So-called “jukebox musicals” have not had much success on Broadway since the arrival of the megahit “Mamma Mia!” in 2001. Among the shows closing at a loss have been “Good Vibrations” (the Beach Boys), “All Shook Up” (Elvis Presley) and “Lennon” (John Lennon). But they still keep coming.
“Jersey Boys,” celebrating Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, opens Nov. 6, and “Ring of Fire, the Johnny Cash Musical Show,” arrives in February.
Such Cash standards as “I Walk the Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “A Boy Named Sue” and “Daddy Sang Bass” will be showcased in the musical. The production doesn’t put Cash on stage but instead creates an impressionistic picture of the man, his music and the times in which he lived. Cash died in 2003.
“Ring of Fire” was created by Richard Maltby Jr. and William Meade. Maltby, the man behind the Fats Waller revue “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” directs.