James Moye Steps Into Million Dollar Quartet While Hunter Foster Gets Some Sunshine

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Understudy James Moye has been announced to temporarily take over for Tony Award nominee Hunter Foster in the Broadway production of Million Dollar Quartet.
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Moye (Happiness, Ragtime), who understudies the role of Sam Philips (originated on Broadway by Foster), will take over beginning Dec. 21. Foster is on leave from the production to star in the world-premiere musical Little Miss Sunshine at the La Jolla Playhouse. Foster's return date has not been determined.

On Dec. 20, Million Dollar Quartet also announced it would welcome Stray Cats musician Lee Rocker to the role of Jay Perkins for a limited 12-performance run in late January 2011.

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 at the Nederlander Theatre following an acclaimed Chicago run, where the musical continues to play the Apollo Theater.

Million Dollar Quartet leads Eddie Clendening, Lance Guest, Tony Award winner Levi Kreis and Rob Lyons, who all appeared in the Chicago cast, re-create their work for Broadway audiences. Kreis portrays Lewis, Clendening plays Elvis Presley, Guest is Johnny Cash, and Lyons is Carl Perkins. Elizabeth Stanley (Cry-Baby, Company, Xanadu) portrays Dyanne, a woman who arrives at Sun Records with Elvis on the night of the recording session. "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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