A new musical exploring the life of the late country giant Johnny Cash is expected to come to Broadway.
Titled “Johnny & June,” in reference to Cash’s longtime partner and musical collaborator June Carter Cash, the musical is being directed by Des McAnuff. Media mogul and former Sony music boss Tommy Mottola is producing the musical with Dodgers Theatricals.
McAnuff and Robert Cary are writing the musical’s narrative. The production has yet to announce who will take on the role of Cash.
McAnuff previously collaborated with Mottola on musicals including Bob Dylan‘s “Girl From the North Country,” “Groundhog Day,” “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” and “A Bronx Tale: The Musical.”
A previous musical based on Cash’s songs, “Ring of Fire,” opened on Broadway in 2006.
“Man in Black,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “I Walk the Line,” “Ring of Fire,” “A Boy Named Sue,” and “Get Rhythm,” are some of the most famous signature tunes by Grammy winner Johnny Cash, who sold more than 90 million records. He passed away on September 12, 2003. June Carter Cash died a few months earlier, on May 15, 2003.
Cash was previously the subject of the highly successful motion picture, Walk The Line, which was released in 2005. The movie charted his early life, rise to fame, and relationship with June Carter.
Reese Witherspoon, who portrayed June in that movie, won an Oscar for Best Actress, while Joaquin Phoenix, as Johnny, was nominated for Best Actor.
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