BWW Photo Exclusive: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Celebrates Opening at the Paramount
Paramount Theatre presents a rollicking 2017-18 BroadwaySeries opener with Million Dollar Quartet, the wildly popular rock and roll musical that played more than 2,500 performances in Chicago. BroadwayWorld has exclusive photos from the opening festivities below!
Travel back in time to Memphis's Sun Records recording studio on December 4, 1956, when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins played together their first and only time and created an explosive album that has yet to be matched. Million Dollar Quartet tells that story with all the raw energy and monumental talent everyone has come to expect from these music giants.
Paramount Artistic Director Jim Corti, the man responsible for the past two Jeff Award-winning Best Musicals (Large), Les Misérables and West Side Story, stages Paramount's rockin' opener.
Playing the Quartet are Adam Wesley Brown as Carl Perkins, Kavan Hashemian as Elvis Presley, Gavin Rohrer as Jerry Lee Lewis and Bill Scott Sheets as Johnny Cash, with Nicholas Harazin as Sam Phillips, Zach Lentino as Brother Jay, Courtney Mack as Dyanne and Scott Simon as Fluke.
The production team is Kory Danielson, music director; Trent Stork, associate director; Ethan Deppe, associate music director; Kevin Depinet, scenic design; Sally Dolembo, costume design; Jesse Klug, lighting design; Adam Rosenthal, sound designer; Katie Cordts, wig, hair and makeup design; Amanda Relaford, properties design; Susan Gosdick, dialect coach; Maggie O'Donnell, stage manager; and Matthew McMullen, assistant stage manager.
Don't miss Paramount's high-spirited, nostalgic new take on the three-time Tony Award nominated musical, featuring some of the biggest and best songs of all time like "Peace in the Valley," "Blue Suede Shoes," "Folsom Prison Blues," "I Walk the Line," "Hound Dog" and "Great Balls of Fire."
Performances continue through October 29: Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Thursday at 7 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m.;Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Single tickets are $36 to $64. Million Dollar Quartet is rated PG. For information, go to ParamountAurora.com, call (630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in Aurora.
Paramount Theatre Artistic Director Jim Corti, director of Million Dollar Quartet, with Mitzi Hamilton (of original Broadway A Chorus Line fame, and director/choreographer of Paramount's 2012 production of A Chorus Line) with her husband Paul F. Sloan.
Paramount Theatre's cast and crew celebrate the opening of Million Dollar Quartet. From left: assistant stage manager Matthew McMullen, associate music director Ethan Deppe, Courtney Mack (Dyanne), Scott Simon (Fluke), director Jim Corti, Gavin Rohrer (Jerry Lee Lewis), Kavan Hashemian (Elvis Presley), music director Kory Danielson and stage manager Maggie O'Donnell.
Paramount Theatre's cast and crew celebrate the opening of Million Dollar Quartet. From left: Jake Saleh (u/s Brother Jay), Jessie Pinnick (Marion Kiesker), Zachary Stevenson (u/s Carl Perkins), Michael Kurowski (u/s Jerry Lee Lewis), associate music director Ethan Deppe, Adam Wesley Brown (Carl Perkins), Nicholas Harazin (Sam Phillips), Bill Scott Sheets (Johnny Cash), Kavan Hashemian (Elvis Presley) and Courtney Mack (Dyanne).
Courtney Mack, Dyanne in Paramount Theatre's Million Dollar Quartet, with her boyfriend Treysen Vavra.
Opening night of Million Dollar Quartet attracted Paramount veteran actors Kiersten Frumkin, who starred as Sophie Sheridan in Paramount's 2016 production of Mamma Mia!, and Haley Jane Schafer, ensemble member in last season's Disney's The Little Mermaid.