Derek Keeling, Cody Slaughter, Martin Kaye and More Cast in Million Dollar Quartet Tour

News   Derek Keeling, Cody Slaughter, Martin Kaye and More Cast in Million Dollar Quartet Tour
 
Complete casting has been announced for the upcoming national tour of the Tony-nominated musical Million Dollar Quartet, which will launch Oct. 11 at PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland, OH, and will then travel to more than 30 cities in the 2011-12 season.

Derek Keeling
Derek Keeling

The cast will be headed by Derek Keeling as Johnny Cash, Cody Slaughter as Elvis Presley, Martin Kaye as Jerry Lee Lewis and Lee Ferris as Carl Perkins. Christopher Ryan Grant will play the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Sam Phillips.

The cast will also feature Kelly Lamont as Dyanne, and musicians Billy Shaffer (Fluke, drums) and Chuck Zayas (Jay Perkins, bass).

Rounding out the company are Austin Cook, Scott F. Moreau, John Michael Presney, David Sonneborn, Alyssa Marie and Billy Woodward.

“After a national search, we're thrilled with the new cast of Million Dollar Quartet for our tour,” said the show’s director Eric Schaeffer in a statement. “I have no doubt this talented company will have the country rockin' just as our companies in New York, Chicago and London do!”

Million Dollar Quartet is set on Dec. 4, 1956, "where an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together," according to production notes. "The place was Sun Records' storefront studio in Memphis. The man who made it happen was Sam Phillips, the 'Father of Rock 'n' Roll,' who discovered them all. The four young musicians united for the only time in their careers for an impromptu recording that has come to be known as one of the greatest rock 'n' roll jam sessions of all time." The musical "brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations featuring an eclectic score of rock, gospel, R&B and country hits" including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "Sixteen Tons," "Who Do You Love?," "Great Balls of Fire," "Matchbox," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Hound Dog," and more. Million Dollar Quartet won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Levi Kreis) 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 directed by Eric Schaeffer and features a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux.

For more information, visit www.milliondollarquartetlive.com.

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