Million Dollar Quartet
Book by COLIN ESCOTT and FLOYD MUTRUX Original Concept and Direction by FLOYD MUTRUX Inspired by ELVIS PRESLEY, JOHNNY CASH, JERRY LEE LEWIS and CARL PERKINS
The Million Dollar Quartet recounts what happened during an overcast afternoon in Memphis on Dec. 4, 1956 when four young performers–Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash participated in a star-studded jam session at Sam Phillips’ Sun Records in Memphis. Perkins was there for a session with several backup players, one of them the yet to be famous Jerry Lee Lewis. During the session, Johnny Cash dropped by to listen, and then Elvis Presley stopped by to say hello to Sam Phillips, who had earlier had him under contract. And, of course, everybody started singing for an hour or two.
Sam Phillips and his engineer realized that this was a special session: the engineer kept the tape running and Sam phoned a reporter friend, who ran a story the next day on the session: “This quartet could sell a million.” Shortly after they were known as “The Million Dollar Quartet.” The so-called Million Dollar Quartet became legendary over the next few decades, not because of what they were on that day, but because of what they all became over the next 20 years.
This Tony-nominated show captures the contagious spirit, freewheeling excitement, and thrilling sounds of the once-in-a-lifetime event where four of music’s best talents came together.
Million Dollar Quartet
is presented by Strauss Theatre Center
at the Bandstand stage at Kiroli Park
October 15, 16, 17 at 6:30pm and October 18 at 2pm
Director – Josh Madden
Joel Jordan – Carl Perkins
Asa Stone – Elvis Presley
Mason Howard – Johnny Cash
Stephen Paul Smith – Jerry Lee Lewis
Rachal Graham – Dyanne
Scott Stone – Sam Phillips
Bill Boles – Brother Jay
Mike Martinez – Fluke
Sponsored by Dr. Larry Dana, Ronnie & Pat Wood, Gus and Jane Campbell, Bill & Scarlett Boles
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Originally developed and produced by Relevant Theatricals, John Cossette Productions and Northern Lights, Inc. at the Goodman Theatre, Robert Falls, Artistic Director – Roche Shulfer, Executive Director and transferred to The Apollo Theatre, Chicago, IL, 2008 Produced by the Village Theatre, Issaquah, Washington, Robb Hunt, Producer – Steve Tompkins, Artistic Director, 2007 and Seaside Music Theater, Daytona Beach, FL, Tippin Davidson, Producer – Lester Malizia, Artistic Director, 2006
Million Dollar Quartet is presented through special arrangement with and all performance materials are supplied by Theatricals Rights Worldwide 1190 Avenue of Americans, Suite 640 New York, NY 10035 www.theatricalrights.com