Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Ring of Fire
The fifth show of the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse's 2010 season, Ring of Fire, is a musical revue based on songs associated with Johnny Cash.
From the opening number to the final song, a talented cast of nine performers amazed those in attendance. A spirited encore featured David Lutken dancing while playing the harmonica with no hands.
"Ring of Fire" is not per se a Johnny Cash biography. Although Neil Friedman does emote Cash while singing why Cash wore black.
The Grand Ole Opry section and the song, "A Boy Named Sue", drew laughs.
David Lutken’s cover of "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" gave the audience a sense of Cash's loneliness and pain. (Just recently purchased Jerry Lee Lewis's recent album, “Mean Old Man”. Killer also covers this Kristoffer "Kris" Kristofferson song.)
Joan and I left the performance delighted by the talent and energy we saw displayed this evening.
Previous productions this summer:
The Drowsy Chaperone
Meet Me in St. Louis
Man of La Mancha