The Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre is presenting “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” from Oct. 30 – Dec. 8 in Coral Gables. The musical showcases Cash’s hits such as “I Walk the Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Jackson” and, of course, ‘Ring of Fire.”
The musical features a star-studded cast of Scott Moreau, Katie Barton, Eric Scott Anthony, Marcy McGuigan, and Spiff Wiegand. Each actor plays several instruments, bringing the music alive on stage right before the audience’s eyes. The original Broadway production featured 13 individuals, but the Actors’ Playhouse is performing a different version with a cast of only five.
“The real joy of the show, the way we’ve got it, is how intimate it can feel,” said Ben Hope, the director of “Ring of Fire.” “The dialogue in the show is all lifted from Johnny Cash’s autobiography that was released in 2003, and that book in itself is a real wonderful read. [Cash] is such a good storyteller, and he had such a big heart and such a self-awareness about his own shortcomings and the things that were important for him in his life.”
“Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” tells the tale of Cash’s legendary career and life within his own songs. “I think [Cash is so popular across such a wide spectrum of people] because he had a unique gift to speak for all of us, in away. He was such an imperfect person, and I think we can all relate to that,” explained Hope.
Tickets cost between $30-$75, but students can purchase special discounted tickets 15 minutes before any performance with their student ID at the box office. Group discounts are also available for 10 or more persons. Visit www.actorsplayhouse.org for tickets and performance dates.
Photo: M. Spiske