It could be argued that having such a dramatic, and at times tragic, personal life was the backbone behind Johnny Cash being able to find a release through music – creating songs that emotionally resonate with those who listen. The authenticity that Cash possessed made fans fall in love with him, and granted him with a successful, yet rebellious career in the music industry. Through his lyrics, Cash told stories about his own experiences, many of which people could, and can still, relate to. Since his death, the legend of the Man in Black has been kept alive with the help of books and movies that retell his life story. His iconic music still remains relevant in pop culture, and is currently being featured in the Broadway musical Ring of Fire. 

Running now through March 25 at the Midtown Arts Center in Fort Collins, Ring of Fire doesn't necessarily retell Cash's life, as done in the movie "Walk the Line," but rather uses his music to draw in audience members who see parts of their own life within his story. Instead of having a firm plot, this production includes 38 of Cash's songs being performed on stage by musicians/actors who apply the lyrics to life's experiences. Emotions that go hand-in-hand with love, family, career, and everyday up's and down's can be found in Johnny Cash's music, which is why this production is not only a heartfelt tribute, but a journey and celebration of life itself. 

Showtimes for Ring of Fire are at 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, with matinees at 12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Midtown Arts Center is located at 3750 South Mason Street. Tickets are available at, by calling (970)225-2555 or by visiting the Midtown Arts Center box office during the hours of 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday.