Denver Center Theatre Company Presents RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH, 3/23-5/13


The Denver Center Theatre Company presents the musical revue RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF Johnny Cash created by Richard Maltby, Jr. and conceived by William Meade, playing The Stage Theatre  March 23 – May 13 (opening night Thursday, March 29). Tickets can be purchased now, by calling 303.893.4100 or


Experience the music of the legendary Johnny Cash in this revue that uses more than three dozen of the singer's best-known songs to describe the journey of a man in search of his soul. Full of love and emotion, humor and empathy, the show, like all country songs, tells it like it is.

Returning as director and principal cast member is Jason Edwards (Mama Hated Diesels). The remaining cast of RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JONNY CASH includes DCTC debuting musicians Trenna Barnes, Troy Burgess and Kelli Provart as principals. Debuting as ensemble cast are Brantley Kearns (fiddle, guitar), Jeff Lisenby (keyboards, accordion), Brent Moyer (guitars, cornet),John Marshall (bass fiddle), Walter Hartman (drums) and John Foley (guitar, mandolin, harmonica, dobro). 


RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF Johnny Cash is created by Richard Maltby, Jr. and conceived by William Meade. Orchestrations are by Stephen Bishop and Jeff Lisenby and direction by Jason Edwards. Set design is by John Iacovelli (A Midsummer Night's DreamAmadeus) while costume design is by Kevin Copenhaver (22 seasons, World Premiere The WhaleDraculaMama Hated Diesels). Lighting design is by Charles R. MacLeod (279 productions/29seasons, World Premiere Two Things You Don't Talk About At Dinner, The Adventures of Tom SawyerThe Liar), sound design is by Craig Breitenbach (A Christmas Carol, To Kill a MockingbirdA Midsummer Night's Dream), and projection design is by Charlie I. Miller (American Night: The Ballad of Juan José, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The House of the Spirits). Musical direction is by Jeff Lisenby (DCTC debut). Assistant director and choreographer is Jane Lanier (DCTC debut). 


About Richard Maltby, Jr.: Richard Maltby, Jr. includes among his Broadway credits: Conceived/directed Ain't Misbehavin' (1978 Tony, NY Drama Critics, Outer Critics and Drama Desk awards. Also Tony Award for Best Director);Fosse (1999 Tony, Outer Critics and Drama Desk awards). Lyricist: Miss Saigon (Evening Standard Award 1990, Tony nomination for Best Score 1991). Director and co-lyricist of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song & Dance, 1986 (Tony Award for star Bernadette Peters). With composer David Shire: director/lyricist Baby, 1983 (book by Sybille Pearson; seven Tony Award nominations); Lyricist: Big, 1996 (book by John Weidman. Tony nomination: Best Score). Off-Broadway credits: director/lyricist Starting Here, Starting Now, 1977 (Grammy Award nomination); Closer Than Ever, 1989 (Outer Critics Circle Awards: Best Musical, Best Score). Contributes devilish crossword puzzles to Harpers Magazine. He is married to Janet Brenner; they have five children: Nicholas, David, Jordan, Emily and Charlotte. 

About William Meade: The late Bill Meade began his career as a musician. He was a featured soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Zurich Philharmonic, Prague Philharmonic, and Jacksonville Symphony. He produced concerts throughout the U.S. and Europe with artists ranging from Arlo Guthrie to BB King. Television: "The Miss America Pageant," "The Super Bowl Half Time Show," "Sex and The City," "Love Monkey," and "Sesame Street." On Broadway, he was involved with more than 50 musicals. He is a Grammy-nominated record producer with a wide range of theatrical releases to his credit, from Hello, Dolly! with Carol Channing to Elegies by William Finn.

Single tickets for RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF Johnny Cash start at $35 (non-SCFD) and also are available for $10 (SCFD 10 for $10 Program) and are on sale now. To purchase, call Denver Center Ticket Services at 303.893.4100.  For groups of 10 or more, please call 303.446.4829.  TTY (for Deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons): 303.893.9582.  Tickets also may be purchased at the Denver Center Ticket Office, located at the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby. Buy and print online at Student rush $10 tickets are available one hour prior to curtain with a valid student ID subject to availability.  Senior and military rush tickets are available one hour prior to curtain, subject to availability. No children under four will be admitted to any theatre. RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNY CASH is recommended for ages 6 and up. We encourage families to attend together.

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is supported in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.  Please visit our website at

This production of RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF Johnny Cash is a featured attraction in the Denver Center Theatre Company 2011/12 season, which is generously supported by the Ashford University, Larimer Square, SCFD, Steinberg Charitable Trust and Wells Fargo Advisors.  Media sponsorship for DCTC is provided by The Denver Post and CBS4.  Producing Partner: L. Roger Hutson. 

Special Events for RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF Johnny Cash


Perspectives on the Play | March 23 at 6pm

The DCTC's creative team provides the audience a unique perspective on the production. In The Jones. Free.


Fourth Wall | March 31 at 6:30pm

Join other 20 and 30-somethings at Fourth Wall, which includes tickets to the play and pre- and post-show parties that expand the theatrical world.  The event includes a light dinner, a ticket to one of the shows and a drink at the after-party. For more information


Talkback hosted by the Higher Education Advisory Council | April 22, post-show

Join the cast for a discussion led by members of our academic community.


General Talkbacks | April 29, post-show

Join us for a free post-show free discussion with the actors from the show


Theatre & Theology | May 1, post-show

In a continued partnership with Pastor Dan Bollman of the Rocky Mountain Evangelical Lutheran Synod, this free discussion examines the relevant connections to the productions through the theological lens.


Student Night | March 23, 7:30

Students purchase $10 tickets ahead of time on-line, in person or over the phone for these designated student nights (promo code STUDENT, valid student ID required).


ASL Interpretation/Audio Described Performance | May 6, 1:30pm


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