Million Dollar Quartet 2010

Run Time:
1 Hour and 40 Minutes, with no intermission
Opened: April 11, 2010
Closing: June 12, 2011

Million Dollar Quartet - 2010 - Broadway History , Info & More

Nederlander Theatre (Broadway)
208 W. 41st St. New York, NY 10036

On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, 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 legends-to-be united for the only time in their careers for an impromptu recording that has come to be known as one of the greatest rock jam sessions of all time.



MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET features a treasure trove of the greatest rock 'n' roll, gospel, R&B and country hits from these music legends, including such iconic songs as "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "Sixteen Tons," "Who Do You Love?," "Great Balls of Fire," "Riders in the Sky," "I Walk the Line," "Folsom Prison Blues," and "Whole Lotta' Shakin' Goin' On." MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET captures the infectious spirit, freewheeling excitement and thrilling sounds of a singular moment when four of the music industry's most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, came together for one of the most memorable nights in music history.


Million Dollar Quartet - 2010 - Broadway Cast

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FEATURED REVIEWS FOR Million Dollar Quartet

'Million Dollar Quartet' plays a familiar tune
3 / 10

Really, this is little more than a glorified club act, a concert of terrific formative rock and roll loosely held together with conversational connective tissue and telescoped rock history. Considerable care has clearly been taken to cast more for sound-alikes than look-alikes, and the musicians - especially Levi Kreis as irrepressible newcomer Jerry Lee - convey the raw, rough energy of guys raised dirt-poor and riding a comet to unknowable cultural change...[Sam] Phillips urges on his fine musicians: 'My God, this is where the soul of music never dies.' Well, perhaps it does turn over in its grave a bit.

Forming rock without heat
2 / 10

The problem is that these four stars are played by journeymen. Only Levi Kreis, as Jerry Lee Lewis, projects any kind of energy. Lance Guest displays an impressive baritone as Cash, but he trips on half his spoken lines. Robert Britton Lyons' Carl Perkins barely registers, even though the character has a chip on his shoulder that could have made for good drama -- if, you know, the show had been remotely interested in drama. Worse of all, Eddie Clendening's Elvis is completely neutered. It's impossible to picture this guy driving millions of women crazy. Even the girlfriend who accompanies him to the studio, Dyanne (Elizabeth Stanley, from 'Cry-Baby'), seems vaguely bored.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET to Close on Broadway 6/12; Opens in July at New World Stages
by Kelsey Denette - June 7, 2011


MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, the international musical sensation, will transfer to New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) this July. The show will play its final performance at the Nederlander Theatre on Sunday, June 12. Exact dates and ticketing information for the New World Stages run of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET will be announced shortly.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Launches Online Casting Contest
by Nicole Rosky - May 17, 2011


MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, the smash-hit musical with productions in Chicago, New York, London, and a national tour to start this fall, announces 'Do You Have What It Takes?,' an online casting contest to find musician/singer/actors for the roles of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. 'Do You Have What It Takes?' will launch Tuesday, May 17 at www.MillionDollarQuartetLive.com/casting.

TV: Robert Britton Lyons Brings His Rockabilly Alter-Ego Back to Broadway in MDQ!
by Jessica Lewis - May 13, 2011


On May 3, Robert Britton Lyons, Million Dollar Quartet's original Carl Perkins, returned home to the Nederlander stage in the hit production. Lyons is just back from West End, where he originated the role of Perkins in Million Dollar Quartet for London audiences. Original co-star Hunter Foster rejoined the produciton on May 3, as well.

STAGE TUBE: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Performs at Tribeca
by Lauren Wolman - May 8, 2011


The Broadway cast of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET performed 'Blue Suede Shoes' at the annual Tribeca Film Festival on April 30.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET to Dim Lights for John Cossette
by Nicole Rosky - April 27, 2011


The three productions worldwide of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET will dim their lights tonight in honor of producer John Cossette who passed away yesterday, April 26.

STAGE TUBE: Cowboy Jack Clement Performs in MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
by Nicole Rosky - April 22, 2011


Yesterday evening, Clement took the stage of the Nederlander Theatre to join the cast of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET in the special encore. Cowboy Jack Clement is a legendary songwriter and record producer. On the date of the 1956 Million Dollar Quartet sessions at Sun Records, Jack was the engineer. Without Cowboy Jack, Presley, Cash, Lewis & Perkin's impromptu recording session would never have been documented on tape. Cowboy Jack has worked with such legends as Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Ray Charles, Carl Perkins, Bobby Bare, Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves, Jerry Lee Lewis, Cliff Richard, Charley Pride, Tom Jones, Dickey Lee, Hank Snow, and Waylon Jennings.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Welcomes Cowboy Jack Clement, 4/21
by BWW News Desk - April 21, 2011


MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, Broadway's hit musical, is pleased to announce that Cowboy Jack Clement, will join the cast of the Tony nominated Best Musical for a special performance during the finale of the Thursday evening, April 21 performance at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street).

