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This is one hot summer at the Ivoryton Playhouse.  Having just closed a smash-hit run of The Producers, we are now rehearsing, building and promoting Ring of Fire:  The Music of Johnny Cash – another musical sure to please crowds throughout Connecticut.

Ring of Fire opens August 10

Opening August 10, Ring of Fire is a celebration of the life and music of Johnny Cash.

The musical takes for its marquee the title of one of the hit tunes of American singer-songwriter Cash. But the show, conceived by William Meade and created by Richard Maltby Jr., drawing on a cache of Cash songs, is not a biography of The Man in Black.

The cast of Ring of Fire

In 38 musical numbers, a mosaic of American experience is pieced together in Ring of Fire, the creators say. There’s a scene about keeping the love fires burning in middle age (“While I’ve Got It On My Mind”), there’s a scene with generations of a family sharing a meal (and sharing music) in “Daddy Sang Bass,” there’s the second-act opener about life travels (“I’ve Been Everywhere”), even a section with a chain gang (“Folsom Prison Blues”).

Maltby said, “It’s about home and family and getting together and loving somebody and having a backyard and generations living together, it’s about what holds you together in the face of a hard life, it’s about the really basic family values.”

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

The show’s song list includes Cash’s “Country Boy,” “A Thing Called Love,” “Five Feet High and Rising,” “Daddy Sang Bass,” “Ring of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “I’ve Been Everywhere,” “The Man in Black,” and his final hit, “Hurt.”

David Lutken* , just back from London’s West End where he had a terrific run with his new show Woody Sez, about the legendary Woody Guthrie, directs and appears in this production. David was a member of the original Broadway company of Ring of Fire. Staging and choreography is by Sherry Stregack and musical direction by Eric Anthony*. Cast includes John Rochette*, who was seen last summer at the Playhouse in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story and Finian’s Rainbow, Scott Sowers*, Helen Russell*, Deb Lyons*, Megan Loomis*, Michael Hicks*, Jon Brown* and Eric Anthony*.

Ring of Fire  opens on August 10th  and runs thru September 4th  for 4 weeks. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are $40 for adults, $35 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at  (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

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One of the largest productions ever attempted at the Ivoryton Playhouse opens today.  The Producers features a cast of 20, huge sets, unbelievable costumes and a whole lot of talent on stage!  Photos from dress rehearsal just released.  Click here to see images from this fantastic show!  Don’t miss The Producers at the Ivoryton Playhouse – running until July 31.  Tickets on sale now – (860) 767 7318.

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Thanks to Anne Hudson for these great shots from  the Ivoryton Playhouse production of Barefoot in the Park.  This timeless Neil Simon classic opens today and runs until June 26.

Follow this link to view the new photos!

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The British are coming!!

Rehearsals for How The Other Half Loves have had everyone in stitches!  This show is F-U-N-N-Y!!  If you love british humo(u)r grab your tickets now!  And the costuming process has been a hoot.  If it’s made of 100% polyester – it’s in!  And the set!  Multiple table settings, handmade wallpaper, and….um…cuckoo clocks???  It’s all in the details, folks!  How The Other Half Loves opens next Wednesday, April 13.  Put the kettle on then call the Playhouse for tickets today.

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A sold out crowd sent the cast of The Irish on their way back to Tipperary this past Sunday as the highly successful show closed at the Ivoryton Playhouse.  Thank you to Morgan, Michael, Kathleen and Annie who made the run so enjoyable!

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Photos courtesy of Anne Hudson.

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On your radio…

Listen to our new radio spot for The Irish and How They Got That Way.

Ivoryton Playhouse-The Irish…And How They Got That Way

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