At YCPAC: Man in black meets Lonely Street
Prescott's favorite Lonely Street Productions' show, "Man in Black: The Music of Johnny Cash," starring Robert Shaw, returns Sunday for a second time and will perform in a new venue, the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.
"It's easily the most requested show we get in Prescott," Shaw said of the salute to Cash, which became one of his productions seven years ago because audiences wanted it and it "went really well."
Shaw, Tucson-based Lonely Streets' president and CEO, said relocating his shows to the college performance center from the Elks Opera House was "bittersweet," because of his appreciation for the entire opera house team. He said the move was precipitated by the sale of the Elks to a new private entity, and in looking at the growth of his company's audiences in Prescott in two years' time, moving to the college was the next logical step because it offers room to grow.
"We're thrilled to be working with Lonely Street," Randy Mayes, director of the YC Performing Arts Center, said. As part of his initiative when he took the job at the college was the promise to involve more regional and local artists with YCPAC, in addition to national entertainers, Mayes said. The performing arts center belongs to all county taxpayers, and he wants local and regional people to feel pride and ownership - that "this is their center, their artistic home. Lonely Street is a great step forward for us. It helps to fulfill what I wanted to do."
When Shaw researched for his salute to this Elvis, he learned about Johnny Cash and how many people from different walks of life that his music touched. "Everybody from bikers to college kids to grandmas love his music," he said.
Shaw and his band will entertain with such Johnny Cash hits as "Folsom Prison Blues," "Ring of Fire," "I Walk the Line" and "A Boy Named Sue."
"Man in Black" starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, which range from $13 to $26, are on sale at the YCPAC ticket office by calling 776-2000, online at www.ycpac.com or at the door an hour before the performance.