STAGE TUBE: Lesley Gore Takes the Stage with MDQ!
Yesterday evening, Gore took the stage of the Nederlander Theatre to join the cast of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET in the special encore. Click below to see her performances of "When Will I Be Loved" and "It's My Party."
Gore is a singer/songwriter with over two dozen hits to her name including such iconic songs as "Judy's Turn To Cry," "She's A Fool," "That's the Way Boys Are," "Maybe I Know," "You Don't Own Me" and the classic smash hit, "It's My Party."
The cast of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET features Eddie Clendening (Elvis Presley), Lance Guest (Johnny Cash), Tony Award(r) winner Levi Kreis (Jerry Lee Lewis), Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins), Tony Award(r) 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.
In addition, to Kreis' Tony(r) for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET received Tony nominations 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).
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 Chicago production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, visit wwwithMillionDollarQuartetLive.com.
Tickets for MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET are available online wwwithTicketMaster.com, by calling 212-307-4100, or by visiting the Nederlander Box Office (208 West 41st Street).
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET's performance schedule is Tuesday at 7PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8PM and Sunday at 7PM. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2PM and Sunday at 3PM.
Lesley Gore. With over two dozen chart hits to her credit, Lesley Gore created the soundtrack to the Sixties with hits like, "Judy's Turn To Cry," "She's A Fool," "That's the Way Boys Are," "Maybe I Know," "You Don't Own Me" and her classic smash hit, "It's My Party" - the record that skyrocketed her to fame in 1963 at the age of 16. Lesley still sings those songs "as if I first heard them yesterday," but it's no exercise in nostalgia. Having expanded her career into songwriting and lecturing, in addition to her club and concert appearances, Lesley is celebrating the best years of her life. "I am currently working on my memoirs and a musical based on my life and career." www.lesleygore.com.