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BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Has a Whole Lotta Music Going at Dutch AppleBWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Has a Whole Lotta Music Going at Dutch Apple
by Marakay Rogers - May 17, 2016

Rockabilly, country, and blues fans, rejoice. Elvis fans, look sharp. The greatest recording event in history is happening at Dutch Apple through June 19, and you can be there. (more...)

New Adaptation of GHOST, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET & More Set for Georgia Ensemble Theatre's 24th SeasonNew Adaptation of GHOST, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET & More Set for Georgia Ensemble Theatre's 24th Season
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET) Artistic Director Robert J. Farley has announced an exciting lineup of plays for the Company's 24th season of professional theatre in North Fulton County. Following an extraordinarily successful record-breaking year, the bar has been set high for GET as programming continues to grow and expand. The 2016-2017 season will take a journey through love, death, time, foreign lands, freedom fights, and even back to 1956 Memphis, Tennessee. With musicals, comedy, drama, and a world premiere, GET will once again offer an entertaining, enlightening, and illuminating variety of theatre for our patrons throughout north Georgia and beyond. In addition to the mainstage subscription series, GET will produce a four-play Theatre for Young Audiences series, and a four concert Big Band series. (more...)

Ethan Russell Will Go Behind the Scenes of Rock & Roll at Harris Center, 5/20Ethan Russell Will Go Behind the Scenes of Rock & Roll at Harris Center, 5/20
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

He is now on the short list of the foremost rock photographers in the world, but back in 1968 Ethan Russell was a young aspiring American writer with a Nikon camera and photography hobby. He had studied at UC Davis and was now living in London. Mick Jagger asked him to take his picture, and the rest is history: within a few years, Ethan Russell became a multi-Grammy-nominated photographer, director, and author. Jagger noted, 'We trusted Ethan as an artist, which made him invisible to us, and which allowed his photographs to capture our most intimate moments.' On May 20, Ethan Russell will bring such moments to the Harris Center stage, along with his own story and phenomenal photographs. The presentation kicks off a six-week exhibit of Mr. Russell's work at the Bank of America Gallery within the Harris Center for the Arts. (more...)

BWW Review: Playhouse's MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL Comes 'Home'BWW Review: Playhouse's MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL Comes 'Home'
by Joseph Baker - May 9, 2016

When Director and Co-Choreographer Jordan Nichols first saw and enjoyed MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL, he knew that he just had to stage a production in the city itself; as polished and entertaining as it was, it needed just a little something . . . 'an infusion of Memphis grit.' In Playhouse on the Square's powerful, pulsating production of the musical, he has achieved just that. Memphians are very proud and protective of their musical heritage, and though originators Joe DiPietro and David Bryan have not attempted to portray real persons and events, their knowledge of the early 'rock and roll' era and its personalities has resulted in a satisfying approximation. Having few musical gifts outside a kazoo, I could nonetheless play 'Six Degrees of Elvis Presley' with some confidence: My third cousin was Bill Black, bassist for Elvis Presley in those early days; and my first cousin's brother-in-law was cult rockabilly musician Charlie Feathers ('Tongue-tied Jill'). I remember enjoying disc jockey Dewey Phillips (on whom MEMPHIS protagonist 'Huey Calhoun' is based) and his outsized personality, and anyone with any knowledge of Sun Studios and the early careers of Jerry Lee Lewis (who shocked an older generation with his marriage to a younger cousin), Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley know that these artists came from humble ('cracker,' in the play) beginnings. These icons always acknowledged their debt to black gospel and blues musicians. All of that, together with racism and interracial relationships, surfaces in MEMPHIS. (more...)

Cast Announced for MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at King's Theatre GlasgowCast Announced for MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at King's Theatre Glasgow
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET - the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical and West End smash hit embarks on its first ever UK Tour, and reveals casting for the red-hot rock 'n' roll extravaganza. (more...)

Jason Donovan Joins Cast of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET UK TourJason Donovan Joins Cast of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

?MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET - the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical and West End smash hit embarks on its first ever UK Tour, and today reveals casting for the red-hot rock 'n' roll extravaganza. (more...)

Tony Winner Levi Kreis to Headline Diversity Honors, to Benefit Harvey Milk Foundation & Pride CenterTony Winner Levi Kreis to Headline Diversity Honors, to Benefit Harvey Milk Foundation & Pride Center
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Tony award-winning actor/singer Levi Kreis will make a special appearance at Diversity Honors, the highly touted fundraiser for the Harvey Milk Foundation and The Pride Center at Equality Park at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL. (more...)

Old Log Theatre to Present MILLION DOLLAR QUARTETOld Log Theatre to Present MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

?Old Log Theatre will be rockin' with the untold story of four rock 'n' roll pioneers and how they came together for one magical night, as the smash hit musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET makes its professional theatre debut in the Twin Cities. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Flat Rock Playhouse's MILLION DOLLAR QUARTETPhoto Flash: First Look at Flat Rock Playhouse's MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Flat Rock Playhouse is kicking off its 2016 mainstage season with the international hit musical Million Dollar Quartet - the story of four pioneers of rock 'n' roll and how they came together for one night in what is undoubtedly the most electrifying jam session in all of music history. (more...)

