Nederlander Theatre, (4/11/2010 - 6/12/2011)

First Preview: Mar 13, 2010
Opening Date: Apr 11, 2010
Closing Date: Jun 12, 2011
Total Previews: 34
Total Performances: 489

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: Sun Records' storefront studio in Memphis. 1956.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization (James M. Nederlander: Chairman; James L. Nederlander: President)

Produced by Relevant Theatricals, John Cossette Productions, American Pop Anthology, Broadway Across America and James L. Nederlander

Developed and Produced at Village Theatre (Robb Hunt, Executive Producer; Steve Tomkins, Artistic Director); Originally presented by Seaside Music Theater (Tippin Davidson, Producer; Lester Malizia, Artistic Director)

Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux; Music arranged by Chuck Mead; Additional Arrangements by Levi Kreis

Directed by Eric Schaeffer; Conceived by Floyd Mutrux; Originally directed by: Floyd Mutrux; Assistant Director: David Ruttura

Scenic Design by Derek McLane; Costume Design by Jane Greenwood; Lighting Design by Howell Binkley; Sound Design by Kai Harada; Hair and Wig Design by Tom Watson; Associate Scenic Design: Shoko Kambara; Associate Costume Design: Moria Clinton; Associate Lighting Design: Ryan O'Gara

General Manager: Alan Wasser and Allan Williams; Company Manager: Jolie Gabler

Production Manager: Juniper Street Productions; Production Stage Manager: Robert Witherow; Assistant Stage Mgr: Carolyn Kelson and Erik Hayden

Musical Supervisor: Chuck Mead; Associate Musical Supervisor: August Eriksmoen; Bass: Corey Kaiser; Drummer: Larry Lelli

Casting: Telsey + Company; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Director of Marketing: Carol Chiavetta; Marketing: Allied Live; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Photographer: Joan Marcus

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Opening Night Cast

Eddie Clendening
Broadway debut
Elvis Presley
Lance Guest
Broadway debut
Johnny Cash
Levi Kreis
Broadway debut
Jerry Lee Lewis
(Mar 13, 2010 - Mar 03, 2011)
Rob Lyons
Broadway debut
Carl Perkins
(Mar 13, 2010 - Mar 13, 2011)
Hunter FosterSam Phillips
Elizabeth StanleyDyanne
(Mar 13, 2010 - Mar 13, 2011)

Understudies: Christopher Ryan Grant (Johnny Cash), Erik Hayden (Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley), Jared Mason (Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis), Victoria Matlock (Dyanne), James Moye (Sam Phillips) and James Scheider (Jerry Lee Lewis)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2010 Best Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Relevant Theatricals, John Cossette Productions, American Pop Anthology, Broadway Across America and James L. Nederlander

 2010 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux

winner 2010 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [winner] 

Levi Kreis

Drama Desk Award

 2010 Outstanding Musical Revue [nominee] 

Produced by Relevant Theatricals, John Cossette Productions, American Pop Anthology, Broadway Across America and James L. Nederlander


ACT 1 Sung By
Blue Suede Shoes
(music by Carl L. Perkins; lyrics by Carl L. Perkins )
Real Wild Child
(music by John O'Keefe, John Greenan and Dave Owens; lyrics by John O'Keefe, John Greenan and Dave Owens )
Jerry Lee Lewis
(music by Carl L. Perkins; lyrics by Carl L. Perkins )
Carl Perkins
Who Do You Love?
(music by Ellas McDaniel; lyrics by Ellas McDaniel )
Carl Perkins
Folsom Prison Blues
(music by John R. Cash; lyrics by John R. Cash )
Johnny Cash
(music by Eddie Cooley and Johnny Davenport; lyrics by Eddie Cooley and Johnny Davenport )
Memories Are Made of This
(music by Terry Gilkyson, Richard Dehr and Frank Miller; lyrics by Terry Gilkyson, Richard Dehr and Frank Miller )
Elvis Presley
That's All Right
(music by Arthur Crudup; lyrics by Arthur Crudup )
Elvis Presley
Brown Eyed Handsome Man
(music by Chuck Berry; lyrics by Chuck Berry )
Down by the RiversideCompany
Sixteen Tons
(music by Merle Travis; lyrics by Merle Travis )
Johnny Cash
My Babe
(music by Willie Dixon; lyrics by Willie Dixon )
Carl Perkins
Long Tall Sally
(music by Robert Blackwell, Enotris Johnson and Richard Penniman; lyrics by Robert Blackwell, Enotris Johnson and Richard Penniman )
Elvis Presley
Peace in the Valley
(music by Thomas A. Dorsey; lyrics by Thomas A. Dorsey )
I Walk the Line
(music by John R. Cash; lyrics by John R. Cash )
Johnny Cash
I Hear You Knockin
(music by Dave Bartholomew and Pearl King; lyrics by Dave Bartholomew and Pearl King )
(music by Jessie Mae Robinson; lyrics by Jessie Mae Robinson )
Carl Perkins and Company
Great Balls of Fire
(music by Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer; lyrics by Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer )
Jerry Lee Lewis
Down by the Riverside (Reprise) Company
Hound Dog
(music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller; lyrics by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller )
Elvis Presley
Ghost Riders
(music by Stan Jones; lyrics by Stan Jones )
Johnny Cash
See You Later Alligator
(music by Robert Guidry; lyrics by Robert Guidry )
Carl Perkins
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
(music by Curly Williams; lyrics by Curly Williams )
Jerry Lee Lewis


