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Ring of Fire reignites Johnny Cash’s legend

By From page B1 | October 09, 2013

FOLSOM — Stories of faith, family, passion, redemption and humor will set the Harris Center for the Arts ablaze in the new national tour of Ring of Fire — The Music of Johnny Cash, opening Oct. 18

Touching on the life and times of one of the world’s most legendary musical artists, the musical revue Ring of Fire is considered one of the best “jukebox musicals” of our time. Although Cash himself is never impersonated, Ring of Fire features a company of performers that will guide you on a journey through Cash’s storied life and celebrated music, from the cotton fields of Arkansas to the Grand Ole Opry. Ring of Fire features more than 35 of his 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,” his final hit “Daddy Sang Bass” and the title track “Ring of Fire.”

Cash is primarily remembered as a country music artist; however, his style spanned from gospel to folk, rock to blues, and country in between. Both critically and audience acclaimed, this show has been bringing audiences to their feet at large and small theaters around the country.

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 was originally produced on Broadway by William Meade, CTM Productions and James B. Freydberg.

In developing the creative vision for the show, Maltby and Meade explained.

“Although we do 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. Johnny wrote and sang about the lives we lead, regardless of where we lead them.” Maltby said. “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.”

Ring of Fire — The Music of Johnny Cash will take the stage at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18; 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20. Tickets are $29 to $45 with premium seats available for $55. Children age 12 and younger get in for $25. Tickets are available online at harriscenter.net or from Harris Center ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.

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