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National Tour of Million Dollar Quartet Premieres in Fort Worth

Feb 26, 2013 01:21PM ● Published by tina

The National tour of Million Dollar Quartet premieres at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Daniel

The national tour of the Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet, inspired by the electrifying true story, will make its Fort Worth premiere March 5-10, at Bass Performance Hall as part of the Broadway at the Bass supported by Sewell Series.

The international Tony® Award-winning musical, 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.

Portraying these icons are, James Barry as Carl Perkins, David Elkins as Johnny Cash,Ben Goddard as Jerry Lee Lewis, and Cody Slaughter as Elvis Presley. Vince Nappoplays the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Sam Phillips.  The cast also features Kelly Lamont as Dyanne, and musicians Billy Shaffer (Fluke, drums), and Corey Kaiser  (Jay Perkins, bass). Rounding out the company are:Katie Barton, Austin Cook, Scott Moreau, John Michael Presney, David Sonneborn, and Billy Woodward. 

The show is directed by Eric Schaefferand features a book by Colin Escottand 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).

Ben Goddard is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.

When the Broadway production opened in April 2010, critics and audiences leapt to their feet in unanimous praise. The New York Times called the show, “a buoyant new musical that whips the crowd into a frenzy,” New York Magazine labeled it, “a dazzling raucous spectacle that sounds like a million bucks,” and NY1 called it, “90 minutes of platinum grade entertainment.” The musical continued its successful New York engagement at New World Stages through June 2012.

The Chicago production of Million Dollar Quartet opened in 2008and is still playing to packed houses at the Apollo Theatre. The West End production played at the Noël Coward Theatre in London in 2011, and a Las Vegas production moves into the Harrah’s Showroom beginning February 2013. 

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.

Million Dollar Quartet is produced by Relevant Theatricals, James L. Nederlander, John Cossette Productions, American Pop Anthology and Broadway Across America.

To charge tickets by phone, call 817-212-4280 in Fort Worth; 1-877-212-4280 (toll free) outside Fort Worth; or order online at Bass Performance Hall. Tickets are also available at the Bass Performance Hall ticket office at 525 Commerce Street. Ticket office hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For group sales, call 817-212-4248. 

Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

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