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Musical Mar 25 - Apr 17, 2011
Stand By Your Man:
The Tammy Wynette Story

by Mark St. Germain
A co-production with Heritage Music Theatre

The woman behind the legend and the incredible songs that made her the first lady of country music leaps off the stage and into your heart. Through her eyes, the audience relives her journey from the cotton fields of Mississippi to international superstar. With comic flare and dramatic impact, Stand by Your Man recounts triumphs and tragedies and explores Tammy’s relationships with the five husbands she stood by, including George Jones; her beloved daughters; her strong-willed mother and two of her dearest friends: colorful writer and producer Billy Sherrill and film star Burt Reynolds. Among the 26 songs are “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” “Til I Can Make It on My Own” and “Golden Ring.”



"...Cinnabar’s production of 'Stand by Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story' offers a perfectly entertaining set of songs and a glimpse into the country singer’s life. The cast does a solid job all around, but ultimately a show like this comes down to the music. With a powerful voice, Rider does a fantastic job singing the role of Tammy, and the six-piece backing band is top-notch."

"Kudos go to director Elizabeth Craven for making 'Stand By Your Man' such a stand up winner. The show features powerhouse singer Shannon Rider in the title role, and this gal can act as well as she sings."

"....Shannon Rider of the Shannon Rider Band....does an excellent job belting out the classic country tunes and portraying Tammy, helping us see a little of what 'The First Lady of Country' went through in her lifetime. The play was entertaining .... I would recommend this play to anyone that loves music and theater, whether you are a country fan or not. You will walk away entertained and having learned something of the life of a very talented and famous woman."


"Shannon Rider, who stars as Tammy Wynette, performs an astonishing 30 songs...Rider, a musician in her own right for over 10 years, played well against co-star Jim Peterson as Wynette’s most famous husband, musician George Jones. There was good chemistry between the two and their duets, including 'We’re Not The Jet Set,' were musical highlights. Not to mention each number backed by an outstanding six-piece country band that included musicians Dave Zirbel, Chris Rovetti, Jim Peterson, Tim Sarter, Stuart Rabinowitz and Paul Urquhart.
"The nearly 2½ hour performance exhibited clever staging with minimal props, great vintage costumes...The music is entertaining and if you like biographical stories that reveal complexities of character, don’t miss 'Stand By Your Man,' playing now through April 17th at the Cinnabar Theater."

Mario Echevarria's review of STAND BY YOUR MAN

El grupo del Cinnabar es increíble, ha conseguido un equipo de artistas con voces fenomenales, parece que uno esta escuchando a Tammy Wynette (Shannon Rider) o a George Jones (Jim Peterson) en persona. George Jones era en su época, considerado como el rey de la muisca Country y Tammy Wynette, su reina. Para completar este reinado, ambos contraen nupcias y cantan bellas melodías, alegrando al público que aplaude desenfrenadamente.

La dirección de Elizabeth Craven es impecable, transmite la esencia de la época y sobretodo el espíritu del autor Mark St.Germain. Esta es una obra ganadora, muy recomendable para todas las edades.



Saturday March 26, at 5:30pm Cinnalounge
Join us for an enlightening preshow soireé at the Pelican Art Gallery, 143 Petaluma Blvd. N. Meet the Cinnabar board, hear an expert speak on topics related to the program, and enjoy light supper and wine. Cinnalounges are special to CinnaClub Members: donors at the $500 level or more. The evening includes a post-show Q&A with cast and crew - open to all.

Single Tickets: $35 General
$32 Seniors 65 and Over
$25 For our Under 30s

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‘Stand By Your Man’

Cinnabar Theater presents the story of legendary country singer Tammy Wynette

Tammy Wynette was known as the first lady of country music, but she was also called the queen of heartbreak, singing with raw emotion and a willingness to bear her soul.

Shannon Rider stars as Tammy Wynette, with Jim Peterson as George Jones, in “Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story,” opening at Cinnabar Theater on Friday, March 25. Photo by Eric Chazankin

Wynette’s honesty as a songwriter and emotion-laden voice made her one of country music’s legends, and her life is being celebrated with Cinnabar Theater and Heritage Music Theatre’s production of “Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story,” opening Friday, March 25.

“She got that title of first lady of country music from being the first lady to sell a million country albums,” said Shannon Rider, who portrays Tammy Wynette in Cinnabar’s upcoming show. “I learned a lot of things about her that I didn’t know before, and I bet a lot of people didn’t know. She suffered from various health problems and had to have more than 30 operations in her lifetime. It’s very sad, but that’s what led to her getting hooked on drugs. She became quite an addict. It’s a very sad aspect of her life.”

A Santa Rosa resident and country musician herself, Rider has traveled up and down California for the past 15 years with her group, the Shannon Rider Band.

She admits it’s been a challenge to figure out how to portray Wynette in a way that communicates who she was rather than just imitate the artist. Full article here...

Press Democrat: Musicals coming to Sonoma County theaters this spring Dan Taylor

...Craven opens “Stand by Your Man,” starring Shannon Rider as country star Tammy Wynette, also at the Cinnbar.

The show features a live stage band and 26 classic hit tunes, but it's not a tribute concert, Craven said. “The play spans 44 years of her life. During the course of the evening, we meet all five of her husbands,” she explained.

Press Democrat Events

Stand by Your Man" recounts the triumphs and tragedies of country music star Tammy Wynette. The musical features over 25 of Wynette's hit songs as it follows her journey from the cotton fields of Mississippi to international stardom. Presented by Cinnabar Theater and Heritage Musical Theatre and featuring Shannon Rider as Tammy Wynette, Jim Peterson as George Jones and mollie boice as MeeMaw.




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