Samford University's Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center continues its Signature Series by presenting the popular Broadway musical "Ring of Fire-The Music of Johnny Cash" Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Touching on the life and times of one of the world's most legendary musical artists, Johnny Cash, the musical revue "Ring of Fire" is considered by critics to be one of the best "jukebox musicals" of our time, according to Sean Wright, Samford's director of events and the Signature Series.
Although Cash himself is never impersonated, "Ring of Fire" features a company of performers that guide audiences on a journey through Cash's s life and music, from the cotton fields of Arkansas to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. "Ring of Fire" features more than 35 hit songs from his long career including "I Walk the Line", "Jackson", " If I Were A Carpenter", " I've Been Everywhere", " Folsom Prison blues", " A Boy Named Sue", "Daddy Sang Bass" and the title track "Ring of Fire."
"Ring Of Fire-The Music of Johnny Cash" is created by Richard Maltby Jr. and conceived by William Meade with orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby. "Ring of Fire" originally was produced on Broadway by William Meade, CTM Productions, and James B. Freydberg.
In developing the creative vision for the show, Maltby and Meade felt that although they did not dramatize Johnny Cash's life, it was important, by the end of the show that the audience felt that they have spent the evening in the presence of an extraordinary and real man. Maltby states, "If, watching this show, you feel you are being drawn back to your roots, it's not accidental. I hope, as we bring to life these wonderful songs, we will touch your heart, mind and soul as well, and take you back to part of your life you may want to return turn to."
Tickets are $20-$35 with student tickets at $10. Signature Series package and season tickets are still available, starting at just $150. Tickets are available online at www.tickets.samford.edu or by calling the Samford Arts Box Office, 205-726-2853. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, Monday through Friday.
This performance is made possible through support of the National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. More information on the entire Signature Series, including upcoming performances with Savion Glover, Bela Fleck and more, as well as all other events held at the Wright Center can be found online at www.samford.edu/wrightcenter.