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'Million Dollar Quartet' premieres in Toledo at the Stranahan

Million Dollar Quartet” made its Toledo premiere yesterday at the Stranahan Theater.

Scott Moreau as Johnny Cash in The National Tour of Million Dollar QuartetHere he sings "Folsom Prison Blues" near the beginning of the show.
Photo by Jeremy Daniel
The members of "MDQ" sing "Down by the Riverside" to the audience.
Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Shows continue through March 23. Five more performances will be given in total including one tonight and two on both Saturday and Sunday. See the Stranahan Theater website for times and tickets.

The Washington Post called the show “a straight -up portrait of an extraordinary jam session.” The Toledo audience agreed last night. After the show, Francis Lee Conger from Swanton, Ohio said, “We definitely got our money’s worth.”

Besides the admiration of the Toledo audience, “Million Dollar Quartet” has won numerous awards and critical acclaim. The show has 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.

Based on a true story, “Million Dollar Quartet” depicts the night of December 4, 1956. Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” from Sun Records, has managed to bring the legendary singers Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together. Phillips launched the careers of the four legendary musicians at the storefront studio in Memphis. The result of that evening became known as one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in history.

James Barry (Perkins), Johnny Countryman (Lewis), Tyler Hunter (Presley) and Scott Moreau (Cash) performed a number of rock, gospel, R & B and country hits during the show. The audience clapped along to fan favorites such as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Sixteen Tons” and many more.

Tickets are still on sale, and they start at $28. Online tickets may be purchased at theaterleague.com and stranahantheater.org. The Stranahan box office at 4645 Heatherdowns Boulevard also sells tickets. Tickets may be purchased in person or by phone at 419.385.8851.

The Stranahan Theater has recently presented other Broadway shows such as “STOMP,” “Rock of Ages” and “American Idiot.” Coming soon is “West Side Story,” another award winning Broadway musical.

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