Due to public demand, Florida Studio Theater (FST) announces the extension of its first Summer Mainstage production, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash.
Ring of Fire uses Johnny Cash’s rich songbook to tell his inspiring life story. Created by Richard Maltby, Jr., designed by William Meade and adapted from the Broadway production by Maltby, Jr. and Jason Edwards, Ring of Fire will now air at FST’s Gompertz Theater for an additional week until June 26, 2022. Tickets are on sale now at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or 941.366.9000.
“We’re thrilled that Ring of Fire has been expanded!” said Ben Hope, the show’s director. “Johnny Cash’s life story is truly inspiring, and his music resonates with people across generations. He was an incredible songwriter and storyteller. His lyrics have that rare, simplistic sophistication, and he wrote on everything – romance, humor, drama, intrigue, patriotism, humanity, spirituality, rejoicing, family, isolation, justice, love… the list goes on. There’s something for everyone with Ring of Fire.”
Johnny Cash was one of America’s most revered music storytellers and one of the best-selling artists of the last century, with over 90 million records sold worldwide. Over his 50-year career, Cash has recorded 96 albums and over 1,500 songs spanning multiple genres including country, gospel, rock & roll, folk and blues. Ring of Fire is a raw and catchy tribute to “The Man in Black” himself, featuring over two dozen of Cash’s best-known songs, such as “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Cry, Cry, Cry”, ” I Walk the Line” and “A Boy Named Sue”.
“Johnny Cash is an American icon and the embodiment of the American dream, rising from meager beginnings to become one of the most famous and influential artists in the world,” said Scott Moreau, who plays the music legend in the production of TSPs. “He had a lot of trouble along the way but eventually found forgiveness and redemption. What’s not to love about this story?”
Eric Scott Anthony (Yesterday, 2006), Katie Barton (FST Debut), Morgan Morse (FST Debut) and Elizabeth Nestlerode (Once, 2018) will join Moreau on stage to take the audience on an adventure of love, faith and struggle .
Due to public demand, FST is extending the broadcast of Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash for an additional week. This engaging musical biography will now air at FST’s Gompertz Theater until June 26, 2022.
The Florida Studio Theater (FST) is Sarasota’s contemporary theater. Founded in 1973, FST has grown into a five-theatre village located in the heart of downtown Sarasota. Each theater is small in size and big in impact, providing an intimate and engaging setting for high quality professional performances.
Today, FST has established itself as a major force in American theater. FST is the largest subscription theater in the State of Florida and one of the largest in the country, serving over 230,000 spectators each year in its various programs: Mainstage, Cabaret, Stage III, Children’s Theatre, The FST School , New Play Development, and FST Improv.
Even with its growth, Florida Studio Theater remains firmly committed to making the arts accessible and affordable to as many people as possible. Under the direction of Artistic Director Producer Richard Hopkins, FST develops theater that speaks to our living, evolving and dynamically changing world. Hip and historic, entertaining and thought-provoking, we are the theater where the street meets the elite – where everyone is invited to engage in the art of theater.