Levi Kreis, Rob Lyons, Eddie Clendening & Lance Guest in 'Million Dollar Quartet'
Rockabilly musical Million Dollar Quartet will reopen on July 28 in its new off-Broadway home at New World Stages. The Broadway production, which opened at the Nederlander Theatre on April 11, 2010, played its final performance on June 12, 2011 with a cast that featured original stars Eddie Clendening as Elvis Presley, Lance Guest at Johnny Cash, Robert Britton Lyons as Carl Perkins and Hunter Foster as record producer Sam Phillips, with Jared Mason as Jerry Lee Lewis and Victoria Matlock as Dyanne. Official casting for the off-Broadway version of the show has not been announced.
Inspired by the famed December 4, 1956, recording session that brought together four rock icons, Million Dollar Quartet recreates the historic day in the Memphis Sun Records studio when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins took part in an impromptu jam session. The show includes some of the actual songs that were performed on the day as well as standards for the quartet including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On.”
In addition to the New York production, Million Dollar Quartet is currently running at Chicago’s Apollo Theatre, where the show began life in 2008 on a stage producers noted is equal in size to the one the show will occupy at New World Stages. A London production is currently on view at the Noel Coward Theatre, and a national tour is set to launch in October.