LAKE PLACID The Lake Placid Center for the Arts will present the spectacular musical biography of the rise and fall of the brash, forever-young, always-legendary singer/songwriter who stands among the greatest innovators of American popular music. The Depot Theatre, an equity company from Westport, N.Y., will bring Hank Williams: Lost Highway to the LPCA stage on July 11, 12, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m., and July 12 and 14 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices for the evening shows are $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors. Ticket prices for the matinee performances are $12. Purchase tickets by calling 523-2512.
Covering Hank's humble beginnings to the zenith of his fame, this highly entertaining journey features over 20 Hank Williams favorites - including I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, Jambalaya and Hey, Good Lookin'.
For all the mystery, myth and misinformation surrounding the life and times of Hank Williams, one truth remains unchallenged: no one in the history of country music (perhaps in all of popular music) has so profoundly influenced those who followed. Now more than half a century since his passing he still serves as the model for countless singers.
On a warm night in June, 1949, with his first number one record spilling out of radios across the country, a frail young man walked onto the stage of Nashville's Ryman Auditorium for his Grand Ole Opry debut. Behind him lay nearly a decade of struggle and rejection in pursuit of this goal; ahead, a little more than five years in the limelight.
By 1953, literally worn out at twenty-nine, Hank Williams was gone. But he had given country music much of its standard repertoire, a new definition of stardom and a legend so enduring that his music still stands today.
The Depot Theatre will bring this musical, which Rolling Stone says: "Serves up classic country with the edges raw and the energy hot," to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts from July 11- 14. Call the LPCA Box Office at 523-2512.