Theatre at the Center Presents the Chicago Area Premiere of RING OF FIRE- THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH

Ring of Fire Michael Goodman 1From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes a unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family. Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana, ignites their 2014 season of Premieres with RING OF FIRE- THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH Thursday, February 20 through March 30 with a press opening Sunday, February 23.  More than 35 of Cash’s hit songs including “I Walk the Line”, “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and the title tune, paint a musical portrait of The Man in Black that promises to be a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to the uniquely American Legend. Leading the cast as “Johnny Cash” will be Kent Lewis with Jeff Award-winner Cory Goodrich starring as “June Carter” and Michael Goodman as “Young Johnny”. Four talented multi-instrumentalist/performers round out the cast – Greg Hirte, Malcolm Ruhl, Billy Shaffer, and William Underwood.

The musical revue RING OF FIRE- THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH guides audiences on a journey through Cash’s storied life and celebrated music, from the cotton fields of Arkansas to the Grand Ole Opry.  The show was created by Richard Maltby, Jr., conceived by William Meade, with orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby.  This version is a re-imagining of the original Broadway production, more intimate, but with a full musical soundscape.

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 production has brought audiences to their feet at large and small theaters around the country.  The New York Postcalls the production “Effective, funny and imaginatively presented,” “Ring of Fire is HOT!” declares Variety.  “It’s touching and exuberant,” says the Associated Press.

Directing the Theatre at the Center production will be Brian Russell with Musical Direction by Malcolm Ruhl.  The design team includes Scenic Designer Angie Miller; Lighting Designer Shelley Strasser-Holland; Sound Designer Barry G. Funderburg; Costume Designer Brenda Winstead and Props Designer Jessie Howe.  TATC’s Artistic Director is William Pullinsi, the Stage Manager is Rebecca Green, the Technical Director is Ann Davis; and TATC’s General Manager is Richard Friedman.

Founded in 1991, Theatre at the Center is a year-round professional theater at its home, The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana.  Theatre at the Center is Located off I-80/94, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago, and has free parking.

Performances are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m.; and select Thursday evening andSaturday matinees.  Individual ticket prices range from $40 – $44.  To purchase individual tickets call the Box Office at 219.836.3255 or at800.511.1552.  Group discounts are available for groups of 11 or more and gift certificates are also available. New 2014 Season Subscriptions are on sale now.  New subscriptions range from $150 – $160 and make the perfect holiday gift!  For more information on Theatre at the Center,