Hank Williams Live ‘1952’ starring Joe Matheson
February 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$35
1952: it seemed like the beginning of the end for Hank Williams. His marriage had ended, his contract with the Grand Ole Opry had been terminated, and his health – never good – was in serious decline. His drinking got worse, the stream of concerts he was used to dried up, and even his old friend and mentor Fred Rose said he couldn’t put up with Hank’s shenanigans any longer. Then, suddenly, in September of ’52, the tide appeared to turn. Hank was riding high again, back in the studio and planning a tour. History, of course, proved Hank to be a little too optimistic for his own good. But what caused the turn around? Where did Hank get this amazing second wind only months before his death?
In Hank Williams Live – 1952, Hank walks on stage, the band kicks into “Settin’ the Woods on Fire” and the show is off! In this two-hour long, intimate and revealing musical theatre piece, Joe Matheson, who has been dubbed “the quintessential voice of Hank Williams”, pays tribute to the King of Country Music. It’s not a true story, but the stories are true. And if it ain’t exactly factual well, as Hank would say, “What Momma don’t know won’t hurt’er!”
“… a most believable portrayal of the talented and tortured singer – the chemistry is palpable.” – London Free Press
“This is a show that sings the truth from beginning to end. Not only does Joe Matheson convincingly deliver the sound of Hank Williams, he also captures the soul of the music. This is great entertainment with a very big heart. It swept me away” – Robert More, Artistic Director, Victoria Playhouse