As last season’s closer, “Million Dollar Quartet” at Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester, was a complete sell-out and extended for an additional week. The show is back for a limited run, special production in the Elaine P. Wilson Stage on June 14-July 8.
“Million Dollar Quartet,” directed by Hunter Foster with a book by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott, is based on an original concept by Mutrux and 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, Tennessee, for what would become the recording of a lifetime. The play features classic rock ‘n’ roll hits such as “Great Balls of Fire,” “Sixteen Tons,” “I Walk the Line” and “Hound Dog.”
“Million Dollar Quartet” premiered in 2006 at Seaside Music Theatre in Daytona Beach, Florida. After productions at the Village Theatre in Washington state and a limited run at Goodman Theatre in Chicago, it transferred to Chicago’s Apollo Theatre in 2008. It celebrated its 2,500th performance there in September 2014. The show closed in January 2016, and is ranked as the third-longest running show, in terms of calendar span, in Chicago Theatre history.
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 in London, 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.
“Sun Records,” an eight-part TV series based on “Million Dollar Quartet,” aired on CMT in February-April 2017.
Returning to the roles they created on the Geva stage last season are Taylor Gray as Jerry Lee Lewis (June 7-July 1), James Ludwig as Sam Phillips, Trent Rowland as Elvis Presley and Aaron Staebell as Fluke.
Making their Geva debuts are Chris Damiano as Johnny Cash, Sarah Ellis as Dyanne, Sam Sherwood as Carl Perkins and Dominique Scott as Jerry Lee Lewis (July 3-8). James David Larson, last seen in Geva’s production of “The Other Josh Cohen,” will appear as Brother Jay.
Foster returns to Geva to direct this production. In addition to last season’s “Million Dollar Quartet,” he recently directed “The Other Josh Cohen.” He is an artistic associate at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
The design team includes Adam Koch, scenic design; Casey McNamara, costume design; Kirk Bookman, lighting design; and Ian Hildreth, sound design. Music directors are John Michael Presney and Chris Damiano.
Tickets start at $34. Call (585) 232-4382 or visit gevatheatre.org for information.