Theaterleague.org announced yesterday that for the first time, “Million Dollar Quartet” will be presented in Toledo at the Stranahan Theater.
The Toledo premiere happens on March 20 and shows continue through March 23. Six performances will be given in total. See the Stranahan Theater website for times and tickets.
The New York Times called the show “a buoyant new musical that whips the crowd into a frenzy with blast after blast of explosive vitality!” “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.
“Million Dollar Quartet” is based on a true story. Picture this! Through a fortunate coincidence, the legendary singers Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley are brought together. The lynchpin that brought these performers together for one night was the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” otherwise known as Sam Phillips. Phillips launched the careers of the four legendary musicians at the Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis. The result of that December 4, 1956 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) perform a number of rock, gospel, R & B and country hits during the show. The audience will hear fan favorites such as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Sixteen Tons” and many more.
Tickets are now 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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