A Ride With Bob, a Country Musical Drama about Bob Wills
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The last date listed for A Ride With Bob was Saturday July 22, 2006 / 8:00pm.
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The razor-sharp wit of famed stand-up Paula Poundstone will be on full display, as she slices and dices her way through an evening of keen cultural commentary. Famed for a quick mind that always manages to come up with the perfect quip, Poundstone is a master of riffing off the crowd. It's also why she's the perfect panelist for NPR's Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!, where she's featured alongside some of the nation's leading pundits. She broke through in 1990 with her acclaimed HBO special Cats, Cops and Stuff, and was both the first woman to be invited to perform at the White House Correspondents' dinner and the first woman to win a CableACE Award for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special. Still knocking them dead as a headliner, Poundstone released her latest comedy disc, I Heart Jokes: Paula Tells Them in Boston, in April 2013, and has recently toured as part of the A Prairie Home Companion live show. Learn More
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- "The most entertaining night in Texas." --Liz Smith
- "As raucous, spirited and joyous as the music that inspired it." --Tulsa World
Nine-time Grammy®-award winners Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel are proud to announce A Ride with Bob, the first-ever musical drama about the legendary Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, will hit the road this summer beginning June 1, 2006 in San Antonio, TX.
In 1973 after the release of the band’s first album (which paid tribute to the music of Bob Wills), Benson was invited by his idol to Dallas for a meeting. Upon his arrival, he learned Wills was not feeling well and the meeting was postponed for the next morning. That same night Wills had a stroke and went into a life-ending coma. In A Ride with Bob, he finally gets to have his conversation with the Spirit of Bob, who visits him on the Asleep at the Wheel bus late one night. The fascinating and sometimes outrageous stories of Wills’ career, his contribution to American music, and his raucous personal life unfold. The drama includes performances of Wills’ most famous songs, including “San Antonio Rose,” “Faded Love,” “Cherokee Maiden,” “Take Me Back to Tulsa,” and many more.
This two-act play features Ray Benson (as himself), Asleep at the Wheel members including fiddler Jason Roberts (as Young Bob Wills), and actor Marco Perella (as The Spirit of Bob Wills). Directed by CK McFarland, the play was co-written by Benson and Hollywood screenwriter Anne Rapp (Cookie’s Fortune and Dr. T & the Women). Production credits also include Christopher McCollum (Set Designer) Robert Tolaro (Production Stage Manager) Bill Peeler (Lighting Designer) & Jane Clarke (Costume Designer).
A Ride with Bob debuted in the spring of 2005 with six sold-out shows at the State Theater in Austin, TX. It was an instant hit with audiences and critics, garnering several nominations from Austin Circle of Theaters Awards and fueled a four-city tour of Texas and Oklahoma that fall. Response to the play has been glowing.