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.