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The Jukebox Musical 'A Ride With Bob'

Posted: Mar. 4th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
'A Ride With Bob'
Lisa Pollard

The Jukebox Musical is unfortunately coming to its end. After eight amazing years of production there is not enough money to continue the show. All strategies where exhausted but still no luck. With a cast of 24 people this show has too many to become a Broadway production.

The jukebox musical "A Ride With Bob" bridges the gap between Bob Wills, the western-swing pioneer from the Kosse area, and Ray Benson, the Austin bandleader of Asleep at the Wheel, the nine-time Grammy-winning modern-day exemplar of western swing.

But after eight years, Mr. Benson said there was not enough money to keep the musical going despite glowing reviews and the prestige of having been performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington. (It was staged there for President George W. Bush in 2006.)

"I met with Rocco Landesman, the producer who did 'The Producers,' " Mr. Benson said. "He loved the play but said it wasn't a Broadway product because we've got too many people."

The show, which has a cast of two dozen, is an imagined conversation between Mr. Benson and Mr. Wills that reveals a historically accurate account of the "whole emergence of Texas from an agrarian, rural place to this modern state that we are today."


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