Eric Stang Joins Off-Broadway Cast of Million Dollar Quartet Oct. 17

By Adam Hetrick
17 Oct 2011

Eric Stang
Eric Stang

Eric Stang steps into the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in the Off-Broadway production of Million Dollar Quartet, the musical about a moment in rock 'n' roll history, Oct. 17 at New World Stages.

Singer-songwriter Stang understudied the role of Lewis in the Chicago production of Quartet and takes over for Off-Broadway cast member David Abeles, who departed the production Oct. 16.

The Off-Broadway company also includes Eddie Clendening (Elvis Presley), Lance Guest (Johnny Cash), Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins), Victoria Matlock (Dyanne) and James Moye (Sam Phillips).

Million Dollar Quartet transferred Off-Broadway July 28 after a 523-performance Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre.



Eric Schaeffer staged the musical based on the real-life 1956 recording that the foursome (Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis) made at Sun Records' studio in Memphis. Million Dollar Quartet has a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux; the latter conceived and originally directed the musical.

The creative team includes Derek McLane (scenic design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Kai Harada (sound design) and Chuck Mead (musical arrangements and supervision).

"On Dec. 4, 1956," production notes state, "an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley together. 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 legends-to-be 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. . . . Million Dollar Quartet captures the infectious spirit, freewheeling excitement and thrilling sounds of a singular moment when four of the music industry's most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, came together for one of the most memorable nights in music history."

For tickets and more information visit MillionDollarQuartetLive.