Review: Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story

Stand By Your Man

Review by Kim Murphey

This music filled play at Cinnabar Theater presents the story of country music legend Tammy Wynette directed by Elizabeth Craven.  I attended opening night which was a sold out show starring Shannon Rider Urquhart of the Shannon Rider Band. She does an excellent job belting out the classic country tunes and portraying Tammy, helping us see a little of what “The First Lady of Country” went through in her lifetime.

The story starts after Tammy’s death. Her mother Meemaw played by mollie boice helps Tammy look back on the highs and lows of her life. We see her from her teens, through 5 husbands, 4 daughters, and the rocky road to and through stardom. Jim Peterson plays George Jones who was Tammy’s third husband. His music is prominent in the play as he was one of the musicians that influenced Tammy to become a singer and they ended up having many hit duets together. Almost all the cast doubled as various characters in the play or the live band; a multi-talented group.

The play was entertaining and I learned a lot about Tammy Wynette’s life.  I would recommend this play to anyone that loves music and theater, whether you are a country fan or not. You will walk away entertained and having learned something of the life of a very talented and famous woman.

The play runs from March 25-April 10

Cinnabar TheaterTammy WynetteShannon Rider Bandmollie boice

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