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Curtain Up Productions, in conjunction with the Historic Palace Theatre in Lockport, announced the production of “Million Dollar Quartet,” the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “inspired by the electrifying true story of four rock ‘n’ roll icons.” The show makes its debut April 20, with shows running through April 30.
A press release stated, “Delivering the legendary night of the famed recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time, this dynamic production showcases an eclectic score of rock, gospel, R&B and country hits, including ‘Blue Suede Shoes,’ ‘That’s All Right,’ ‘Great Balls of Fire,’ ‘Walk the Line,’ ‘Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On’ and more.”
Organizers further explained, “ ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ is set on Dec. 4, 1956, when an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together. Sam Phillips, the ‘Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ who was responsible for launching the careers of each icon, brought the four legendary musicians together at the Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis for the first and only time. The resulting evening became known as one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in history. ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations.”
This show will be brought to life by area musicians Ed Croft (Johnny Cash), Nathan Roberts (Elvis Presley), Ryan Henneberger (Jerry Lee Lewis) and Michael Parrizzi (Carl Perkins). Brian Wilson plays Sam Phillips. The cast also features Kasie Buono as Dyanne, Paul Allison as Fluke and Paul Todaro as Jay Perkins.
“Million Dollar Quartet” is directed by Christopher Parada. The design team includes Zach Carr and Kimberly Potfora (vocal directors), Jordan Stover (costume designer) and Dan Wiegand (tech production).
For more information, or for tickets, visit www.lockportpalacetheatre.org; call 716-438-1130; or visit the Palace box office at 2 East Ave., Lockport.