Hank Williams was only 29 when he died. But during his brief lifetime, his blazing talent changed country music forever. His dramatic life story includes a struggling, itinerant childhood, a medical condition that would leave him dependent on morphine as an adult, and a remarkable musical talent influenced by the likes of street musician Rufus Payne, who, legend has it, taught Williams to pick a guitar in exchange for food. It all comes to life in Randal Myler and Mark Hareliks critically acclaimed musical Hank Williams: Lost Highway.
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The show follows Williams from the streets of Alabama to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, recounting his romantic escapades and his tragic fall from grace. The play also features heartbreaking tunes such as Im So Lonesome I Could Cry, Jambalaya and Hey, Good Lookin. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Through September 4. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway. For information, call 713-527-0123 or visit www.stagestheatre.com. $23 to $37.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: July 13. Continues through Sept. 4, 2011