Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley will be in Elyria in a few days.
Well, at least four performers made to to look like those legendary musical artists will be.
The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Million Dollar Quartet” comes to Stocker Arts Center at Lorain County Community College at 7:30 p.m. March 6, a news release from LCCC announces.
As the legend perpetuated by this jukebox musical — which has made stints at Playhouse Square in Cleveland — goes, on Dec. 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought together the four young musicians and Sam Phillips. Phillips, called in the release “the undisputed ‘Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ who was responsible for launching the careers of each of these icons,” gathered the four at the Sun Records studio in Memphis for the first and only time.
“The result? One of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in history,” the release states.
The show explores the dynamics between the five characters while ripping through familiar tunes that include “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “I Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Hound Dog.”
The show is directed by Susanne Boulle, and features a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, with original concept and direction by Floyd Mutrux, according to the release.
“Million Dollar Quartet” won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical and received two Tony nominations, one for Best Musical and one for Best Book of a Musical (Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux).
“Million Dollar Quartet” is a part of the Stocker’s Performing Artists Series. Single tickets are $40 for orchestra; $33 for mezzanine; $10 for active duty military members, as well as youths 18 and under and LCCC students with valid IDs. Dinner Before the Show for $30 each and valet parking for $5 per car are also available for this show through the Stocker Box Office. For more ticket options or to order online, click here.
Mark Meszoros. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros. Photo credit: Courtesy of Stocker Art Center