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Tony Award-winning musical
‘Million Dollar Quartet,’ March 12-17
at the Fox Theatre

2013 March 11
by Susan Asher


There’s a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on at the Fox Theatre this week!

“Million Dollar Quartet” is inspired by the true story of the December evening in 1956 that Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash recorded  at Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tenn.

Presley, rising star Cash, and up-and-coming Perkins find themselves assembled at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, where their producer and manager Sam Phillips calls in Jerry Lee Lewis to round out the sound.

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.”

In 2010, “Million Dollar Quartet” was nominated for Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and won for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical.

Ticket holders will have access to the Spanish Room where authentic memorabilia from the famous quartet  will be on display, including Johnny Cash’s handwritten lyrics and suit, a handwritten note and karate costume owned by Elvis Presley and exclusive items from Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.

The Chicago production of  “Million Dollar Quartet” opened in 2008 and is still playing to packed houses at the Apollo Theatre, and a Las Vegas production began performances at Harrah’s Showroom in Las Vegas last month. The West End production played at the Noël Coward Theatre in London in 2011.

“Million Dollar Quartet” runs March 12-17 at the Fox Theatre. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. with matinees Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

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