The stars of the Million Dollar Quartet tour now playing through Sunday (May 11) in Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall took a trip to the Johnny Cash Museum today and ArtsNash was there.
The international Tony Award-winning musical is set on Dec. 4, 1956, when a 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, gathered the four legendary musicians 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.
The show features such timeless hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Ring of Fire,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “See Ya Later, Alligator,” “Fever,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more. Nashvillian Chuck Mead (co-founder of former country band BR549) is responsible for the show’s musical arrangements.
Portraying the musical icons are James Barry as Carl Perkins, John Countryman as Jerry Lee Lewis, Cody Ray Slaughter as Elvis Presleyand Scott Moreau as Johnny Cash. Vince Nappo plays the legendary Sam Phillips. The cast also features Kelly Lamont as Dyanne, and musicians Patrick Morrow (Fluke, drums) and Corey Kaiser (Jay Perkins, bass). Rounding out the company are Katie Barton, Andrew Frace, Robby Kipferl, Sean McGibbon, David Sonneborn and H. Bradley Waters.
To get your tickets click here to purchase them online or phone the TPAC box office at (615) 782-4040.
*Million Dollar Quartet artwork and video montage courtesy TPAC.