Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET celebrated its opening night yesterday evening on Sunday, April 11, 2010. BroadwayWorld was there to capture the curtain call and after-party!

The cast includes the acclaimed original "quartet" from the Chicago company: Eddie Clendening, Lance Guest, Levi Kreis, and Rob Lyons who are each making their Broadway debuts in MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. They are joined by Tony Award® nominee Hunter Foster (Little Shop of Horrors, Urinetown) and Elizabeth Stanley (Cry-Baby).

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).

For information about the Chicago production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, visit www.MillionDollarQuartetLive.com. Tickets for MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET are available online www.TicketMaster.com, by calling 212-307-4100, or by visiting the Nederlander Box Office (208 West 41st Street).

Photo Credit: Peter James Zielinski

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Levi Kreis

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Levi Kreis and Robert Britton Lyons

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Levi Kreis, Robert Britton Lyons, Eddie Clendening, and Lance Guest

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Levi Kreis, Robert Britton Lyons, Eddie Clendening, and Lance Guest

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Levi Kreis, Robert Britton Lyons, Eddie Clendening, and Lance Guest

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Levi Kreis, Robert Britton Lyons, Eddie Clendening, and Lance Guest

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Hunter Foster, Elizabeth Stanley, Levi Kreis, Robert Britton Lyons, Eddie Clendening, and Lance Guest

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Hunter Foster, Elizabeth Stanley, Levi Kreis, Robert Britton Lyons, Eddie Clendening, and Lance Guest

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Hunter Foster, Elizabeth Stanley, Levi Kreis, Robert Britton Lyons, Eddie Clendening, and Lance Guest

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Hunter Foster, Elizabeth Stanley, Levi Kreis, Robert Britton Lyons, Eddie Clendening, and Lance Guest

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Hunter Foster

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Elizabeth Stanley, Levi Kreis, and Robert Britton Lyons

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Elizabeth Stanley, Levi Kreis, Robert Britton Lyons, and Eddie Clendening

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Elizabeth Stanley, Levi Kreis, Robert Britton Lyons, Eddie Clendening, Lance Guest, Larry Lelli, and Corey Kaiser

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Elizabeth Stanley, Levi Kreis, Robert Britton Lyons, Eddie Clendening, Lance Guest, Larry Lelli, and Corey Kaiser

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Hunter Foster

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Levi Kreis

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Eddie Clendening

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Levi Kreis, Robert Britton Lyons, and Eddie Clendening

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Eric Schaeffer and Chuck Mead

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Robert Britton Lyons, Eddie Clendening, and Lance Guest

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Levi Kreis, Robert Britton Lyons, Eddie Clendening, and Lance Guest

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Robert Britton Lyons

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Levi Kreis, Robert Britton Lyons, Eddie Clendening, and Lance Guest

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Hunter Foster, Elizabeth Stanley, Levi Kreis, Robert Britton Lyons, Eddie Clendening, and Lance Guest

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Eric Schaeffer, Chuck Mead, Hunter Foster, Elizabeth Stanley, Levi Kreis, Robert Britton Lyons, Eddie Clendening, and Lance Guest

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Elvis' Photographer Alfred Wertheimer

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Hunter Foster

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Chuck Mead and Eric Schaeffer

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Eric Schaeffer

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Chuck Mead

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Hunter Foster, Robert Britton Lyons, Elizabeth Stanley, and Lance Guest

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Lance Guest

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Elizabeth Stanley

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Robert Britton Lyons

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Levi Kreis

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Larry Lelli

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Larry Lelli and Corey Kaiser

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Eddie Clendening

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Elizabeth Stanley and Eddie Clendening

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
(top) Core Kaiser, Robert Britton Lyons, Lance Guest, Elizabeth Stanely, Eddie Clendening (bottom) Hunter Foster, Levi Kreis, and Larry Lelli

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
(top) Chuck Mead, Corey Kaiser, Robert Britton Lyons, Lance Guest, Elizabeth Stanley, Eddie Clendening, and Eric Schaeffer (bottom) Hunter Foster, Levi Kreis, and Larry Lelli

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Corey Kaiser, Levi Kreis, Robert Britton Lyons, Lance Guest, Eddie Clendening and Larry Lelli

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway
Levi Kreis, Robert Britton Lyons, Lance Guest, Eddie Clendening

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens on Broadway

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Peter James Zielinski As an Equity actor, Peter is photographing the industry from the inside out. He has performed in numerous shows regionally, sung a duet with Richard Chamberlain in the National Tour of "Scrooge," and starred in "The Zoo Project" which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. When not on stage, he can be found photographing headshots and live theatre in NYC, Chicago and LA. As an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop, he also acts as a retouching artist for photographers city-wide. For more information, please visit: http://www.pjzstudios.com