Bill Ward to Star in London's Million Dollar Quartet

News   Bill Ward to Star in London's Million Dollar Quartet Bill Ward will play Sam Phillips — the legendary music producer and founder of Sun Records in Memphis who brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis — in the London production of Million Dollar Quartet when it begins performances Feb. 8, 2011, at the Noël Coward Theatre, prior to an official opening Feb. 28.

Bill Ward
Bill Ward

Ward was last seen in the West End as Sir Lancelot in Monty Python's Spamalot, but is best known for playing the role of Charlie Stubbs in the TV soap "Coronation Street" from 2003-07, for which he won two British Soap Awards, two Inside Soap Awards and multiple award nominations including Best Actor. Other TV credits include Ruthless Rufus in "Robin Hood" (BBC1), Rob Towler in "The Bill" (ITV1), "Doctors (BBC1)" and "Cold Blood" (ITV1).

Million Dollar Quartet is inspired by the actual meeting of rock and roll giants that took place on Dec. 4, 1956, at Sun Records in Memphis. It was masterminded by Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, who discovered all four of the musicians, and brought Elvis Presley (and his then girlfriend) back to the recording studio that launched him to stardom. Together with Sun Records' fast-rising new superstar Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins, who was still chasing his next big hit after writing and recording "Blue Suede Shoes," the fourth member of this impromptu "quartet" was Phillips' latest signing, Jerry Lee Lewis.

The Tony-nominated musical currently plays Broadway's Nederlander Theatre.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 482 5141, or visit www.MillionDollarQuartet.co.uk.

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