Million Dollar Quartet Being Adapted as a TV Series

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Million Dollar Quartet, the Broadway musical that dramatizes the historic recording session of four American rock icons who came to light in the '50s, is being adapted as an eight-episode limited series by the cable network CMT, Deadline.com reported.

The original Chicago production of the show, which had a 489-performance run on Broadway in 2010-11, concluded a seven-year run Jan. 17. There was also a national tour and productions in Las Vegas and London.

A nationwide casting search reportedly underway with shooting set to begin in Memphis, TN this spring. No premiere date or time was reported.

The show is produced by Thinkfactory Media, which was responsible for CMT's hit series "Hatfields & McCoys." Leslie Greif and Gil Grant will serve as executive producers, with Colin Escott as producer.

The stage version of Million Dollar Quartet — inspired by the true story of a December 1956 Memphis meeting of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, at Sun Records' studio — features a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux.

Under the gaze of Sam Phillips, the "Father of Rock and Roll," and with Elvis' lady friend in attendance, "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 jam sessions of all time," according to the producers. The score, preserved on a cast album, features the hits from the rock 'n' roll, gospel, R&B and country catalog, including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "Sixteen Tons," "Who Do You Love?," "Great Balls of Fire," "Riders in the Sky," "I Walk the Line," "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On."

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