Sugar + The-Hi Lows Put Unique Twist on The Man in Black

Nashville Ballet’s smash-hit Johnny Cash ballet returns by popular demand this Valentine’s Day with Sugar + The Hi-Lows to pay tribute to The Man in Black’s iconic life and legacy. The Johnny Cash piece joins the lineup for Nashville Ballet’s annual contemporary Attitude series February 9-12, 2017, at TPAC’s Polk Theater.

Created by Nashville Ballet dancer and choreographer Christopher Stuart, the performance is set to popular Cash tunes, including Ring of Fire, I Walk the Line and God’s Gonna Cut You Down. Nashville-based Sugar + The-Hi Lows (fronted by singer/songwriters Trent Dabbs and Amy Stroup) will perform Cash hits with their own signature rockabilly twist, as well as a few original songs. The ballet, entitled Under the Lights, returns following its 2014 premiere.

“I discovered Johnny’s music when I moved to Nashville from Connecticut in 2002,” Stuart said. “Watching the video for Hurt was a defining moment for me, and I was instantly hooked to his unparalleled abilities as a musician, storyteller and artist. What better way to pay tribute to his legacy than by capturing the spirit of his music through dance?”

Attitude, Nashville Ballet’s annual winter series celebrating Music City’s creative community, will be rounded out by world-renowned choreographer Christopher Bruce’s Sergeant Early’s Dream. Featuring a live six-piece band, Sergeant Early’s Dream depicts the immigration experience from Europe to America in the 19th century through dance set to early Irish, English and American folk music. 

“This year’s Attitude follows the evolution of country music,” Paul Vasterling, Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO, said. “You can feel the origins of Johnny Cash’s music in the lyrics and folk instrumentation in Sergeant Early’s Dream. It’s a fascinating complement to Under the Lights and its homage to one of country music’s biggest icons.”

Attitude is presented by SunTrust, with support from Susan Underwood Physical Therapy and Nashville Scene. Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased in person at the TPAC box office in downtown Nashville, by phone at (615) 782-4040 or at A complete performance schedule and more information can be found online.

About Nashville Ballet
Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling. Nashville Ballet and the second company, NB2 (a pre-professional training company), provide more than 75,000 arts experiences to adults and children annually through season performances and its Community Engagement programming. Curriculum-based Community Engagement programs bring dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries and public elementary, middle and high schools across the state. School of Nashville Ballet brings world-class dance instruction to students age 2 to 70.

Nashville Ballet receives public funding from Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional private support provided by Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, Caterpillar Financial, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, The HCA Foundation, Ingram Charitable Fund, Inc., The Mall at Green Hills, The Memorial Foundation, New York Choreographic Institute, Publix Super Market Charities, The Shubert Foundation, SunTrust Bank, other community partners and hundreds of generous individuals who provide ongoing annual support.

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