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Casting complete for West End Million Dollar Quartet

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Full casting for Million Dollar Quartet at the Noel Coward has now been announced. Joining the fabulous Francesca Jackson (Rent, ALNM in Paris) as Dyann will be the awesome Ben Goddard (Sunset Blvd, Martin Guerre, The Beautiful Game) as Jerry Lee Lewis and some other people I don't really know but assume will be really good - Derek Hagen (Johnny Cash), Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins) and Michael Malarkey (Elvis Presley) and Bill Ward (Sam Phillips).

I'm still not sure it's my cup of tea but as I have two friends in the cast, I have booked to see it on February 11. At least I know the performances will be great.
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London is very lucky to have Robert Britton Lyons as Carl Perkins. He's amazing.
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I listened to the cast album for the first time yesterday and it's definitely not gonna be my cup of tea but going to go in and try and enjoy it for what it is.

I really like Francesca Jackson, glad she finally has another West End gig, and Ben Goddard was fabulous in Sunset. Michael Malarkey has just been in Spring Storm/Beyond the Horizon at the National.

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Really pleased to see that you're a fan of Fran's, Mark. I know I'm biased as I've known her since she's about 10 years old but I honestly think she's really fantastic (she was most certainly fantastic as Petra in ALNM is Paris).
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The full cast has been announced for 'Million Dollar Quartet'

Opens at the Noel Coward Theatre 28th Feb 2011.
Previews from 8th Feb.
Closing 11th Oct 2011.

Joining previously mentioned Bill Ward (Sam Phillips), are Ben Goddard (Jerry Lee Lewis), Derek Hagen (Johnny Cash), Francesca Jackson (Dyanne), Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins) and Michael Malarkey (Elvis Presley).

Also in the cast are Justin Brett (Alternate Johnny Cash), Matthew Empson (Jerry Lee Lewis at certain performances), Kevin Mains (Elvis Presley at certain performances), Oliver Seymour-Marsh (Carl Perkins at certain performances), Gez Gerrard (Jay Perkins), Adam Riley (Fluke), Steven Bor, Sharon Clancy.

'Million Dollar Quartet' is inspired by the actual event that took place on 4 December 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis came together to make music and ended up making history.
The show features over 20 of the greatest rock ’n’ roll, gospel, R&B and country hits.

The musical has book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, originally conceived by Floyd Mutrux.

Directed by Eric Schaeffer
Designed by Derek McLane.
Musical arrangements and supervision Chuck Mead

Produced in London by Relevant Theatricals, John Cossette Productions, American Pop Anthology, John Gore, Thomas B. McGrath, James L. Nederlander, Joseph Smith and Michael McCabe.

The legendary meeting was masterminded by Sun Records’ founder Sam Phillips, who discovered all four of the musicians, and brought Elvis Presley (and his then girlfriend) back to the recording studio that launched him to stardom. Together with Sun Records' fast-rising new superstar Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, who was still chasing his next big hit after writing and recording Blue Suede Shoes, the fourth member of this impromptu "quartet" was Phillips' latest signing, Jerry Lee Lewis.

Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins) is making his West End debut in 'Million Dollar Quartet'. He made his Broadway debut playing ‘Carl Perkins’ in Million Dollar Quartet at the Nederlander Theatre, the role he created and has played in all previous productions of the show.

Michael Malarkey (Elvis Presley) is making his West End debut in 'Million Dollar Quartet'. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon and raised in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He trained at LAMDA and made his professional stage debut in Laurie Sansom's productions of Eugene O’Neill’s 'Beyond The Horizon' and Tennessee Williams’ 'Spring Storm' at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton, which transferred to the National Theatre.

Ben Goddard (Jerry Lee Lewis) played ‘Joe Gillis’ in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 'Sunset Boulevard' and ‘Arnaud du Thil’ in 'Martin Guerre', both directed and staged by Craig Revel Horwood at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury. 'Sunset Boulevard' transferred to the West End’s Comedy Theatre.

Derek Hagen (Johnny Cash) London theatre credits include 'Enron', directed by Rupert Goold; 'Carousel', directed by Lyndsay Posner; 'Gone With the Wind', directed by Trevor Nunn and 'Wonderful Town'.
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Poor man's Jersey Boys? Can't see this being taking off, however I did say that about Jersey Boys!

I think Elvis/Jerry Lewis etc shows in the UK have been done to death and shows related to them tour the UK constantly