Media Release: Monday, November 16, 2009
The Man In Black - The Johnny Cash Story
with Tex Perkins and The Tennessee Four
February 9 to 21
“He also possesses the dark charisma of Cash, seems to be able to relate to the dark material of the songs and has the range to cover Cash's diverse musical palette.” The Age
Tickets on-sale November 19
Singer. Rebel. Outlaw. Hero. No matter how you describe the legendary Johnny Cash he was one of America’s most influential musicians.
Cash stood up for the downtrodden, the disenfranchised, the imprisoned and all those who had suffered a raw deal in life.
Right up until his death in 2003, Cash covered a range of genres including country, rockabilly, rock ’n’ roll, blues, folk and gospel.
Over his long career he sold more than 50 million records and his music continues to sell today.
With his driving freight-train chords, steel-eyed intensity and a voice as dark as the night, Cash revolutionised music like no other.
Now, Tex Perkins, deadset rock god and one of Australia’s most electrifying front men walks the Johnny Cash line bringing the hard-living country legend to life.
Following sold-out seasons in Melbourne and Brisbane, the multi ARIA Award-winning Perkins (Cruel Sea, Beasts of Bourbon) will lead The Tennessee Four in a night of memorable music at the Sydney Opera House Playhouse.
Written by Australian theatrical producer Jim McPherson (Menopause The Musical) who confesses to a 40-year fascination with the wildly unpredictable star, the show celebrates the life and times of one of the most incredible singers, songwriters and entertainers ever to grace the stage.
The Man in Black is two hours of Cash’s greatest hits interwoven with the story of his rise to stardom, fight for survival and eventual redemption.
The show includes two dozen hits including Folsom Prison Blues, Get Rhythm, I Walk The Line and Ring of Fire and also explores Cash’s relationship with the greatest love of his life, June Carter.
Perkins’ co-star Rachael Tidd, who has sung and acted in everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim, will interpret Carter’s dynamic vocal style.
“Perkins exudes an aura and astute authority as both man and musician” Faster Louder
Date: February 9 to 21
Time: Tuesday - Friday at 8pm. Saturday at 2pm & 8pm. Sunday at 5pm
Tickets: $55 or $45 concession
Bookings: 02 9250 7777 or sydneyoperahouse.com
Nathan McIlroy, Senior Publicist, Sydney Opera House
02 9250 7596 / 0434 121 146