Hunter Foster to Return to MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
by Nicole Rosky - April 18, 2011


Hunter Foster, who originated the role of 'Sam Phillips' in MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET on Broadway will return to the production on May 3. Robert Britton Lyons, who starred as 'Carl Perkins' in the original London cast, will also join the Broadway production.

STAGE TUBE: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Visits Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
by Nicole Rosky - April 13, 2011


The Chicago production of Million Dollar Quartet opened in 2008 and is still playing to packed houses at the Apollo Theatre. In the following video the cast takes a trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Click below to check it out!

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Welcomes Cowboy Jack Clement, 4/21
by Nicole Rosky - April 4, 2011


MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, Broadway's hit musical, is pleased to announce that Cowboy Jack Clement, will join the cast of the Tony nominated Best Musical for a special performance during the finale of the Thursday evening, April 21 performance at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street).

Levi Kreis Departs MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Early Due to Injury
by Nicole Rosky - March 11, 2011


BroadwayWorld has confirmed with a production source that Million Dollar Quartet star and Tony winner Levi Kreis will depart the production earlier than scheduled due to an injury he sustained on March 3. Kreis wrote on his Twitter page earlier this week: 'If u r planning 2 c my MDQ perf. b4 the 13th, u should know I THINK I tore my ACL surgery out, & could be done. I get MRI results Monday.'

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET To Open at Noel Coward Theatre Feb 28, 2011
by BWW News Desk - February 28, 2011


MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, the new West End musical that tells the electrifying story of the night in 1956 when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis came together to make music and ended up making history, will star Ben Goddard (Jerry Lee Lewis), Derek Hagen (Johnny Cash), Francesca Jackson (Dyanne), Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins) and Michael Malarkey (Elvis Presley), joining the previously announced Bill Ward (Sam Phillips).

Chicago's MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Celebrates 1,000 Performances
by Kelsey Denette - February 16, 2011


On Friday, Friday 18, 2011, Million Dollar Quartet will celebrate its 1000th performance in Chicago by putting a new block of tickets on sale for performances through September 25, 2011. The Tony-nominated musical inspired by the famed 1956 recording session that brought together legendary rock ‘n' roll icons Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, celebrates its long run in Chicago, a successful, multiple Tony-nominated Broadway run and a London production, opening February 28.

MDQ's 'Carl Perkins' Jared Mason to Play 'Jerry Lee Lewis' After Levi Kreis Departs, 3/15
by Jessica Lewis - February 15, 2011


MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, the hit Broadway musical, announces that Jared Mason will assume the role of Jerry Lee Lewis at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street) starting Tuesday, March 15.

MDQ's Clendening And Guest Appear On Boomer & Carton
by BWW News Desk - February 10, 2011


MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET stars Eddie Clendening and Lance Guest will appear live on "Boomer & Carton," the sports talk show broadcast simultaneously on WFAN (660 AM) and MSG-TV (Time Warner Channel 27) starting at 9 AM tomorrow.

MDQ's Clendening And Guest Appear On Boomer & Carton
by Gabrielle Sierra - February 10, 2011


MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET stars Eddie Clendening and Lance Guest will appear live on "Boomer & Carton," the sports talk show broadcast simultaneously on WFAN (660 AM) and MSG-TV (Time Warner Channel 27) starting at 9 AM tomorrow.

KNOB Hosts FAN FESTIVAL At Bowlmor Times Square 2/6
by BWW News Desk - February 6, 2011


"Fan Festival" kicks off The Broadway League's annual Kids' Night on Broadway!

KNOB Hosts FAN FESTIVAL At Bowlmor Times Square
by Gabrielle Sierra - February 4, 2011


"Fan Festival" kicks off The Broadway League's annual Kids' Night on Broadway!

STAGE TUBE: Lee Rocker Performs with MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
by Gabrielle Sierra - January 31, 2011


Yesterday Lee Rocker, bassist and vocalist for the Grammy nominated band The Stray Cats performed "Rockabilly Boogie" in celebration of his final performance with the cast of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, the Broadway musical sensation.

Million Dollar Quartet History

Other Productions of Million Dollar Quartet

2010   Broadway Original Broadway Production
Broadway
2011   West End Original London Production
West End
2011   Off-Broadway Off-Broadway Transfer
Off-Broadway
2011   US Tour National Tour
US Tour

Million Dollar Quartet - 2010 Broadway Awards and Nominations

Note: Award winners will appear on a background
Year Ceremony Category Nominee
2010 Drama Desk Awards utstanding Musical Revue Million Dollar Quartet
2010 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Levi Kreis
2010 Tony Awards Best Book of a Musical Colin Escott
2010 Tony Awards Best Book of a Musical Floyd Mutrux
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical Relevant Theatricals
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical John Cossette Productions
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical American Pop Anthology
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical Broadway Across America
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical James L. Nederlander
2010 Tony Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical Levi Kreis

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