Broadway San Jose Presents the Bay Area Premiere of Million Dollar Quartet, 5/8-13

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Broadway San Jose Presents the Bay Area Premiere of Million Dollar Quartet, 5/8-13

 Broadway San Jose announces tickets for the national tour of the Broadway musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, inspired by the true story, are now on sale. Ticket prices range from $20 to $75 and will be available at the SJTIX box office, by visiting www.broadwaysanjose.com or by calling 408-792-4111. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 408-792-4131. 

The 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, brought the four legendary musicians together 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 an eclectic score of rock, gospel, R&B and country hits including; “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more.

Portraying these icons are, Derek Keeling as Johnny Cash, Cody Slaughter as Elvis Presley, Martin Kaye as Jerry Lee Lewis and Lee Ferris as Carl Perkins. Christopher Ryan Grant will play the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Sam Phillips.  The cast also features Kelly Lamont as Dyanne, and musicians Billy Shaffer (Fluke, drums), and Chuck Zayas (Jay Perkins, bass). Rounding out the company is: Austin Cook, Scott F. Moreau, John Michael Presney, David Sonneborn, Alyssa Marie, and Billy Woodward.  MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.

The show is directed by Eric Schaeffer and features a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux. The design team 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 Broadway production opened in April 2010. The musical continues its successful New York engagement at New World Stages.  

The Chicago production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET opened in 2008 and is still playing to packed houses at the Apollo Theatre. The West End production is currently playing at the Noël Coward Theatre in London. 

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET won a Tony Award® for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical and received a Tony Award® 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, a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Musical Revue and three Drama League nominations including Distinguished Production of a Musical and Distinguished Performance.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is produced by Relevant Theatricals, John Cossette Productions, American Pop Anthology and Broadway Across America.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET will play May 8 through May 12 at The San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.  Performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM with matinees Saturday at 2:00 PM and Sunday at 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM. . 

For more information, visit the official MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET website at www.milliondollarquartetlive.com

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