Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

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Johnny Cash was one of the most revered storytellers in American music. Now, his remarkable life story is told through his iconic songbook—from “I Walk the Line” and “Folsom Prison Blues” to “Country Boy” and “A Boy Named Sue.” With a cast of performers playing their own instruments, Ring of Fire takes audiences on a rousing adventure of love, faith, and struggle—told with the strength, humor, and authenticity that made Cash a music legend.

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Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, created by Richard Maltby, Jr., conceived by William Meade, and adapted from the Broadway production by Richard Maltby Jr. and Jason Edwards, will play June 1 - July 2, 2022 in FST's Gompertz Theatre. 

Run Time: 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. www.theatricalrights.com



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Director | Ben Hope
Artistic Oversight | Catherine Randazzo
Music Director | Eric Scott Anthony
Scenic Design | Ben Hope
Scenic Adaptation | Bruce Price
Costume Design | Katie Barton
Lighting Design | Andrew Gray
Sound Design | Thom Korp
Stage Manager | Roy Johns


Johnny Cash/Scott | Scott Moreau
Man 1/Eric | Eric Scott Anthony
Man 2/Morgan | Morgan Morse
Woman 1/Elizabeth | Elizabeth Nestlerode
Woman 2/Katie | Katie Barton

Eric Scott Anthony was last at FST in 2016 for Yesterday. Broadway: Ring of Fire.  National Tour: BUDDY (MD/Norm Petty), Pump Boys & Dinettes (Jackson). Regional: Ring of Fire (Flat Rock Playhouse, Merry Go Round Playhouse, and Arrow Rock Lyceum); Million Dollar Quartet (MSMT, Cincinnati Playhouse, and St. Louis Rep); BUDDY (Lyric Theatre of OK, Westchester B-way, Flat Rock Playhouse, and Ogunquit Playhouse); and Hank Williams: Lost Highway (Flat Rock and Merry Go Round Playhouses). A St. Louis native, Eric was a section leader and soloist with the St Louis Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

Katie Barton | A native of Georgia, Katie studied musical theatre at Birmingham-Southern College. She continued her education with apprenticeships at Flat Rock Playhouse and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Favorite past roles include: Dyanne - MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET (Broadway National Tour, Las Vegas, NCL Getaway), Girl - ONCE, Tammy Wynette - STAND BY YOUR MAN, June Carter Cash - RING OF FIRE, Lucy - DRACULA. She currently lives in Sparta, NJ with her husband, fellow performer, director, and producer Ben Hope.

Scott Moreau | FST debut! Scott is from Litchfield, ME, and holds a BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University. Scott is best known for playing Johnny Cash on the first National Tour of Million Dollar Quartet, a role he has played more than 1,000 times in regional theatres across the country. His Johnny Cash tribute CD, recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis, TN, is available for purchase in the lobby. Proud member of Actors' Equity. www.ultimatejohnnycash.com www.scottmoreau.com

Morgan Morse (He/Him) is an actor, musician, and writer originally from Connecticut. Selected credits: Southern Comfort (The Public Theater), Once, Godspell, and Stand By Your Man (Ivoryton Playhouse), Once (Cape Playhouse), and Ring of Fire everywhere from Houston to Vienna. In 2021, he co-wrote and performed in The Porch On Windy Hill, a new play that premiered at the Ivoryton Playhouse. He also writes and performs original music, and makes comedy videos online: linktr.ee/themorsecoda

Elizabeth Nestlerode | Off-Broadway: The Other Josh Cohen (Diane Cohen). New York: Gypsy (Louise). Regional: Once (Girl) at Florida Studio Theatre, Cape Playhouse, Actors Playhouse, and St. Michael’s Playhouse; Ring of Fire (June), Violet (Violet), …Spelling Bee (Olive), Buddy Holly (Vi Petty - director Hunter Foster), 54 Forever (director Tommy Tune), and It’s A Wonderful Life (Mary Bailey). University of Miami - BFA. A small business owner with courses for emerging and established professional actors. Learn more @elizabethnestlerode or www.elizabethnestlerode.com.

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Empowering Voices  I  June 25, 2022  I  Johnny Cash's advocacy for incarcerated people seen in FST's RIng of Fire

Sarasota Herald-Tribune  I  May 30, 2022  I  Florida Studio Theatre steps into Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire


The Observer
"Heartbreaking to the hilarious"
"Incredibly moving"
"A crowd-pleaser"

Sarasota Magazine
"With FST's Ring of Fire, The Man in Black is Back"
"Will take you to a special place or moment in your life"
"It would be hard not to be impressed"

Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Fun and entertaining"
"Music gives the show a moving spirit"

Total Theater
"Amazing virtuosity"
"Deserves praise"

Venice Gondolier-Sun
"All about the music"
"Scott Moreau...brings Cash to life on the Gompertz stage in both voice and mannerisms"


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A Note from the Director of Ring of Fire, Ben Hope

A Boy Named Cash

"The Man in Black" Comes to FST


Johnny Cash helped shape country music but is also considered to be a forefather of Rock & Roll. Here’s a photographic look back at his career | SEE MORE 

The last song that Johnny Cash ever recorded, “Hurt,” was originally written and recorded by Nine Inch Nails and written by the group’s lead vocalist, Trent Reznor. Read why Reznor says that the song belongs to Cash now. | READ MORE

While Johnny Cash passed away in 2003, his memory lives on and his contributions to music history are recorded on his official website | VISIT HERE 

“Ring of Fire,” the song that this show is named after, became one of Johnny Cash’s biggest hits. Discover who wrote the song, what the song means, and more. | LEARN MORE 

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