Most music lovers would dream of the opportunity to spend an entire night with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash,
Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins or even be a fly on the wall observing a jam session of these brilliant musicians. The family
friendly, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet is one San Diego audiences will not want to miss December
3-8 at the San Diego Civic Theatre. The Theatre offers evening and matinee showings: Tuesday evening, December 3, 2013 at
7:00 PM; Wednesday evening, December 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM;
Thursday evening, December 5, 2013 at 7:30 PM; Friday evening,
December 6, 2013 at 8:00 PM; Saturday matinee, December 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM; Sat evening, December 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM;
matinee, December 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM; Sunday evening, December 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM. Audiences will be dancing in their seats
to rock and roll and rockabilly sounds of some of the greatest hits: Blue Suede Shoes, Real Wild Child, Folsom Prison Blues,
I Walk the Line, Great Balls of Fire, Hound Dog and more.
The musical is inspired by the recording
session when the "Father of Rock 'n' Roll," Sam Phillips, gathered Elvis Pressley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins
together for an unforgettable recording session. When Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley decided to independently drop by Sun Studios
to check out a recording session of Carl Perkins with the still unknown Jerry Lee Lewis on the keys, the stars were aligned
for an otherworldly impromptu jam session. Knowing that this was a rare opportunity, Sam Phillips left the recording tape
running and called a Memphis Press-Scimitar reporter and photographer to document this moment. This one time only event happened
on December 4, 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis, TN is now reenacted on numerous stages across North America.
the jam session, the musicians actually sang gospel and country songs. In the production, there is a woman by the name of
"Dyanne" who sings. She is representative of Elvis' girlfriend, a Las Vegas showgirl by the name of Marilyn Evans who was
at the studio that night. While Evans was at the studio during the jam session, she did not sing.
In his autobiography,
Johnny Cash discussed the Million-Dollar Quartet session that was meant to be a recording session for Carl Perkins, "There's
certainly a sense that Carl Perkins stands in the shadow of Elvis, Jerry Lee, and me. You can see when people talk or write
about the so-called Million-Dollar Quartet session, the only time to my knowledge that all four of us sang together. Somehow
Carl's name always seems to come last in the list of participants, but in fact it was his session that day." Cash also sheds
light on why Elvis left the building, "If you're wondering why Elvis left right after Jerry Lee got started, the answer is
simple: nobody, not even Elvis, ever wanted to follow Jerry Lee. And no, I don't remember Jerry Lee ever saying anything disparaging
about Elvis. He didn't have an attitude about Elvis especially; he just had an attitude."
is on stage as Carl Perkins. His credits include the original Broadway cast of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. John Countryman
takes on the role as Jerry Lee Lewis, while Tyler Hunter is Elvis Presley. Hunter is not knew to portraying Elvis, as he has
spent two years playing Elvis with the Legends in Concert in Atlantic City and Hawaii shows. Scott Moreau, who is experienced
at portraying a "Johnny," completes the quartet as Johnny Cash. Moreau played Johnny in the regional performance of Johnny
Guitar the Musical and Johnny Brown in The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Sam Phillips is played by Vince Nappo. He has recently
been seen on the ABC drama Red Window as Vincent. The cast of the quartet are joined by Corey Kaiser, Kelly Lamont, Patrick
Morrow, Katie Barton, Andrew Frace, Sean McGibbon, David Sonneborn, Bradley Waters and Robby Kipferl.
tour's creative team is an impressive group. The book was c-written by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux. Escott was born in England,
but now resides in Nashville, Tennessee where he as written books on Sun Records and co-produced works on Hank Williams. Mutrux
has collaborated and more on over 50 films in the last 25 years. The Director, Eric Shaeffer had worked on both Broadway and
West End productions of the Million Dollar Quartet and many more. He is the artistic director/co-founder of the Signature
Theatre in Washington DC. Schaeffer is joined by Derek McLane (Scenic Design), Howell Binkley (Lighting Design), Jane Greenwood
(Costume Design), Kai Harada (Sound Design), Chuck Mead (Musical Arrangements and Supervision), Michael Keller (Music Contractor),
Tom Watson (Hair and Wig Design), David Ruttura (Associate Director), Michael Krug (Production Stage Manager), Jason J. Carroll
(Stage Manager) and Telsey & Company (Casting). The creative team was brought together by a savvy group of producers:
Relevant Theatricals (headed by Gigi Pritzker and Ted Rawlins, John Cossette Productions, American Pop Anthology (Floyd and
Birgitte Mutrux), Broadway Across America (John Gore) and James L. Nederlander.