Wednesday, August 9, 2017

"Million Dollar Quartet" Now at Benedum Center

Martin Kaye, Billy Finn, James Snyder & Derek Keeling Credit: Matt Polk


MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the smash-hit, Tony Award-winning musical inspired by the unexpected recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

On December 4, 1956, this unlikely quartet converged on Sun Records in Memphis. They didn’t always get along, but when it came to the music, they created something special. Thankfully, Sun’s owner, Sam Phillips, flipped the recording switch and rock ‘n’ roll history was made.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET takes you behind the music with a monumental night that explodes off the stage with 21 legendary hits that defined rock 'n'  roll, including: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Hound Dog.”

The show runs from August 9 through August13 at the Benedum Center, Downtown Pittsburgh. For tickets. go to goo.gl/5Jd2AV.

ABOUT

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the smash-hit,Tony Award®-winning musical inspired by the unexpected recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. On December 4,1956, this unlikely quartet converged on Sun Records in Memphis.They didn’t always get along, but when it came to the music, they created something special. Thankfully, Sun’s owner,Sam Phillips, flipped the recording switch and rock ‘n’ roll history was made.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET takes you behind the musicw ith a monumental night that explodes off the stage with 21 legendary hits that defined rock ‘n’roll, including:“Blue Suede Shoes,”“Walk the Line,”“Great Balls of Fire,”“Folsom Prison Blues,”“Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”and“Hound Dog.”

Zurin Villanueva & James Snyder Credit: Matt Polk
MUSICAL NUMBERS
Matchbox
Who Do You Love?
Folsom Prison Blues
Fever
Memories are Made of This
That’s All Right
Brown Eyed Handsome Man
Down by  he Riverside
SixteenTons
MyBabe
Blue Suede Shoes
Long Tall Sally
Real Wild Child
Peace in the Valley
I Walk the Line
I Hear You Knocking
Party
Great Balls of Fire
Down by the Riverside (Reprise)
Hound Dog
Ghost Riders
See You Later Alligator
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On

RUN TIME
Approximately 90 minutes; no intermission.

PARENTAL GUIDELINES
Recommended for children ages 6 years and older.
Please note that children under the age of 3 will not be admitted to the theater.

Cast of "Million Dollar Quartet" Credit: Matt Polk
CHARACTERS CARL PERKINS –The King of Rockabilly.He is best known for his songs“Blue Suede Shoes,”and “Matchbox.”
JOHNNY CASH –An icon who spans multiple genres, Cash is most famous for his songs“I Walk the Line,”
“Ring of Fire”and“Folsom Prison Blues,”among many notable others.
JERRY LEE LEWIS –A talented pianist and vocalist,Lewis gained wide-spread fame from his songs“Whole
Lotta Shakin’ Going On,”“Great Balls of Fire”and“Real Wild Child.”
ELVIS PRESLEY – One of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, Presley is still known today as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
SAM PHILLIPS –A producer, label owner and talent scout who helped to discover the likes of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.
DYANNE – Based off of Presley’s little-known girlfriend Marilyn Evans, Dyanne is Elvis’ fictional girlfriend .JAY PERKINS –The oldest of the Perkins brothers, P erkins was a vocalist and guitarist for the Perkins
Brothers Band.
W.S.“FLUKE” HOLLAND –A drummer who worked with multiple rock ‘n’ roll icons, including the Perkins Brothers Band and Johnny Cash.

SYNOPSIS

The date is December 4,1956. Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley assemble at the Sun Recording Studio in Memphis, Tennessee.
Perkins was originally scheduled to record songs with new performer, Lewis. Presley stops by with his girlfriend Dyanne, and Cash has come to speak with Phillips. The coincidental convergence of talent erupts into a full-on jam session, laced with some of greatest hits of the 1950s.

Loosely woven throughout the jam session is a story line narrated by Phillips,who tells the audience about his
role in each of the artists’ careers.Phillips reveals that he has sold Presley’s contract to RCA in hopes that the sale will keep Sun Records alive. He produced Perkins’ smash-hit “Blue Suede Shoes,”but is having a hard time finding him a new hit.

Cash’s contract with Sun Records is about to expire, and he is hoping Cash will sign a contract extension to ensure a future for his record company. All the while, the legendary artists take turns playing their most popular songs, resulting in one of the most legendary jam-sessions known to modern-day
music.

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