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A Tony-Winning Rock 'n' Roll Tribute
May 03 - May 26, 2019
Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square
Run Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
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
Directed by Hunter Foster
On December 4, 1956, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley fatefully found themselves together in a Memphis recording studio. The historic rock ‘n’ roll jam session that resulted was electrifying.
Step back in time to experience this irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets and celebrations – which boasts powerhouse performances and an incredible score of rock ‘n’ roll, R&B and country hits, including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog” and more.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is part of the Kulas Musical Theater Series at Great Lakes Theater.
Million Dollar Quartet Playbill
Blue Suede Shoes - Carl, Johnny, Jerry Lee, Elvis
Real Wild Child - Jerry Lee
Matchbox - Carl
Who Do You Love? - Carl
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny
Fever - Dyanne
Memories Are Made of This - Elvis
That’s All Right - Elvis
Brown Eyed Handsome Man - Carl, Jerry Lee, Elvis
Down by the Riverside - Carl, Johnny, Jerry Lee, Elvis
Sixteen Tons/My Babe - Carl, Johnny
Rockin’ Robin/I Shall Not Be Moved - Carl, Johnny, Jerry Lee, Elvis, Dyanne, Jay
Long Tall Sally - Elvis
Peace in the Valley - Carl, Johnny, Jerry Lee, Elvis, Dyanne
I Walk the Line - Johnny
I Hear You Knocking - Dyanne
Party - Carl, Johnny, Jerry Lee, Elvis, Dyanne
Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee
Hound Dog - Elvis
Ghost Riders - Johnny
See You Later Alligator - Carl
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On - Jerry Lee
It's hard to imagine the world of music today without the influence of Sam Phillips. He was a pioneer and an innovator, creating a whole new sound that transformed the music industry. He's been called the father of Rock and Roll, and it's true, there would be no Elvis Presley without Sam Phillips. It's staggering to think that so much of Rock and Roll's lineage tracks back to that tiny "Memphis Recording Service" that he created at 706 Union Street in Memphis. The Beatles claim that Carl Perkins was one of their greatest influences, covering his songs more than any other artist. Johnny Cash influenced the likes of Bob Dylan, and Elton John called Jerry Lee Lewis one of his greatest musical heroes. Today's performance reflects one legendary evening when all four of these great artists returned to that tiny studio, to their true home, to the place "where the soul of a man never dies."
Many thanks for the creation of this show must go to the original director, Eric Schaeffer, and musical director, Chuck Mead. Their passion and inspiration for this story and these legendary characters led to the show's creation.
Enjoy the show!
- Hunter Foster
Director, Million Dollar Quartet
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