On June 24, 2012, the reigning era of “Million Dollar Quartet’s” stage success will come to an end. After two years and more than 900 performances both on and off Broadway, this day will mark the show’s closing performance.
“Million Dollar Quartet,” written by Floyd Mutrix and Colin Escott, opened on Broadway in April 2010 at the Nederlander Theatre, starring Eddie Clandening, Lance Guest, Levi Kreis, and Robert Britton Lyons. It has since gone on to play off-Broadway at the New World Stages, where it opened in July 2011, in Chicago at the Apollo Theatre, and in London, where its West End production recently ended in 2011.
Currently, the show is on a national tour. Performances are set in a multitude of cities around the country (and even in Canada and Japan) until April 2013. The tour will hit major cities such as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Tokyo, as well as Ft. Lauderdale, Hartford, Orlando, Baltimore, San Antonio, Philadelphia, and more.
The musical tells the story of one “hallowed day in the history of rock ‘n’ roll,” as described by Charles Isherwood of The New York Times. December 4, 1959 — Sun Records recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee where “four great musicians with troubled lives and complicated careers came together to forget everything but what they loved to do most: express the riotous joy, beauty and sadness of life in songs that shoot straight for the soul.”
Featuring the famous musical stylings of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley, the musical showcases some of the most iconic songs in a variety of musical genres. There is rock and roll, gospel, R&B, and even some country. “Quartet’s” score includes titles like “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “I Walk The Line,” and “Who Do You Love?”
In 2010, actor Levi Kreis won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, for his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis. Kreis began listening to Lewis’ music at the age of six, when he also began playing the piano. “It’s very important for all of us to approach playing these roles with respect,” Kreis said to Christopher Blank of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis. “There’s nothing I’d like to do more than to please (Lewis) with this performance.”
“Quartet” also received an Outer Critics Circle Award, according to BroadwayWorld.com. In addition, the show received Tony nominations for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical, Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Musical Review, and three Drama League nominations.
Though “Quartet” will no longer be in New York, be sure to catch the rock and roll show in most major cities around the country! For more information on the national tour, visit http://www.milliondollarquartetlive.com/tour-info.html.