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By Kevin Bronson
March 1, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
Ross Golan at the Skylight Theatre (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times / February 23, 2014)

Not two hours after he performed his passion project in an 88-seat theater on a recent Sunday night, Ross Golan made the rounds at a Grammy after-party hosted by Daft Punk, smiling as Jay Z and Beyoncé glided by and making nice with Madonna and Skrillex and Pharrell Williams.

Inhabiting either world would have been inconceivable five years ago to Golan, whose first rock band had failed, whose second was flailing and whose days were spent toiling in his condo. Which was in foreclosure.

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Living Out Loud

Q&A with Ross Golan, Writer and Star of “The Wrong Man”

Who would have thought that a song by the legendary country music artist Johnny Cash would go on to inspire an acoustical tale for the theatrical stage? Perhaps no one, but that’s what happened with Ross Golan and “The Wrong Man.”

Cash’s acclaimed song “Folsom Prison Blues” (1955) inspired Golan, 33, to write “The Wrong Man.”

It was no easy task for Golan, as it took him 10 years to do so. But Golan’s work is now playing at the Skylight Theatre, and the musical features the sexy Jennifer Brasuell as a dancer.

Lee Martino directs “The Wrong Man.”

Golan, a USC graduate and multi-platinum selling songwriter, also stars in this show about “what happens when the wrong man meets the wrong girl in the wrong place at the wrong time.” A man is framed for murder and although he is innocent, a flawed judicial system leads to his execution.

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