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Million Dollar Quartet Opens to Acclaim on Broadway



“Million Dollar Quartet kicks ass!”

–John Lahr, The New Yorker

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, the new musical which opened last night at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street), received rave reviews from New York critics.

Below is a sampling of the critical response to Broadway’s newest hit:

“A buoyant new musical that whips the crowd into a frenzy with blast after blast of explosive vitality. The actors portraying these pioneers – Robert Britton Lyons, Lance Guest, Levi Kreis and Eddie Clendening are gifted musicians and likable performers who cut loose on a hit parade of early favorites. ”
Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“Musical fireworks that gets the cheering audience to its feet with galvanizing performances and high-energy entertainment. Sam Phillips, played by Hunter Foster with good ol’ boy charm, is an important part of Million Dollar Quartet. Lance Guest is an authentic, grade A Johnny Cash, looking and sounding amazingly like the country-western icon.”
Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

“A dazzling raucous spectacle that sounds like a million bucks! The actors – all four of them  crackerjack singers and musicians – distill the essence of their real-life counterparts. Elizabeth Stanley is a knockout during her boiling-hot rendition of ‘Fever.’”
Stephanie Zacharek, New York Magazine

“A crowd pleaser with knockout performances that keep the joint jumpin’with great balls of fire. Director Eric Schaeffer does a canny job, keeping the action at a crackerjack pace. Levi Kreis electrifies the stage as Jerry Lee Lewis and Hunter Foster is a fine musical actor who goes a long way toward making this a satisfying evening of theatre.”
Steven Suskin, Variety

Million Dollar Quartet makes for 90 minutes of platinum grade entertainment. The performers who are all dynamite musicians, singers and actors do an incredible job. It’s thrilling to see them at such early stages in their careers. As Elvis, Eddie Clendening has “the king’s” charismatic good looks and musical finesse and director Eric Schaeffer achieves a perfect balance between the songs and the stories behind them.”
Roma Torre, NY1

“The four actor-musicians deliver rousing versions of classic songs with terrific musicianship and incisive characterizations. Robert Britton Lyons rocks hard in his portrayal of Carl Perkins; and the charismatic Levi Kreis is hugely entertaining (and one hell of a pianist) as Jerry Lee Lewis.”
Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

Million Dollar Quartet features one of the best moments you’ll ever see on a Broadway stage. It is probably the musical highlight on Broadway today. A super night that should not be missed by anyone who loves rock and roll.”
David Richardson, WOR Radio

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET includes Eddie Clendening (Elvis Presley), Lance Guest (Johnny Cash), Levi Kreis (Jerry Lee Lewis), Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins), Hunter Foster (Sam Phillips) and Elizabeth Stanley (Dyanne).
On December 4, 1956, 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.
Inspired by the actual event, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET features a treasure trove of the greatest rock and roll, gospel, R&B and country hits from these musicians, including such iconic songs as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Riders in the Sky,” “I Walk the Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” 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.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is directed by Eric Schaeffer, features a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, and was originally directed and conceived by Mutrux. 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).
For information about the Chicago production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, visit www.MillionDollarQuartetLive.com.
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Tickets for MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET are available online www.TicketMaster.com, by calling 212-307-4100, or by visiting the Nederlander Box Office (208 West 41st Street).
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET’s performance is Tuesday at 7PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

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