Weston's MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens August 8

Closing out the Weston 2018 Main Stage season is the Broadway hit Million Dollar Quartet, a rock and roll sensation brought to life, running August 9-September 2.

An impromptu meeting at Memphis' Sun Records brings Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins together for perhaps the most iconic moment in modern musical history. Be a fly on the wall as the foursome sizzle their way through toe-tapping, heart-pounding hits like "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Great Balls of Fire."

Million Dollar Quartet premiered on Broadway in 2010. The original production was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and Levi Kreis won for his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis. Since its Broadway run, Million Dollar Quartet has enjoyed a production on London's West End, a national tour, and countless regional productions all over the United States.

Weston welcomes a top-flight cast of actor-musicians to portray four distinct rock and roll legends. The principal cast includes Joe Boover as Elvis Presley, James Penca as Johnny Cash (Former Weston Young Company, Joe Iconis and Family), Tommy Crawford as Carl Perkins (Only Yesterday at Northern Stage), Jefferson McDonald as Jerry Lee Lewis, and Karack Osborn as Sam Phillips. The ensemble also includes Jonathan Brown, Caitlin Doak, and Kroy Presley.

The creative team is led by Broadway veteran Michael Berresse, who directed last season's hit musical Once as well as past favorites Next to Normal, Analog and Vinyl, and Peter and the Starcatcher. Joining him is Scenic Designer Timothy R. Mackabee (Broadway's The Elephant Man), Costume Designer Leon Dobkowski and Lighting Designer Seth Reiser (Weston's Once, Peter and the Starcatcher), and Sound Designer Josh Millican (Barrington Stage Company, Ars Nova).

Director/choreographer Berresse notes that "though history often views them as rebels, these rock and roll pioneers were also seeking something much deeper, an unapologetic truth and a cultural bridge. One of the first engines for building that bridge was a man named Sam Phillips and a place called Sun Records. Million Dollar Quartet is their story."

Sponsored by Casella, Million Dollar Quartet is a Vermont Arts 2018 Event and runs August 9-September 2 at the Weston Playhouse (8 Park St in Weston). Show times are at 7:30pm on Tuesday-Saturday, 2:00pm on Wednesday and Saturday, and at 3:00pm on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office between 10:00-6:00pm at 802-824-5288, or by visiting westonplayhouse.org. Ask about dinner at the theatre's farm to table restaurant, West Town Eatery, and Weston's famed post-show Cabaret, Yankee Magazine's "best place for a nightcap!"

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