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Trip Start Sep 09, 2007
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And check out this great review so recieved the week from Indiana, Pennsylvania. (I really like the end of the sixth paragraph...)
"Ring of Fire" allows music to tell the story of Johnny Cash
By: Katherine Belli
The off-Broadway production of "Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash" came to Indiana Tuesday
Featuring 38 of Cash's classic songs, the show tells in a lighthearted way the dark story of one country music's most influential artists.
Johnny Cash was a man of mystery. "The Man in Black," as some liked to call him, lived a life full of misadventure, love, faith, family and traveling with his passion for music and songwriting.
The performance also featured a live band on stage that impressed many audience members.
"The musicians were really impressive. I couldn't believe it," said Jason Frederick, an Indiana resident who was working on the show behind the scenes.
The troupe of 16 sang Cash favorites such as "Ring of Fire," "A Boy Named Sue" and "I Walk the Line." Although they all had amazing singing abilities, the woman who played June Carter Cash really got everyone's attention with her beautiful voice.
The costumes were also remarkably done. The character of Johnny Cash was played by several of the gentleman on stage, both young and old, and they wore his signature tight jeans, slick-backed hair and T-shirt complete with a pack of cigarettes rolled up in the sleeve. An older version of Cash wore a handsome black suit.
The woman played different characters from Cash's mother and sister to June Carter Cash. They wore beautiful dresses and outfits that emulated the times the music was written and preformed.
The only downfall of the show, long-time fans of Cash seemed to believe, was the lighthearted tone.
"This show was like Cash for kids," said Michael Frederick, who attended the performance. "I see him as a much darker individual and do not think that the show represented that."
The show had previously been on Broadway, where it was preformed by Tony award-winning actors. It had a hard time being put into production because Cash was not impressed by any of the offers presented to him for such a show.
But right before his death in 2003, he agreed to give Bill Meade the rights to his music and the assembly was born and brought to Indiana.