Million Dollar Quartet Rocks London Beginning Feb. 8

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and Mark Shenton
08 Feb 2011

The London production of the Tony-nominated musical Million Dollar Quartet begins performances Feb. 8 at the Noël Coward Theatre prior to an official opening Feb. 28.

Heading the cast are Ben Goddard (Jerry Lee Lewis), Derek Hagen (Johnny Cash), Francesca Jackson (Dyanne), Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins), Michael Malarkey (Elvis Presley) and Bill Ward (Sam Phillips).

The company also features Steven Bor, Justin Brett (alternate Johnny Cash), Sharon Clancy, Matthew Empson (Jerry Lee Lewis at certain performances), Gez Gerrard (Jay Perkins), Kevin Mains (Elvis Presley at certain performances), Adam Riley (Fluke) and Oliver Seymour-Marsh (Carl Perkins at certain performances)

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 musical is directed by Eric Schaeffer with a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux; it was originally directed and conceived by Floyd Mutrux. The creative team also includes Derek McLane (scenic design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Kai Harada (sound design) and Chuck Mead (musical arrangements and supervision).



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

Million Dollar Quartet is produced in London by Relevant Theatricals, John Cossette Productions, American Pop Anthology, John Gore, Thomas B. McGrath, Joseph Smith and Michael McCabe.

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