Denver's First Lady Mary Louise Lee to Join MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Jam Session on Opening Night, 2/25
For opening night only, Denver's First Lady Mary Louise Lee will join the cast of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET on stage for a special encore jam session. The national tour of the Broadway musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, inspired by an electrifying true story, makes its Denver premiere at The Buell Theatre February 25 through March 9 only. Tickets are on sale now at Denvercenter.org.
Ms. Lee joins the cast as part of "Sittin' in with the Band," where following select performances of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET a special guest musician joins the cast onstage for an encore jam session. Since its inception, "Sittin' in with the Band" has invited musical greats such as: Darlene Love, Jerry Lee Lewis and Melissa Etheridge among others to share the stage with the cast of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET during the final, encore song of the show. The song selection is chosen by the guest and the entire cast joins in as they blow the lid off the theatre in celebration of 1950's inspired music. This will be the only "Sittin' in with the Band" for the Denver engagement of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.
Singing and performing since the age of three, Denver's First Lady Mary Louise Lee has become a well-known staple throughout Denver's music and performing arts landscape. As Denver's First Lady, she combines her passion for the arts and dedication youth through her "Bringing Back the Arts Foundation. From students to senior citizens, Ms. Lee is committed to being an ambassador for the arts to help expose and expand access to Denver's vibrant arts and cultural community.
The international Tony Award-Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is set on December 4, 1956, when an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together. Sam Phillips, the "Father of Rock 'n' Roll" who was responsible for launching the careers of each icon, gathered the four legendary musicians at the Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis for the first and only time. The resulting evening became known as one of the greatest rock 'n' roll jam sessions in history.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations featuring timeless hits including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Ring of Fire," "That's All Right," "Sixteen Tons," "Great Balls of Fire," "I Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "See Ya Later, Alligator," "Fever," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Hound Dog" and more.
Portraying these icons are, John Countryman as Jerry Lee Lewis, Lee Ferris as Carl Perkins, Scott Moreau as Johnny Cash, and Cody Ray Slaughter as Elvis Presley. Vince Nappo plays the "Father of Rock 'n' Roll," Sam Phillips. The cast also features Kelly Lamont (February 25-March 2) and Katie Barton (March 4-9)as Dyanne, and musicians Patrick Morrow (Fluke, drums) and Corey Kaiser (Jay Perkins, bass). Rounding out the company are: Andrew Frace, Robby Kipferl, Stephanie Lynne Mason, Sean McGibbon, David Sonneborn and H. Bradley Waters.