"Queen of Rockabilly" Wanda Jackson Jams with Cast of Million Dollar Quartet Jan. 20

By Andrew Gans
January 20, 2011

Wanda Jackson, the "Queen of Rockabilly," will join the cast of the Tony-nominated Million Dollar Quartet during the finale of the Jan. 20 performance of the new musical at the Nederlander Theatre.



Jackson, a 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, first gained national attention with her 1958 recording of "Let’s Have a Party." She’s been a pioneer in rockabilly, rock and roll, country and gospel music. Her latest album, "The Party Ain’t Over," which she recorded with guitarist-vocalist-White Stripes founder Jack White, will be released Jan. 25 on Third Man/Nonesuch Records.

The cast of Million Dollar Quartet currently features Eddie Clendening (Elvis Presley), Lance Guest (Johnny Cash), Tony Award winner Levi Kreis (Jerry Lee Lewis), Jared Mason (Carl Perkins), James Moye (Sam Phillips) and Elizabeth Stanley (Dyanne).

"On December 4, 1956," production note 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 and 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 jam sessions of all time."

For more information visit www.MillionDollarQuartetLive.com.