It helps that the cast includes a crack, hand-picked cast of ten musicians, Edwards being just one of them. "[Keyboardist] Jeff Lisenby -- he's like a professor. He can play everything," Edwards raves. "[Guitarist] Brent Moyer is a Nashville journeyman. And [fiddler] Brantley Kearns -- I knew his fiddle playing was good, but he's such a natural actor, too." That, he adds, provides a foundation for an evening that's pure joy for audience and cast alike: "It's a gift. I've played in musicals a lot in my career, but I never thought I'd be in a musical where I could stand on the stage and hear 'Folsom Prison Blues.'"
See Ring of Fire at the Stage, in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, daily except Mondays through May 13; for tickets, which start at $35, call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org.
Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 1:30 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Starts: March 23. Continues through May 13, 2012