One of music history’s most famed jam sessions takes center stage in “Million Dollar Quartet,” which opened April 11 at the Nederlander Theatre.
The musical by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux is a fictionalized take on the impromptu December 1956 recording session that brought four of the industry’s biggest names together in the Nashville-based Sun Records studio.
Charged with filling the respective shoes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins are actor-musicians Eddie Clendening, Lance Guest, Levi Kreis, and Robert Britton Lyons.
Since previews began on March 13, audience capacity in the 1,142-seat Nederlander has volleyed between the 60 and 70 percent marks. Regular tickets are priced from $45 to $135, with variation based on seat location. Premium seats range from $175 to $250, depending on the performance day and time.
Aside from its first reporting week on Broadway, which featured just three previews, receipts have been well above the $300,000 mark. Gross ticket sales were $332,360 for the week ending April 4, according to last week’s box office report from Broadway League.
Evening performances are scheduled Tuesday and Sunday at 7 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., while matinees run Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. The musical runs 90 minutes without an intermission.
“Million Dollar Quartet” is booked into an open-ended run at the Nederlander Theatre, located at 208 West 41st Street in New York. More ticketing and production details are available at the show’s official Web site.
Opening Night: “Million Dollar Quartet”
|Variety||Steven Suskin||“…a crowdpleaser that mixes jukebox and story into a satisfying whole…”|
|New York Times||Charles Isherwood||“There’s a lot to like about this relatively scrappy variation on a familiar theme.”|
|USA Today||Elysa Gardner||“…Patronizing… Broadway’s latest attempt to cash in on aging rock fans’ nostalgia…”|
|Hollywood Reporter||Frank Scheck||“…the terrific musicianship and incisive characterizations on display offset the Vegas-style atmosphere of the proceedings.”|
|Theatre Mania||Dan Bacalzo||“While the tuner is pleasant enough and includes a good selection of songs made popular by these artists, it’s also rather shallow and could use more theatrical electricity.”|
|The Washington Post||Peter Marks||“…the best seats for ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ are any ones within earshot.”|