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‘Outlaws’ take refuge
at the Gold Coast

Jun 1, 2004 1:23 AM

Country music gets serious and humorous all at the same time with the debut of "Outlaws, Cowboys and Men in Black," at the Gold Coast, Wednesday through July 11.

Producer Sharon Haynes (Honky Tonk Angels and Serendipity) stages the first in a new series of shows that puts the focus on a special brand of music from country greats, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash.

Haynes will sing several duets with "the boys," one of the numbers being the classic "Crazy," written by Willie Nelson for Patsy Cline. Other hits will include numbers from the Waylon Jennings and Jessie Colter recordings.

The tribute artists in the show include Bob Coloca, who has cultivated Waylon Jennings’ musical style and flair in hits such as Lukenbach Texas, Honky Tonk Heroes and duos with "Willie" including Good-Hearted Woman.

Doing the honors as Willie is Leon Smith, a seasoned performer whose exceptional guitar playing and vocal styles easily catch the "red-headed stranger."

Bruce Mickelson will debut as Johnny Cash, while performing favorites such as Ring of Fire, Boy Named Sue and Folsom Prison. A veteran of Las Vegas’ Viva Las Vegas and Country Tonight, Mickelson performs his hilarious Big John characterization of John Wayne and Scotty’s BBQ, the outrageous bit about "real men who love to burn meat."

In keeping with her tradition of productions Serendipity and Honky Tonk Angels, Haynes plans to follow Outlaws with a new themed production every six weeks.

But for now, Outlaws plays nightly at 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Tickets are $24.95. The show/dinner price is $31.95. Coast hotel guests and locals with proper ID receive a $5 discount.