MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Makes L.A. Debut at Pantages Theatre, Now thru 7/1
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by BWW News Desk
Broadway/L.A. announces that MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, the Broadway musical inspired by the electrifying true story of four rock 'n' roll icons, makes its L.A. Premiere at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood for a limited 2 week engagement tonight, June 19 – July 1, 2012.
Tickets for MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET may be purchased online at www.BroadwayLA.org or by phone at 1-800-982-2787. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Pantages Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. The Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of Vine Street, and the box office opens daily at 10am.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is set on December 4, 1956, when an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together. Sam Phillips, the "Father of Rock 'n' Roll" who was responsible for launching the careers of each icon, brought the four legendary musicians together at the Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis for the first and only time. The resulting evening became known as one of the greatest rock 'n' roll jam sessions in history.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations featuring an eclectic score of rock, gospel, R&B and country hits including; "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "Sixteen Tons," "Who Do You Love?," "Great Balls of Fire," "Matchbox," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Hound Dog," and more.
The Broadway production opened in April 2010, and the musical continues its successful New York engagement at New World Stages through June 24th, 2012. The Chicago production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET opened in 2008 and is still playing to packed houses at the Apollo Theatre. The West End production played at the Noël Coward Theatre in London in 2011.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical (Colin Escott & Floyd Mutrux). The show received an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Musical Revue and three Drama League nominations including Distinguished Production of a Musical and Distinguished Performance.
Portraying the icons of rock 'n' roll are, Derek Keeling as Johnny Cash, Cody Slaughter as Elvis Presley, Martin Kaye as Jerry Lee Lewis and Lee Ferris as Carl Perkins. Christopher Ryan Grant will play the "Father of Rock 'n' Roll," Sam Phillips. The cast also features Kelly Lamont as Dyanne, and musicians Billy Shaffer (Fluke, drums), and Chuck Zayas (Jay Perkins, bass).
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET original creative and design teams will be continuing their roles for the tour. The show is directed by Eric Schaeffer and features a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux. The design team includes: Derek McLane (scenic design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Kai Harada (sound design) and Chuck Mead (musical arrangements and supervision).
The performance schedule for MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm. Opening Night is Tuesday June 19th at 8pm.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET has a running time of 1 hour and 50 minutes with no intermission and is recommended for ages 6 and up. (Note that in consideration of audiences, no one under 5 will be admitted to the theatre.)
Orchestra level tickets for MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET start at just $25. Prices are subject to change without notice.
For more information on MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, visit www.MillionDollarQuartetLive.com. And for tickets or more information about MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET's Los Angeles engagement, visit the Pantages Theatre's official website, www.BroadwayLA.org.
Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel