‘Ring of Fire’ is a musical journey spanning the life of Johnny Cash. It features over 30 of his most beloved songs performed by a company of 10. The songs follow his life starting out in the cotton fields of Arkansas to his performance at the Grand Ole Opry to his love of June Carter and his infamous Folsom prison concert. Every song is performed 100% live by this talented cast who hail from all over the country.
Johnny Cash is undoubtedly an American treasure whose songs have transcended time and genre. The choreography of Paula Hammons Sloan and musical direction of Steve Steiner present the songs of Cash in a creative non-intrusive way that highlights the spirit in which they were written. “In the Sweet By and By,” the angelic voice of Allison Fund soars and hits you in the heart about the pain of loss. The entire cast, each playing a guitar, gets the crowd singing along to the classic “I’ve Been Everywhere.” Several of the men from the cast portray the dreariness of prison in “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the crooning of Stephen Brunson and Amberly Ronsen will turn up the heat in the theater when they sing “While I’ve Got it On My Mind.” Whether it’s your first time hearing a song (it was my first time hearing “Egg Suckin’ Dog”) or the 1,000th time, you’ll appreciate the energy and genuine love that the cast and crew put into each and every performance.
Ring of Fire is playing now through February 2nd at Laguna Playhouse.
When you go to the show be sure to arrive a little early to get one of the drink specials from the bar. Johnny’s favorite drinks, Jack & Coke and Jack & Ginger, are offered at a discounted price.
Insider’s Tip: Don’t leave too quickly after the bows at the end of the show. There’s a special surprise.
By Anne-Marie S