Million Dollar Quartet (Musical)
Blue Suede Shoes, Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, That's All Right, Fever, Who Do You Love?
Major Awards and nominations:
1 Tony Award and two nominations, 1 Drama Desk Award nomination
Basis and Production History
This jukebox musical takes its basis from the recordings that took place at the Sun Record Studios in 1956 by the leading artists of that era. The event is elaborated in a book by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott. Combining that significant event with a fresh lineup of performers, the musical sheds light on the fame and glory of the artists who were a part of the impromptu session. With a vitalizing blend of rock & roll and lively theatrics, Million Dollar Quartet premiered at Seaside Music Theatre in Florida in 2006. The musical was later performed in Washington till 2008 where it achieved a record-breaking box office success.
This gave way to the production in Chicago in 2008 and the show opened at the beautiful Apollo Theatre in November. The musical finally hit the Broadway stage in 2010 where it debuted at the Nederlander Theatre in April. Million Dollar Quartet tickets sold fast as the musical became a Broadway sensation. The show completed a successful run of 489 performances and came up with the West End production before closing in June 2011. During its West End production, the musical was held at Noel Coward Theatre in February 2011 and ran through January 2012. Coinciding with the West End, the musical also started a national tour in 2011 where it staged at historic theaters across the country.
The Off-Broadway run of the musical also spurred up in 2011 and closed in June 2012. Million Dollar Quartet garnered great positive reviews where it was appreciated for the ability and skills of the performers as well as for its bold theme. The New York Times and The New York Magazine gave positive reviews about the actors as well as the musicians involved along with the creative team.
A Tribute to the Legends
Besides covering the historical event of 1956's studio session, the musical pays homage to some of the most revered artists in the music history. The legendary lineup included Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis. These artists with their original approach and alluring persona fashioned the popular music by defining a new trend for pop and rock & roll. Million Dollar Quartet makes an attempt to measure the magnificence of their musicianship.
Elvis Presley's popularity and passion never dies, instead is growing as the time passes. Jerry Lee Lewis, famous as "The Killer" is one of the greatest musicians alive. Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins have deceased but their musical legacy continues and will be seen in generations to come. Hence the musical immortalizes the one and only jamming session that these icons were a part of. As the Tony Award winning musical hits the theatres in your town, make sure to attend it to witness incredible scenic design and costumes that complement the theme and evoke memories associated with the vintage music.