Tammy Wynette’s real life was tumultuous and messy. But on stage, that drama was transformed into some of country music’s biggest hits.
The mess and the music of Wynette’s life are both celebrated in “Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story,” now showing at Town Theatre. The musical tells the story of Wynette’s humble upbringing with a strong-willed single mother, her five marriages, her drug addiction, and a kidnapping incident that her daughters later claimed was staged by her abusive fifth husband.
Her personal heartaches were the inspiration for 23 No.1 songs, including “Stand By Your Man,” “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” “’Til I Can Make It On My Own,” and “Golden Ring.” Many of her hits were written and performed with George Jones, her husband from 1969-75. Wynette and Jones followed in the footsteps of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash as country music royalty.
Wynette, who died in 1998 at the age of 55, is credited along with Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn for defining the role of women in country music during the 1970s.
Dell Goodrich and Andy Nyland star as Tammy and George in “Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story,” which runs through Saturday. Showtimes are 3 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Tickets are $25 for adults; $20 for seniors, military and full-time college students; and $15 for youth ages 17 and younger. Call the box office at 803-799-2510 for more information.
Town Theatre is located at 1012 Sumter St. in downtown Columbia.
Bridget Winston, Special to The State