The original Braodway cast of "Million Dollar Quartet" jams on stage. Photo by Joan Marcus

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‘Million Dollar Quartet’ celebrates music legends

By From page B3 | April 11, 2012

The national tour of “Million Dollar Quartet,” the Tony Award-winning new musical inspired by the true story of four rock ‘n’ roll icons, will make its Sacramento premiere April 17-22 at Community Center Theater as part of the Broadway Sacramento series.

On Dec. 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis 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 young musicians united for the only time in their careers for an impromptu recording that has come to be known as one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions of all time.

“Million Dollar Quartet” brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations featuring an eclectic score of rock, gospel, R&B and country hits including; “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog” and more.

The New York Times praises “Million Dollar Quartet” by saying, “A hit parade of favorites, providing the audience with blast after blast of sweet nostalgia.”

“Million Dollar Quartet” is directed by Eric Schaeffer and features a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux. The design team for the national tour includes: Derek McLane (scenic design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Kai Harada (sound design) and Chuck Mead (musical arrangements and supervision).

Tickets for “Million Dollar Quartet” are available by calling (916) 557-1999 or (916) 808-5181, or online at Tickets.com. Tickets are also available at the Wells Fargo Pavilion box office,1419 H St. in Sacramento, and at the convention center box office, 1301 L St. in Sacramento. Tickets start at $19. Evening performances are Tuesday, April 17, through Saturday, April 21, at 8 p.m.; matinee performances are Thursday, April 19, Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. Broadway Sacramento is presented by California Musical Theatre and sponsored by Wells Fargo.

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