HAYWARD — “Hank Williams: Lost Highway, the Music and Legend of Hank Williams” opens Friday, April 17, at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre.
The fourth show in the theater’s 2014-15 Journeys Season will have 10 performances, including a preview Thursday, April 16.
The musical biography goes from the hills of Alabama to the Grand Ole Opry, following country music singer-songwriter Williams’ swift rise from honky-tonks to his Nashville triumphs and his self-destruction at age 29.
The production includes memorable Williams songs, including “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Move It on Over” and “Hey, Good Lookin’.”
Kevin Singer takes on the role of Hank Williams.
Other cast members: Paul Chianese as Shag on pedal steel guitar; Dylan Collins as Jimmy on lead electric guitar; Sarah Coykendall as Audrey; Rebecca Faiola as Mama Lily; Dwight Mahabir as Tee-Tot; Sarah Mitchell as the Waitress; Kyle O’Brien as Leon on fiddle and other instruments; Tom Reardon as Fred “Pap” Rose; and James Touzel as Hoss on upright bass.
The play is directed by Ben Randle; Olive Mitra is music director.
The creative team: Liliana Duque Piñeiro, scenic designer; Allen Willner, lighting designer; and Valera Coble, costume designer.
Written by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik, “Hank Williams” was first produced by the Manhattan Ensemble Theater in New York City, opening in December 2002.
Tickets are $10-$29, and are available through the box office at 510-881-6777 or online at www.dmtonline.org.
The theater is at 22311 N. Third St., next to the Senior Center and the Japanese Gardens. The box office is open Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.