Another day, Another Movie Opening!
'Tis the season for movie premieres!
For the second time in one week I've heard the sound of screams. No, I'm not going crazy, it's movie premiere time in New York! Last week it was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at the Ziegfeld, and the screams were extremely high-pitched. Last night those screams were heard outside the Beacon Theatre, where Walk The Line was opening. They had put down black carpet (instead of red, I guess for Johnny Cash) and the paparazzi were snapping, flashbulbs were popping and this time slightly lower-pitched screams were heard for Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. I couldn't help but think what great timing this was, considering the buzz on Ring Of Fire, which opens on Broadway in February.
Do they plan this stuff? Or does the cosmos just say, hey, it's time for a big Johnny Cash fix?
The Great White Way will welcome The Man in Black -- or at least his essence -- in February 2006.
Ring of Fire, the new musical that celebrates the world and sound of late singer-songwriter Johnny Cash, will begin Broadway previews Feb. 8, 2006, leading to an opening of March 12.
As previously reported, the Richard Maltby Jr.-directed project (which earned solid reviews in a regional test run) will play the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th Street.
Ring of Fire was created by Tony Award winner Maltby (Ain't Misbehavin', Fosse, Baby) and William Meade. The show will have musical direction by Jeff Lisenby and choreography by Lisa Shriver.
Ring of Fire is presented by William Meade, CTM Productions, G-Four Productions, Robert Cuillo and James B. Freydberg, who also serves as executive producer.
A new motion picture, "Walk the Line," telling the story of Cash, will be released later this year. It stars Joaquin Phoenix as Cash and Reese Witherspoon as his wife June Carter. If it's a hit, it could fuel interest in the coincidental Broadway property.