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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

(OUTview NW) RE-view: The All-Star Cast and Music of Centerstage's "Ring of Fire" is a 'Must-See' and worth the trip down to the South Sound!

Brown and Ilika are MAGIC!
 by MK Scott

Now, you must know that I am not a country music fan, but I do appreciate the talents of some legends like Patsy, Dolly, Hank and even Johnny Cash. I even took my mom to Million Dollar Quartet that was on tour at the Paramount in 2012 that featured actors playing Cash as well as his long time drummer, Fluke Holland, who the real Holland just happened had attended the performance, was sitting right behind my seldom stunned, Mother.

I also really enjoyed the 2005 Cash Biopic, 'Walk the Line' that garnered, Reese Witherspoon her Academy Award.

Even though, I adore Cash, it was really the actors that I was excited to see and gave me reason to trek all the way down to the curvy roads of Federal Way to the Centerstage Theater to see my pals, Tom Stewart (Children's Hour, Welcome to my Secret Lair) and Jared Michael Brown in 'Ring of Fire' a Muscial Revue of Johnny Cash.

When "Ring of Fire," a show created by Richard Maltby Jr., was on Broadway in 2006, it was a flop, closing within about six weeks of opening. Maybe it was too soon after the Oscar winning film, but in this new version is less on plot and more about the music is a concert style setting. Brown becomes the embodiment of Cash and is joined by Seattle Musical Star, Cayman Ilika as June Carter Cash and it really becomes their love story and his downward spiral from substance abuse to a quick recovery to the legend he becomes throgh the music. Both Brown and Ilika have the musical theater chops to perform the material to FAB perfection.

All Stars: Dearth, Stewart, Summers, Brown, Ilika, Tomerlin

Our Pal, Stewart joins Jack Dearth and Sean Tomerlin on guitar and they all have the vocal chops, including Stewart, who has rarely done a musical.It was nice to see the super cute, Zack Summers (American Idiot) playing drums and singing who does so well that even Holland would applaud.

It is the music that keeps the energy  and it is the cast that makes thIS a Can't Miss experience. The drive down to Federal Way is worth it.

See 'Ring of Fire' at the Centerstage in Federal Way now playing through Sunday, 2/14. Click HERE for Tix.

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