black, with musical direction by Ron Murphy and choreography by Leila Nelson, Ring of Fire will feature Playhouse resident actors Anna Baker, Daniel Black, John Dobbratz, Britt Hancock, Lauren Marshall, Austin Price and Leila Nelson. And Tennessee’s Family Theater has deepened the ties to the Cash family for this production with a special appearance by recording artist Kellye Cash, a former Miss Tennessee and Miss America… and Johnny’s great-niece. In addition to starring in the Playhouse production of Always, Patsy Cline, Ms. Cash has appeared in many regional theater productions around the country and has appeared on The David Letterman Show, The Today Show and Good Morning America, and has performed with Vince Gill, Lee Greenwood and Billy Joel.
“Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” runs August 8 through October 19. It’s rated PG and sponsored by Stonehaus Winery. Call (931) 484-5000 for tickets and information, or visit www.ccplayhouse.com.
Currently onstage at the Playhouse are The King and I, rated G, sponsored by Holiday Inn Express/Comfort Suites/Hampton Inn through August 30; and Man of La Mancha, rated PG-13, co-sponsored by Cumberland County Bank and Dr. Anthony Wilson, MD through September 27.
All CCP productions are made possible through sponsor support, with additional support provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.