Cowboy Jack Clement Performs With Broadway's Million Dollar Quartet April 21
By Adam Hetrick
Music veteran Cowboy Jack Clement, who served as the engineer for the infamous 1956 Sun Records recording session that united Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, performs with the Broadway cast of Million Dollar Quartet April 21.
The one-night-only post-performance encore boasts Clement alongside original Million Dollar Quartet leads Eddie Clendening (Elvis Presley) and Lance Guest (Johnny Cash), as well as new company members Jared Mason (Jerry Lee Lewis) and Erik Hayden (Carl Perkins).
The jukebox musical, which premiered on Broadway in spring 2010, centers around the 1956 recording session that produced the album "Million Dollar Quartet."
The Broadway cast also features Victoria Matlock as Dyanne, Corey Kaiser as Jay Perkins, Larry Lelli as Fluke, James Moye as music producer Sam Phillips. (Original cast member Robert Britton Lyons will return to the role of Carl Perkins May 3. He is now appearing in the London production. Hunter Foster will also return to the Broadway company May 3.)
Eric Schaeffer staged the musical based on the real-life 1956 recording that the foursome 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. Million Dollar Quartet opened April 11, 2010, at the Nederlander Theatre following an acclaimed Chicago run, where the musical continues to play the Apollo Theater.
The production also earned a Best Musical Tony nomination, as well as a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical.
"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."
The design team for Broadway includes Derek McLane (scenic design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Kai Harada (sound design) and Chuck Mead (musical arrangements and supervision).
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