Million Dollar Quartet (2008)
Musical that tells the 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. Is inspired by the actual event that took place on 4 December 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis and features over 20 of the greatest rock ’n’ roll, gospel, R&B and country hits
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.
1 Million Dollar Quartet peut-être considéré comme un juke-box musical autour de la musique de Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis
The musical premiered at Florida's Seaside Music Theatre in 2006 and was then staged at the Village Theatre in Issaquah, Washington in September through October 2007, and Everett, Washington, in January 2008, breaking box office records.
The musical had a limited run at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, opening on September 27, 2008. Mutrux co-directed the Chicago production with Eric D. Schaeffer, Artistic Director of Virginia's Signature Theatre. The show transferred to Chicago's Apollo Theater where it opened on October 31, 2008.
The Broadway production premiered at the Nederlander Theatre on April 11, 2010, with a cast featuring Eddie Clendening as Elvis Presley, Lance Guest as Johnny Cash, Levi Kreis as Jerry Lee Lewis, Robert Britton Lyons as Carl Perkins and Hunter Foster as Sam Phillips. The Broadway cast also included Elizabeth Stanley as "Dyanne", who in the show accompanies Elvis Presley to the Sun Records studio and sings "Fever" and "I Hear You Knocking," as well as provides back-up vocals. The original Broadway cast also included Corey Kaiser as Jay Perkins on bass and Larry Lelli as Fluke the drummer. Again directed by Eric Schaeffer, the scenic design is by Derek McLane, costume design is by Jane Greenwood, and lighting design by Howell Binkley.
The musical was nominated for three 2010 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for Levi Kreis. Kreis won the award for Best Featured Actor for his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis.
The musical closed on June 12, 2011 after having played 489 performances and 34 previews. The production opened Off-Broadway at the New World Stages in July 2011.
West End (2011-2012)
Million Dollar Quartet: The Musical opened in the West End at the Noël Coward Theatre on February 28, 2011, with previews from February 8.
The original cast featured Bill Ward as Sam Phillips, Ben Goddard as Jerry Lee Lewis, Derek Hagen as Johnny Cash, Francesca Jackson as Dyanne, Robert Britton Lyons as Carl Perkins (However from March 2011, he was replaced by Oliver Seymour - Marsh who was originally the first understudy for the same role), and Michael Malarkey as Elvis Presley. This production is again directed by Schaeffer with orchestrations and arrangements by Chuck Mead. The show closed in London on January 14, 2012, having previously been booking until October 27, 2012.
The musical transferred to New World Stages in July 2011. The show had struggled at the box office in final months of the Broadway production, taking in $242,786 out of a potential $1,109,700 and playing to 36.76% of capacity for the week ending June 5, 2011. The cast for Million Dollar Quartet at New World Stages features Eric Stang (Jerry Lee Lewis), Eddie Clendening (Elvis Presley), Lance Guest (Johnny Cash), Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins), Victoria Matlock (Dyanne), James Moye (Sam Phillips), Corey Kaiser (Jay Perkins) and Don Peretz (Fluke). The production closed on June 24, 2012.
U.S. tour (2011-)
A United States national tour of the musical began in October 2011 at the Palace Theater at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio. The tour cast features Derek Keeling as Johnny Cash, Cody Slaughter as Elvis Presley, Martin Kaye as Jerry Lee Lewis, Lee Ferris as Carl Perkins, Christopher Ryan Grant as Sam Phillips, Kelly Lamont as Dyanne, Billy Shaffer as Fluke and Chuck Zayas as Jay Perkins. The national tour will hit Appleton Fox Cities, Portland, Miami, Houston, Indianapolis, Memphis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Tempe, Salt Lake City, Seattle, San Jose, and many more.
Blue Suede Shoes (Music and Lyrics By Carl L. Perkins) – Company
Real Wild Child (Music and Lyrics By John O'Keefe, John Greenan and Dave Owens) – Jerry Lee Lewis
Matchbox (Music and Lyrics By Carl L. Perkins) – Carl Perkins
Who Do You Love? (Music and Lyrics By Ellas McDaniel) – Carl Perkins
Folsom Prison Blues (Music and Lyrics By John R. Cash) – Johnny Cash
Fever(Music and Lyrics By Eddie Cooley and Johnny Davenport) – Dyanne
Memories Are Made of This (Music and Lyrics By Terry Gilkyson,Richard Dehr and Frank Miller) – Elvis Presley
That's All Right (Music and Lyrics By Arthur Crudup) – Elvis Presley
Brown Eyed Handsome Man (Music and Lyrics By Chuck Berry) – Company
Down by the Riverside – Company
Sixteen Tons (Music and Lyrics By Merle Travis) – Johnny Cash
My Babe (Music and Lyrics By Willie Dixon) – Carl Perkins
Long Tall Sally (Music and Lyrics By Robert Blackwell, Enotris Johnson and Richard Penniman) – Elvis Presley
Peace in the Valley (Music and Lyrics By Thomas A. Dorsey) – Company
I Walk the Line (Music and Lyrics By John R. Cash) – Johnny Cash
I Hear You Knocking (Music and Lyrics By Dave Bartholomewand Pearl King) – Dyanne
Party (Music and Lyrics By Jessie Mae Robinson) – Carl Perkins and Company
Great Balls of Fire (Music and Lyrics By Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer) – Jerry Lee Lewis
Down by the Riverside (Reprise) – Company
Hound Dog (Music and Lyrics By Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller) – Elvis Presley
Ghost Riders (Music and Lyrics By Stan Jones) – Johnny Cash
See You Later Alligator (Music and Lyrics By Robert Guidry) – Carl Perkins
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (Music and Lyrics By Curly Williams) – Jerry Lee Lewis
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