Million Dollar Quartet Launches Online Contest to Cast National Tour
By Adam Hetrick
Producers of the upcoming national tour of Million Dollar Quartet have launched an online casting campaign to find actor-musicians to inhabit the roles of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.
The Tony-nominated Broadway musical about the legendary recording session and subsequent album that united the four stars of the music industry, will launch its U.S. tour this October in Cleveland, OH.
The "Do You Have What It Takes?" campaign allows performers to upload a video of their audition song; fans can vote on the songs. The artist whose video gets the highest rating and most views will win a trip to audition for Million Dollar Quartet in New York City.
Individuals are asked to perform a song from the musical and are encouraged to dress the part. Click here to learn more and to submit your video.
Eric Schaeffer staged the Tony Award-nominated 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.
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.
"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."
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