Over 30 Johnny Cash songs--as timeless and iconic as the man behind them--will be telling a story at the Egyptian Theater from March 16 - 25. The show is called "Ring of Fire", produced by Dark Horse Company Theatre which was named City Weekly's Best Community Theatre Group of 2011. This is Utah's debut of the Johnny Cash jukebox musical.
"Ring of Fire" debuted on Broadway in 2006, but poor reviews and reception shut down the musical after only a month. The test runs of the show in 2005, however, were a hit. It was only recently that the rights to bring "Ring of Fire" to Utah were released.
This musical is only loosely based on Johnny Cash's life. It tells the story of a young man with dreams of being a singer growing up in rural Arkansas. Themes in show include those that also ring through Cash's music--love, loss, hard work, family, adversity, faith and compassion for those down on their luck.
Some of Cash's classics like "Ring of Fire" (of course), "Man in Black" and "I Walk the Line" are featured.
In this production, each cast member sings, dances and plays at least one instrument. Instruments you will see on the Egyptian stage for this show include guitar, keys, mandolin, banjo, spoons, washboard and harmonica. So there definitely won't be a shortage of talent!
Ginger Bess, one of the founders of Dark Horse, says "Ring of Fire" is a great show for all kinds of audiences since Cash's music can appeal to many generations. Considering Dark Horse usually produces plays that don't get stage time in Utah (like "Gypsy" and "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"), "Ring of Fire" is expected to be a crowd pleaser for both younger and older crowds.
For information on tickets, visit EgyptianTheatreCompany.org.