Thursday, January 21, 2010

Chicago Hit Million Dollar Quartet To Open On Broadway This Spring

I don't know about you but I am really looking forward to seeing Million Dollar Quartet. The show which was an unexpected hit in Chicago is set to begin previews at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre on March 13 with an official opening set for April 11. Now to be honest I wasn't familiar with the famous story that that the show is based on. For those others like me here is a brief synopsis of the show according to a production source.

"On December 4, 1956," press notes state, "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 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."

This new production features such classic songs like 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."

Portraying the famous foursome are Eddie Clendening, Lance Guest, Levi Kreis and Rob Lyons, who all appeared in the Chicago cast.It was just announced today that Tony nominee Hunter Foster(Little Shop of Horrors) as music producer Sam Phillips and Elizabeth Stanley(Cry-Baby) as Dyanne, a woman who arrives with Elvis.

Now like I said before I am really looking forward to this show. Expect it to be the sleeper hit of the season.

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