The Man In Black, a celebration of the music of Johnny Cash
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Apr 20, 2009 - 8:16 AM

Starring Scott Keeton, a Descendant of the Cash Family, and His Roadhouse Blues Band

Scott Keeton
The Award-winning Downtown Cabaret Theatre presents the world debut of The Man In Black, a live stage and media celebration of the music of the great Johnny Cash starring Scott Keeton. Keeton, an actual distant cousin of the Cash clan, and his band pay homage to one of the greatest performers of all time in The Man In Black which opens Thursday, May 14 and continues through Sunday, May 24 (2009).

As a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Johnny Cash wrote more than a thousand songs, recorded numerous albums and performed in concerts, in prisons, on television and radio from the 1950s until just before his death at the age of 71 in 2003. Cash was the recipient of 14 Grammy Awards and he was inducted into The Songwriters, The Country Music and The Rock and Roll Halls of Fame. Johnny Cash was married to June Carter Cash, and his daughter is Roseanne Cash.

The Man In Black starring Scott Keeton features the evolution of Johnny Cash’s music and pays astute attention to the era in which he lived and performed. According to Keeton, “the only thing missing from the public’s renewed interest in Johnny Cash was the up close and personal LIVE experience of his music. That’s why I developed The Man In Black.”

Keeton has an uncanny ability to encapsulate the essence of Johnny Cash without actually imitating him. In fact, when Keeton introduces himself to the audience he makes it clear that he is not doing an impression by stating ”Hello, I am not Johnny Cash.” Each performance is a celebration of the music of Johnny Cash and is guaranteed to stay with every patron long after the show.

Scott Keeton, one of most accomplished rock and roll performers of our time, has been a professional musician for over 20 years. Born in Oklahoma, his family tree actually shows a direct line (his Great-Great-Great Grandmother on his father’s side was Frances ‘Fannie’ Cash) to the Cash family making him a distant cousin to the Man in Black. Keeton has toured the world and shared stages with Eric Idle of Monty Python fame, Bo Diddley, (who told Keeton “You do the best Johnny Cash I’ve ever heard”), Magic Slim and Dick Dale as well as playing Carnegie Hall with Art Garfunkel.

Some of the songs featured in The Man In Black include: “Folsom Prison,” “Cry Cry, Cry,” “Get Rhythm,” “Big River,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Busted,” “Cocaine Blues,” “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” “Daddy Sang Bass,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” “The Ballad of Ira Hayes,” “Hurt,” “I Walk the Line,” “It Ain't Me, Babe,” “Jackson,” “Ring of Fire,” “Man In Black,” “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” “25 Minutes to Go,” and “Green, Green Grass” among numerous others.

Each performance of The Man In Black is a celebration of the music of the great Johnny Cash, and is guaranteed to stay with every patron long after the show.

Joining Keeton on stage will be Ashley DePascale, a West Haven native, as June Carter Cash. Ashley is a graduate of the University of Connecticut where she was an active performer with Connecticut Repertory Theatre in such productions as Into the Woods and Cabaret.

The Man In Black will play the following schedule:

Thursday, May 14 at 7:30pm (Family Night final dress rehearsal – all tickets $19)
Friday, May 15 at 7:30pm
Saturday, May 16 at 5:30
Saturday, May 16 at 8:30pm
Sunday, May 17 at 5:30pm
Thursday, May 21 at 7:30pm (Family Night – all tickets $19)
Friday, May 22 (SOLD-OUT – Private Performance)
Saturday, May 23 at 5:30pm
Saturday, May 23 at 8:30pm
Sunday, May 24 at 5:30pm

The Downtown Cabaret Theatre is located at 263 Golden Hill Street in Bridgeport, Connecticut.


Thursday Family Nights (ONLY) - all tickets are $19.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances - all tickets are $33.
Group rates for 16+ seats (Friday, Saturday & Sunday performances ONLY) receive a 10% discount.

Tickets can be reserved:

By Phone: Box Office: 203.576.1636…select option 0

In Person: at box office located 263 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, Connecticut

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By US Mail:

The Man In Black
c/o Downtown Cabaret Theatre
263 Golden Hill Street
Bridgeport, Ct. 06604

Box Office Hours:
Tuesdays through Thursdays - 10am to 4:30pm
Fridays - 10am to 7:30pm
Saturdays & Sundays – 10am to 8:30pm
Closed Mondays

The Downtown Cabaret Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Please inform the box office of any special needs when ordering tickets.

For more information and up-to-date news about the Cabaret, the performances, the actors, seating chart, parking and reserving tickets visit

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