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Celebrating Cash
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Jonathan Womack gives his wife, Shelly Womack, a spin as they dance together on stage for the first time. “We’re excited to be part of a performance at Warren Arts,” says Jonathan.

Warren Arts Foundation will be performing a foot-stompin’ salute to the Man in Black, celebrating the beloved country legend with “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash.” 

The musical will pull from Cash’s vast songbook, focusing on the story of love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption and the healing power of home and family. 

“The songs of Johnny Cash will be showcased. Although no one actually portrays him, each performer displays their own take on his music,” says co-director Kennette Dixon. “We have some really amazing talent involved. Some are cast members the audience has seen on our stage before, as well as some who are new to Warren Arts.”

More than two dozen classic hits including “I Walk the Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “A Boy Named Sue” and a title tune will be performed by 10 singers with a live band and narrators helping to tell the story. 

“This performance is a music-filled story about the great country music legend. I had heard many of his songs before, but there were many he wrote and performed which I had never discovered prior to the show,” says Dixon.

Although Cash won’t be impersonated on stage, his life story will be told through his music by an all-local cast of Warren Arts veterans and newcomers. The moving concert is directed by Dixon and Marc Pyburn.

“This performance isn’t just for an older generation who has been lifelong fans of Johnny Cash, but it will introduce him and his music to younger audience members,” says Dixon. “We have cast members of all ages.”

 “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” runs weekends from Friday, Jan. 24 to Sunday, Feb. 2 with showings on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. 

All general admission tickets are $15 per person with first-come, first-serve seating. The box office will open one hour prior to show time with the house opening 30 minutes before the performance. The musical is two hours with an intermission. 

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit warrenartstn.com or call 931-668-ARTS. Warren Arts is located at 5482 Manchester Highway.