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER: PRESLEY, PERKINS, LEWIS AND CASH Set for Ridgefield Playhouse, 5/14A NIGHT TO REMEMBER: PRESLEY, PERKINS, LEWIS AND CASH Set for Ridgefield Playhouse, 5/14
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Get ready for a night of rockabilly, country, gospel and pure 1950's rock and roll with 'A Night to Remember: Presley, Perkins, Lewis and Cash' on Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m. (more...)

Segal Centre's 2016-17 Theatre Season to Feature Yiddish IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU & MoreSegal Centre's 2016-17 Theatre Season to Feature Yiddish IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts today announced the programming for its 2016-2017 Season. The upcoming 49th season is brimming with artistry, audacity and authenticity. (more...)

New Musical BRIGHT SIDE to Play Art Square Theatre, 5/19-6/5New Musical BRIGHT SIDE to Play Art Square Theatre, 5/19-6/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

Fighting cancer takes guts and tenacity - and a strong support system - something the lead character learns in 'Bright Side', a new musical about a macho military man diagnosed with male breast cancer. The play runs May 19-June 5 at the Art Square Theatre and features Broadway veteran actors and local talent. (more...)

Bid on Items from David Bowie, Lady Gaga & More in Julien's Auctions 'Music Icons' EventBid on Items from David Bowie, Lady Gaga & More in Julien's Auctions 'Music Icons' Event
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Julien's Auctions, the world record breaking auction house to the stars, has announced its highly anticipated Music Icons auction event to take place at the Hard Rock Café New York on Saturday, May 21, 2016. (more...)

'Great Balls of Fire' Songwriter & Broadway Performer Jack Hammer Dies at 90'Great Balls of Fire' Songwriter & Broadway Performer Jack Hammer Dies at 90
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

Hammer performed on Broadway in the 1970s in BUBBLING BROWN SUGAR and at one point was scheduled to portray Jimi Hendrix in a film. Mr. Hammer was a veteran who served in World War II. (more...)

THE WALKING DEAD Actress Joins CMT's MILLION DOLLAR QUARTETTHE WALKING DEAD Actress Joins CMT's MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

Ann Mahoney who plays 'Olivia' on one of televisions hottest shows, 'The Walking Dead', has been cast as 'Gladys Presley', Elvis Presley's mother, in the new television series 'Million Dollar Quartet'. Mahoney said, 'I'm so thrilled to be a part of this amazing cast and play such an iconic role. I'm grateful to CMT for giving me such a tremendous opportunity to be a part of this show.' (more...)

IN THE HEIGHTS, 'LADY DAY' and More Set for ZACH Theatre's 2016-17 SeasonIN THE HEIGHTS, 'LADY DAY' and More Set for ZACH Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley recently announced the 2016-17 ZACH Theatre Season at an event for ZACH's Trustees, annual donors, and Season Sponsors. ZACH is thrilled to produce Hamilton composer/playwright Lin Manuel Miranda's extraordinary, Tony award winning, Broadway musical In The Heights. (more...)

Trevor Donovan Boards CMT's MILLION DOLLAR QUARTETTrevor Donovan Boards CMT's MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
by TV News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

Trevor Donovan (“JL Ranch,” “Texas Rising”) is set to join the cast of CMT's new scripted drama “Million Dollar Quartet” (working title) as Eddy Arnold, country music and pop phenomenon with 85 million records sold and 28 No. 1 hits during his 60 year career. The son of a sharecropper, Arnold's inimitable baritone voice brought country to the masses, and made him the most popular country artist of the 20th century with hits including “Make The World Go Away.” Arnold and Elvis Presley shared much in common throughout their careers, including manager Colonel Tom Parker. Arnold has been cited as having profound influence on Elvis, who cut a number of his songs over the years. He also ranked among CMT's list of 'The 40 Greatest Men of Country Music.' (more...)

BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET National Tour at Durham Performing Arts CenterBWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - Apr 6, 2016

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center (more...)

BWW Review: Electric MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Thrills at the Warner TheatreBWW Review: Electric MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Thrills at the Warner Theatre
by Vanessa Michaud - Apr 6, 2016

With a pleasing balance of comedic and serious moments, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Warner Theatre transported audiences to that historical day in 1954 where rock n' roll legends Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley got together for a spontaneous jam session, marking a pivotal moment in rock n' roll music history. (more...)

Flat Rock Playhouse to Present MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, 4/28-5/21Flat Rock Playhouse to Present MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, 4/28-5/21
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

The Tony Award winning musical Million Dollar Quartet takes place on December 4, 1956 at Sun Records when the 'Father of Rock 'n' Roll' Sam Phillips brought together his top four stars - Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and a young and up and coming Elvis Presley - for one night only in his tiny storefront Memphis recording studio. The auspicious occasion resulted in this seminal moment in music history with new recordings of such rock 'n' roll, gospel, R&B and country hits as 'Blue Suede Shoes,' 'Fever,' 'Walk the Line,' 'Sixteen Tons,' 'Who Do You Love?,' 'Great Balls of Fire,' 'Folsom Prison Blues,' 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On,' 'Hound Dog' and more. But beyond the electrifying smash hits, Million Dollar Quartet is an irresistible tale of fame, broken promises, betrayals and triumphs that is deeply moving, hilarious and engaging. Million Dollar Quartet is the music you remember and the story you will never forget. (more...)

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