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If you’re in the mood for a lively concert type evening, head over to the Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., in Aurora. The musical runs weekends through Aug. 6.
As director Kelly Van Oosbree says in her notes, “It has been very exciting to watch this particular group create their Cash sound. It has also been a great deal of fun to have these musicians become actors and these actors to develop their musicianship.”
The immensely talented group of actors/musicians includes, in alphabetical order, Ray Anderson who has a wonderful, rich bass voice, and plays the bass; Benjamin Cowhick who was awarded a Henry Award from the Colorado Theatre Guild, for Best Supporting Actor for “Good Television” (Aurora Fox 2015), has appeared in a number of productions in the metro area; Isabella Duran, singer, instrumentalist, and music teacher wowed the audience with many tunes; however, my personal favorite was “I’ve Been Everywhere.” S. Parker Goubert is another multi-talented musician, singer and guitar player. Drummer Kurt Ochsner did a fine job of keeping the beat, and even “sang” one line. Music Director Eric Weinstein is crazy talented. He sings, plays a mean piano, along with several other instruments. He’s been active in the area theater community for over 25 years. He is also an arranger, playwright, and composer.
The group did all the Cash favorites including, “Hurt,” “Country Boy,” “Sweet Bye and Bye,” “Daddy Sang Bass,” “Ring of Fire,” of course, “Sunday Morning, Coming Down,” “Going to Memphis,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Man in Black,” I would have loved to have heard Ray Anderson take lead on that tune. His rich, deep voice would have served the song very well. Cowhick has a pleasant voice, but lacks power. The show was rounded out with “I Walk The Line,” “The Far Side Banks of Jordon,” “Why Me, Lord?” and “Hey Porter.”
The Music of Johnny Cash “Ring of Fire” was one of the most enjoyable evenings at the theater I’ve had in quite some time. It was uplifting, joyful, melodic, and just plain fun. It’s well worth the drive to Aurora for this splendid evening of music and laughter. The cast is beyond impressive. Make the trip; you’ll be glad you did.
For tickets and information, call 303-856-7830 or visit VintageTheater.org. Performances are Friday and Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. through Aug. 6.
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