Rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins got together for an impromptu jam session on Dec. 4, 1956, at Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tenn. That session -- thank goodness! -- was recorded and dubbed "The Million Dollar Quartet" in an article and photo that ran the next day in a Memphis newspaper.
That seminal moment in rock 'n' roll history is now the subject of the hit musical "Million Dollar Quartet" -- and the Greater Boston Stage Company brings it to life on its Stoneham stage, April 25-May 19.
Ilyse Robbins, GBSC's associate artistic director, directs the show. James Scheider reprises his role as Jerry Lee Lewis from MDQ's first workshop and doubles as the music director.
"I first heard about 'Million Dollar Quartet" from my parents," Robbins says. "They enjoyed it so much that they saw it twice -- in New York and on tour. It turns out that in one of the productions, they saw our music director as Jerry Lee -- he was their favorite part of the show."
She calls it "an evening of song, joy and story -- three things that I love."
The score features many rock 'n' roll classics from "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Great Balls of Fire" to "Walk the Line" and "Hound Dog."
In addition to Scheider, cast members include Melissa Geerlof, Nile Scott Hawver, Luke Linsteadt, Trey Lundquit, Matthew Pitts, Austin Wayne Price and Robert Saoud.
Tickets are $50-$60, adults; $45-$55, students and $20, students with valid ID at 781-279-2200 or www.greaterbostonstage.org.
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In the wings
TAKE A TOUR: Take a look behind the scenes at Worcester's acclaimed Hanover Theatre in an upcoming historic and architectural tour. The backstage tour season starts Wednesday, April 17, and continues May 8 and May 20, June 12 and June 26, July 10 and July 31, and Aug. 21. Tours start at noon and last about two hours. Volunteer guides share an in-depth look at the history and architecture of the Hanover, a prime example of early 20th-century theater architecture, designed by Thomas Lamb, the foremost theater and cinema architect of his day. $5 for non-members, free for members and guests. Call 877-571-7469 or visit www.thehanovertheatre.org for details.
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