Million Dollar Quartet Opening On Broadway

Million Dollar Quartet, the musical inspired by the actual event, is currently in previews at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre with an official opening on Sunday, April 11.The cast includes Eddie Clendening (Elvis Presley), Lance Guest (Johnny Cash), Levi Kreis (Jerry Lee Lewis), Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins), Hunter Foster (Sam Phillips) and Elizabeth Stanley (Dyanne).

On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley together. The place was Sun Records’ storefront studio in Memphis. The man who made it happen was Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock and Roll,” who discovered them all. The four young musicians united for the only time in their careers for an impromptu recording that has come to be known as one of the greatest rock jam sessions of all time.

Inspired by the actual event, Million Dollar Quartet features a treasure trove of the greatest rock and roll, gospel, R&B and country hits from these musicians, including such iconic songs as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Riders in the Sky,” “I Walk the Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.”Million Dollar Quartet captures the infectious spirit, freewheeling excitement and thrilling sounds of a singular moment when four of the music industry’s most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, came together for one of the most memorable nights in music history.

Million Dollar Quartet is directed by Eric Schaeffer, features a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, and was originally directed and conceived by Mutrux. The design team for Broadway includes: Derek McLane (scenic design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Kai Harada (sound design) and Chuck Mead (musical arrangements and supervision).

Million Dollar Quartet is produced by Relevant Theatricals, John Cossette Productions, American Pop Anthology, Broadway Across America, and James L. Nederlander.

Source: / Updated: Apr 15, 2010 
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drelviseyes (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 16, 2010report abuse
I saw this show open in Issaquah, WA. It was a great play! Not really accurate but wonderful just the same. The Jerry Lee Lewis character stole the show. He was wonderful. Elvis was the weakest actor. I hope they replaced the actor I saw. Still I would see it again in a heart beat.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 16, 2010report abuse
I also heard, great things, about this broadway show. And I hope to go see it soon. However, personally, I would rather go see "Elvis-The Concert" on tour, for like the 10th time, or "Viva Elvis" in Vegas. Nothing beats seeing the real Elvis in a good production.
Ruthie (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 16, 2010report abuse
If this production will be anything like the play I saw in Chicago, it will be a smash hit. And I am sure it will be a quality production being on Broadway. The music is great, the play itself is full of fun yet meaningful at the same time. I would love to see it again.
theoldscudder (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 15, 2010report abuse
This play may bring some new interest for these legands. As for Elvis In Concert it's for the die hard fans. I don't think there would be much interest in it.
Brian Quinn (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 15, 2010report abuse
Not for me - too old hat and most people will not know what it signifies anyway. Now as for 'Elvis In Concert' - that can come back anytime it likes. Nothing like being among thousands of Elvis fans all cheering our man on.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 15, 2010report abuse
Who cares? Me. I go to Broadway regularly and this is a great thing to have playing. The buzz has been great and has folks talking about it on the radio and TV. I'd much rather see this than the fabricated Elvis In Concert showing old films of Elvis singing which I can watch at home.
SnOwMan (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 15, 2010report abuse
Who cares? Laughable.

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