Des Moines Performing Arts announces the national tour of the Broadway musical, “Million Dollar Quartet,” inspired by the electrifying true story, is coming to the Civic Center March 19-24 as part of the Willis Broadway Series presented by Des Moines Performing Arts.
The international smash hit musical, “Million Dollar Quartet” is set on December 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.
Tickets go on sale to the public at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 at the Civic Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge-by-phone at (800) 745-8000 and online at DesMoinesPerformingArts.org. Groups of 15 or more should call (515) 246-2340.
Tuesday March 19 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday March 20 7:30 p.m.
Thursday March 21 7:30 p.m.
Friday March 22 7:30 p.m.
Saturday March 23 2:00 p.m.
Saturday March 23 7:30 p.m.
Sunday March 24 1:00 p.m.
Sunday March 24 6:30 p.m.
“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.
Portraying these icons are, Derek Keeling as Johnny Cash, Cody Slaughter as Elvis Presley, Martin Kaye as Jerry Lee Lewis and Lee Ferris as Carl Perkins. Christopher Ryan Grant will play the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Sam Phillips. The cast also features Kelly Lamont as Dyanne, and musicians Billy Shaffer (Fluke, drums), and Chuck Zayas (Jay Perkins, bass). Rounding out the company is: Austin Cook, Scott F. Moreau, John Michael Presney, David Sonneborn, Alyssa Marie, and Billy Woodward.
The show is directed by Eric Schaeffer and features a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux. 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 Tony Award® for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical and received a Tony Award® nomination for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical (Colin Escott & Floyd Mutrux). The show received an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Musical Revue and three Drama League nominations including Distinguished Production of a Musical and Distinguished Performance.
“Million Dollar Quartet,” is produced by Relevant Theatricals, John Cossette Productions, American Pop Anthology and Broadway Across America.
For more information, please visit www.milliondollarquartetlive.com