Million Dollar Quartet to close on 24 Jun 2012

The dukebox musical Million Dollar Quartet will play its final performance on 24 Jun 2012, the show had been booking to 2 Sep 2012. When the show closes it will have played 901 performances on Broadway and at New World Stages.

Million Dollar Quartet opened at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre on 11 Apr 2010, following previews from 13 Mar 2010, where it ran through to 12 Jun 2011. The show then transferred Off-Broadway to its present home at New World Stages, where it began performances on 28 Jul 2011.

Million Dollar Quartet: On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley together. The place was Sun Records’ storefront studio in Memphis. The man who made it happen was Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ’n’ Roll,” who discovered them all. The four legends-to-be united for the only time in their careers for an impromptu recording that has come to be known as one of the greatest rock jam sessions of all time.

The show is about the singular moment when four of the music industry’s most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, came together for one of the most memorable nights in music history.

Inspired by the actual event, Million Dollar Quartet features some of the greatest rock and roll, gospel, R&B and country hits from these musicians, including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Riders in the Sky,” “I Walk the Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.”

Million Dollar Quartet is directed by Eric Schaeffer, features a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, and was originally directed and conceived by Mutrux.

The show currently features Eddie Clendening (Elvis Presley), Lance Guest (Johnny Cash), Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins), Randy Redd (Jerry Lee Lewis), Victoria Matlock (Dyanne) and Curt Bouril (Sam Phillips).

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).

Million Dollar Quartet won a 2010 Tony Award (Best Featured Actor: Levi Kreis) and was nominated for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical.

The musical opened to mixed reviews: There’s a lot to like (NY Times); You're better off staying home (USA Today); Packs a joyous wallop (The Record); Wildly entertaining show (The Hollywood Reporter).

In addition to the New York production, the Chicago production of Million Dollar Quartet opened in 2008 and is still playing at the Apollo Theatre.