RING OF FIRE – The Music of Johnny Cash
Created by Richard Maltby, Jr.
Conceived by William Meade
Richard Maltby, Jr. (Creator, Adap¬tation) includes among his Broad¬way credits Ain’t Misbehavin’, which he conceived and directed (1978 Tony, New York Drama Crit¬ics Award, Outer Critics Award, and Drama Desk Award, as well as Tony Award for Best Director). He also won a 1999 Tony Award for Best Direc¬tor and an Outer Critics Award and Drama Desk Award for Fosse. Mr. Maltby was the lyricist for Miss Saigon (Evening Standard Award 1990, Tony nomination for Best Score 1991), as well as the director and co-lyricist of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song & Dance in 1986 (Tony Award for star Bernadette Peters).
Along with com¬poser David Shire, Mr. Maltby was the director and lyricist for BABY, 1983 (book by Sybille Pearson; seven Tony Award nominations) and lyricist for Big in 1996 (book by John Weidman, Tony Award nomination for Best Score).
Off-Broadway, he was the director and lyricist for Starting Here, Starting New in 1977 (Grammy Award nomination) and Closer Than Ever in 1989 (Outer Critics Circle Awards: Best Musical, Best Score). Mr. Maltby contributes devilish cross¬word puzzles to Harper’s Magazine. He is married to Janet Brenner and has five children: Nicholas, David, Jordan, Emily and Charlotte.
William Meade (Concept) began his career as a musician. He has been a featured soloist with numerous or¬chestras, including the Zurich Phil¬harmonic, Prague Philiharmonic, and Jacksonville Symphony. He has pro¬duced concerts throughout the U.S. and Europe with artists ranging from Arlo Guthrie to BB King. Television credits include: The Miss America Pageant, The Superbowl Half Time Show, Sex and the City, Love Monkey, and Sesame Street. On Broadway, he has been involved with more than 50 musicals. William is a Grammy-nom¬inated record producer with a wide range of theatrical releases to his credit, from Hello, Dolly! with Carol Chan¬ning to Elegies with William Finn.
Jason Edwards (Adaptation) appeared at Arizona Theatre Company as Woody Guthrie in Woody Guth¬rie’s American Song in the 2010-11 Season. As guest director, his work has been seen in theatres across the United States includ¬ing Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Denver Center Theatre, Ac¬tors’ Theatre of Louisville, Reper¬tory Theatre of St. Louis, Arkansas Repertory, Florida Studio Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre, La Mi¬rada Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Chicago’s Marriott Theatre, Totem Pole Playhouse, Casa Mañana Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Barter Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre, FCLO Music Theatre, Cabrillo Music Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, and Riverside Theatre, among others. On Broad¬way, Mr. Edwards starred in Ring of Fire and is featured on the original cast recording. He was also assis¬tant director to Richard Maltby, Jr., and co-adapter of the small cast edi¬tion of Ring of Fire. He has toured nationally in Pump Boys & Dinettes (also director), The Will Rogers Fol¬lies (with Larry Gatlin), and Man of La Mancha (with John Raitt). Off-Broadway credits include Of Mice and Men, Johnny Guitar, Honky Tonk Angel, and Cowboy. On television, he has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, Country Music Televi¬sion (with Ricky Skaggs), MTV (with Lou Reed). He re¬ceived a Florida Theatre Award (The Music Man). Jason Edwards passed in 2016.