Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!

Yesterday, June 23, Eddie Clendening, Lance Guest, Tony Award® winner Levi Kreis, Robert Britton Lyons, Tony Award® nominee Hunter Foster, Elizabeth Stanley, Corey Kaiser and Larry Lelli were joined onstage for the MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET finale by special guest Melissa Etheridge! BroadwayWorld was on hand to capture the backstage celebration with the 15-time Grammy nominee (and winner of two) and Broadway's beloved QUARTET!

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," "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 opened on Sunday, April 11, 2010.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Levi Kreis) and received a Tony nomination for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical (Colin Escott & Floyd Mutrux). The show received an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Levi Kreis), a Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Musical Revue and three Drama League Nominations including Distinguished Production of a Musical and Distinguished Performance (Lance Guest & Levi Kreis).

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is directed by Eric Schaeffer and features a book by Colin Escott and Floyd 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.

The Chicago production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET opened in 2008 and is still playing to packed houses at the Apollo Theatre.

For information about the Broadway and ChicaGo Productions of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, visit www.MillionDollarQuartetLive.com.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!
Melissa Etheridge

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!
The MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Company with Melissa Etheridge

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!
Hunter Foster, Elizabeth Stanley, Cory Kaiser, Melissa Etheridge, Eddie Clendening, Robert Britton Lyons, Levi Kreis, Lance Guest and Larry Lelli

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!
Hunter Foster, Elizabeth Stanley, Cory Kaiser, Melissa Etheridge, Eddie Clendening, Robert Britton Lyons, Levi Kreis, Lance Guest and Larry Lelli

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!
Eddie Clendening, Eric Schaeffer, Melissa Etheridge, Lance Guest and Levi Kreis

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!
Melissa Etheridge

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!
Elizabeth Stanley and Melissa Etheridge

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!
Eric Schaeffer and Melissa Etheridge

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!
Eric Schaeffer and Melissa Etheridge

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!
Robert Britton Lyons, Eddie Clendening, Melissa Etheridge, Lance Guest and Levi Kreis

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!
Robert Britton Lyons, Eddie Clendening, Melissa Etheridge, Lance Guest and Levi Kreis

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!
Robert Britton Lyons, Eddie Clendening, Melissa Etheridge, Lance Guest and Levi Kreis

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!
Melissa Etheridge

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!
Melissa Etheridge

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!
Melissa Etheridge

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!
Melissa Etheridge

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!
Levi Kreis

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!
Melissa Etheridge

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!
Robert Britton Lyons, Eddie Clendening, Melissa Etheridge, Lance Guest and Levi Kreis

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!
Robert Britton Lyons, Eddie Clendening, Melissa Etheridge, Lance Guest and Levi Kreis

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!
Robert Britton Lyons, Eddie Clendening, Melissa Etheridge, Lance Guest and Levi Kreis

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!
Melissa Etheridge and Levi Kreis

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!
Robert Britton Lyons, Eddie Clendening, Melissa Etheridge, Lance Guest and Levi Kreis

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!
Melissa Etheridge and Levi Kreis

Photo Coverage: Backstage at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with Melissa Etheridge!

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


 
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