Last season’s hit musical, “Million Dollar Quartet,” is back for a limited run in the Elaine P. Wilson Stage from June 14 to July 8 at Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester.
“Million Dollar Quartet” features a book by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott, and is directed by Tony Award nominee Hunter Foster. Based on an original concept by Mutrux, “Million Dollar Quartet” is inspired by the music of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.
On Dec. 4, 1956, four young musicians got together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would become one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Attendees will join Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins for the recording session of a lifetime with classic rock ‘n’ roll hits such as “Great Balls of Fire,” “Sixteen Tons,” “I Walk the Line” and “Hound Dog.”
Geva Theatre Center closed the 2016-17 ESL Wilson Stage Season last year with this sell-out hit, which was extended by an additional week to accommodate patrons who wanted to see the show for the first, second or even third time. Over 20,000 patrons flocked to the show, which features nearly 30 hit rock ‘n’ roll tunes.
Created by Mutrux, with a book by Mutrux and rock ‘n’ roll historian Escott, “Million Dollar Quartet” premiered in 2006 at Florida Seaside Music Theatre. After productions at the Village Theatre in Washington state and a limited run at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, it transferred to Chicago’s Apollo Theatre in 2008. It celebrated its 2,500th performance there in September 2014. It opened at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre in 2010, where it ran for over a year and was nominated for three Tony Awards including best musical and best book of a musical.
The off-Broadway production opened in 2012, and ran for a year at New World Stages. The West End production of “Million Dollar Quartet” opened in February 2011, and ran at the Noel Coward Theatre for nearly a year. The show has toured the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.
Tickets start at $25. Call (585) 232-4382 or visit gevatheatre.org for information.