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MusicalFare's 'Ring of Fire' circles back to Shea's 710

In 2016, MusicalFare Theatre took a crack at "Ring of Fire," the jukebox musical that opened with great fanfare in the former Studio Arena Theatre in 2005 but flopped on Broadway.

By most accounts, this rejiggered attempt at redemption based on a 2013 revival of the show at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, was a smashing success.

Now, the 30-song show is returning to the space where it got its start, now known as the Shea's 710 Theatre (710 Main St.). The high-octane production, which features the same multitalented cast as the 2016 revival, opens Feb. 16 and runs through March 5.

In a review of that show that served as a partial rebuke to the critics' responses to the 2006 Broadway transfer, Melinda Miller wrote that MusicalFare's take was "pared down and pepped up, and it plays out on stage as a celebration of Cash, not as an embodiment of him."

She continued: "The two-hour show goes by like a fast-moving train, carry us along with it and leaving everyone with a grand choice of tunes to be humming on the way out."

Tickets are $34 to $44. Call 847-1410 or visit


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