MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET to Play Limited Run at Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 9/24-10/6
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents the return of Million Dollar Quartet in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater from September 24 to October 6, 2013. Back by popular demand the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the electrifying true story of four Rock 'n' Roll icons is directed by Eric Schaeffer and features a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux. Press opening night is Thursday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, 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 'n' 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 'n' Roll jam sessions of all time. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life with a tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal, and celebrations featuring an eclectic score of rock, gospel , R&B, and country 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.
Million Dollar Quartet casting includes James Barry as Carl Perkins, John Countryman as Jerry Lee Lewis, Tyler Hunter as Elvis Presley, Scott Moreau as Johnny Cash, Vince Nappo as Sam Phillips, Corey Kaiser as Jay Perkins (Bass Player), Kelly Lamont as Dyanne, and Patrick Morrow as Fluke (Drummer). The creative team for the national tour includes set design by Derek McLane, lighting design by Howell Binkley, costume design by Jane Greenwood, sound design by Kai Harada, and musical arrangements and supervision by Chuck Mead.
When the Broadway production opened in April 2010, critics and audiences leapt to their feet in unanimous praise. The musical continued its successful New York engagement at New World Stages through June 2012.
The longest-running musical production in Chicago's history, Million Dollar Quartet opened in 2008 and continues to perform to packed houses at the Apollo Theatre. The West End production played at the Noël Coward Theatre in London in 2011, and a Las Vegas production began performances at Harrah's Showroom in Las Vegas in February 2013. 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.