The Village Repertory Co. has done what every theater strives to accomplish: produce a performance its fans can’t do without.
Red White and Cash, which the theater started producing in 2009, highlights the music that Johnny Cash produced throughout his lifetime and the impact he had on this country’s music and entertainment. According to Village Rep and Woolfe Street Playhouse artistic director Keely Enright, it’s one of their fans’ favorites. Over the last few years, it’s become one of the theater’s top annual events.
Given that it’s tribute to one of America’s greatest musicians, it seemed like the perfect show to perform over the Fourth of July. Last year, however, the theater decided to take a break and did not perform this particular show. “So many people were so disappointed that we promised to bring it back,” Enright says.
While the performers of the show are singing Cash’s music, this is not an impersonation of the star himself. Rather, it is a celebration of all that he accomplished. Michael Easler, Dusty Bryant, Kathy Summer, and Jenna Brinson will be playing characters in different time periods while covering the various music of Cash’s life.
What makes this show unique, Enright says, is how the actors and band members all perform together as one big cast. Enright says, “If you are a Johnny Cash fan, you are going to have a great time. If you don’t know a thing about Johnny Cash, you will come away with a great appreciation for his music, and wanting to know more about who he was.”
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