Department of Music & Theatre
HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY
HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY, by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik, is the spectacular musical biography of the legendary singer-songwriter. In the span of his short life, Hank Williams changed the landscape of American popular music forever. Hank Williams: Lost Highway follows Williams from his roots in Alabama to his meteoric rise to stardom on the stage of the world-famous Grand Ole Opry.
This toe-tapping musical tribute showcases what Williams did best: performing. Lost Highway features over 20 of Williams’ best loved songs, performed live by Hank and his band, the Drifting Cowboys, including timeless classics such as “Move It on Over,” “Jambalaya,” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart.” A humorous and heartfelt tribute, Hank Williams: Lost Highway reveals an intimate portrait of the passionate and troubled man behind the music.
UNA Summer Theatre’s production of Lost Highway, directed by two-time Tony-nominated director and co-author Randal Myler, features Peter Oyloe as Hank. Peter portrayed Hank in 2012 as part of The Filament Theatre Ensemble in Chicago. He recently won a Jeff Award for Actor in a Principal Role – Musical for that portrayal. Of his performance, the Chicago Tribune stated, “[Peter] Oyloe captures the lost man-child at the heart of ‘Lost Highway’ …a tremendous performance…this ‘Lost Highway’ is pure, classic Cadillac.” Around the Town gave it five stars, stating of Peter Oyloe that “you forget that he is playing a role, but rather feel that you are in a ‘time machine.’”
The Drifting Cowboys are played by UNA Summer Theatre alum Myk Watford (Jimmy), Drew Perkins (Leon), Russ Wever (Shag), and UNA Theatre professor Charlton James (Hoss). Mississippi Charles Bevel plays Tee-tot, a Blues singer who influences the young Hank. Randy Moore portrays the lively record producer Fred Rose. Local actress Kim Caron, seen in last summer’s A Streetcar Named Desire, plays Mama, and UNA Theatre students Haley Prestridge (Audrey) and Summer Akers (Waitress) round out the cast.