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'Million Dollar Quartet' national tour rolls into JAX

"Million Dollar Quartet" is the national tour of the Broadway musical that was inspired by an electrifying true story, will be at Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center’s Moran Theater from April 22-27, 2014 for 8 performances only! This show has been the longest-running musical production in Chicago’s history.

The National Tour of Million Dollar Quartet
The National Tour of Million Dollar Quartet
/ Jeremy Daniel
Million Dollar Quartet LIVE will be in JAX for 8 shows
Million Dollar Quartet LIVE will be in JAX for 8 shows
/ The Artist Series

The international Tony® Award-Winning 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, 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.

“Million Dollar Quartet” brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal, humorous banter and celebrations featuring 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.

Portraying these icons are, James Barry as Carl Perkins, John Countryman as Jerry Lee Lewis, Scott Moreau as Johnny Cash, and Cody Ray Slaughter as Elvis Presley. Vince Nappo plays the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Sam Phillips.

When the Broadway production opened in April 2010, critics and audiences leapt to their feet in unanimous praise. The New York Times called the show, “a buoyant new musical that whips the crowd into a frenzy,” New York Magazine labeled it, “a dazzling raucous spectacle that sounds like a million bucks,” and NY1 called it, “90 minutes of platinum grade entertainment.” The musical continued its successful New York engagement at New World Stages through June 2012.

“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.

Million Dollar Quartet
DATES:          TIMES:
Tues. Apr. 22, 2014     7:30 p.m.
Wed. Apr. 23        7:30 p.m.
Thurs. Apr. 24       7:30 p.m.
Fri. Apr. 25         8:00 p.m.
Sat. Apr. 26      2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Sun. Apr. 27     1:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Run time is 100 minutes straight through, no intermission

LOCATION: Times Union Center Performing Arts
      Moran Theater
      300 West Water St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

TICKETS: for Million Dollar Quartet Vary from $32.00 and are available at the Artist Series Box Office between 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, at (904) 442-BWAY {2929} or online 24/7. Discounts are available for groups of 10+ by calling (904) 442-2947 or groupsales@fscj.edu.