AP: "Quartet of music legends rocks 'n' rolls on B'way"

Put Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis in a Memphis recording studio and you're bound to make musical fireworks. Maybe even a Broadway show.

That's the premise behind "Million Dollar Quartet," a fictional recreation of their celebrated jam session on Dec. 4, 1956, apparently the only time these music legends ever played together. This high-energy entertainment, which opened Sunday at the Nederlander Theatre, is part jukebox concert, part history lesson of '50s pop music and part cautionary tale about the ups and downs of show biz.

If the story, fashioned by book writers Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, is elemental and often a bit awkward, the musical performances are not - a galvanizing collection of singers and musicians who deliver the songs with an explosive authority that really rocks the house.

The original session was orchestrated by Sun Records producer Sam Phillips, the mastermind behind the early recordings of all four singers. He's the man who pushed them on the road to stardom.

Phillips, played by Hunter Foster with good ol' boy charm, is also the show's nominal narrator. His story is an important part of "Million Dollar Quartet."

"I didn't just wanna play the tunes. I wanted to record them," Phillips drawls early on in the evening.

And what tunes, classics ranging from "Blue Suede Shoes" to "Folsom Prison Blues" to "Long Tall Sally" to "Great Balls of Fire." Particularly as sung and played by the four performers who eerily inhabit these musical giants in their younger, formative years.

Lance Guest is an authentic, grade A Johnny Cash, looking and sounding amazingly like the country-western icon.

As Presley, Eddie Clendening has the most difficult job - capturing the best-known voice in the show and the emotions of the shy, young man bewildered by the enormous attention he has received. Clendening does the King just fine.

Rockabilly star Perkins is perhaps the most interesting character on stage. The singer is bitter because his version of "Blue Suede Shoes" was overshadowed by Presley's later take on the song. Robert Britton Lyons effectively portrays the man's hurt and anger, an anger that has an outlet in his furious yet fabulous guitar-playing.

If there is a scene-stealer in "Million Dollar Quartet," it's Levi Kreis as the more than ebullient Lewis, whose confidence - and his piano-playing - can't be contained.

There is also one other character, Presley's mysterious female companion, here called Dyanne, played by a sexy, red-haired Elizabeth Stanley. She holds her own with the show's other singers, especially on a defiant version of "I Hear You Knocking." Yet her presence is never fully explained.

Eric Schaeffer, who runs the Signature Theatre in Washington's Virginia suburbs, has staged the show with a minimum of fuss. The book heads toward a glum confrontation between Phillips and several of the singers, who are leaving Sun Records for more lucrative contracts with larger recording labels.

Yet the gloom is dispelled quickly when "Million Dollar Quartet" finishes up its curtain calls with high-voltage renditions of "Hound Dog," "Ghost Riders in the Sky," "See You Later Alligator" and the appropriately titled "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On." Of course, they get the cheering audience to its feet.


Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Nederlander Theatre

(4/11/2010 - 6/12/2011)


David Abeles
Took over for Levi Kreis in his absence.
Jerry Lee Lewis (Mar 4, 2011 - Mar 13, 2011)
Hunter Foster
Sam Phillips (May 3, 2011 - ?)
Erik Hayden
Carl Perkins (Mar 15, 2011 - May 1, 2011)
Jerry Lee Lewis
One-night-only encore
(Sep 10, 2010 - Sep 10, 2010)
Rob Lyons
Carl Perkins (May 3, 2011 - Jun 12, 2011)
Jared Mason
Carl Perkins
Jerry Lee Lewis (Mar 15, 2011 - ?)
Victoria Matlock
Dyanne (Mar 15, 2011 - Jun 12, 2011)
James Moye
during Hunter Foster's hiatus
Sam Phillips (Dec 21, 2010 - May 1, 2011)

Understudies: David Abeles (Jerry Lee Lewis), Steve Benoit (Elvis Presley), Christopher Ryan Grant (Sam Phillips), Nicolette Hart (Dyanne), Dan Mills (Carl Perkins), Randy Redd (Jerry Lee Lewis), Billy Woodward (Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash).

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