Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A RIDE WITH BOB, Zach Theatre, February 20 - 24, 2013

hosts the Austin farewell performances of
A musical drama chronicling the life of Bob Wills
Feb. 20-24, 2013
 A Ride with Bob, Zach Theatre Austn TX

Co-written by ANNE RAPP (author of Cookie’s Fortune and Dr. T and the Women) and RAY BENSON (nine-time GRAMMY award winner)

at ZACH’s new Topfer Theatre, 202 South Lamar Blvd., (corner of Riverside Drive and South Lamar Blvd.)
Performances begin Wednesday, Feb. 20 and continue through Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.
Wednesday-Friday: 7:30 p.m. -- Saturday and Sunday: 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

To order tickets call 512-476-0541 ext. 1 or visit www.zachtheatre.org. Tickets range from $35 - $75. Bar opens one hour before showtime and remains open.

The play that started as a commemoration of Bob Wills’ 100th birthday in 2005 is coming back to Austin for one final week of shows in February 2013. This first-ever musical drama about the legendary Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys debuted in Austin in 2005 and has since enjoyed great success in more than 70 performances in 19 cities.

“Every true-blue Texan needs to see this musical!” —PegasusNews.com

In 1973, just after the release of Asleep at the Wheel’s first album, young bandleader Ray Benson was invited to Dallas to meet the great Bob Wills. Upon his arrival, he learned Wills was not feeling well, and the meeting was postponed for the next morning. But the conversation Benson was so eager to have with his idol never happened; that same night Wills had a stroke and went into a life-ending coma. In A RIDE WITH BOB, Benson finally gets to have his long-anticipated conversation, albeit with the Spirit of Bob, who visits him on the Asleep at the Wheel bus late one night.

The fascinating and sometimes outrageous stories of Wills’ career, his contribution to American music, and his raucous personal life unfold in thrilling theatrical detail, and through the process Benson rediscovers his own passion and commitment as a bandleader and standard-bearer for Western swing music. The drama includes live performances of 15 of Wills’ most famous songs, including “San Antonio Rose,” “Faded Love,” “Cherokee Maiden,” “Take Me Back to Tulsa,” and many more.

 Read more at AustinLiveTheatre.com . . . .

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