Million Dollar Quartet

November 3, 2011 Updated Nov 3, 2011 at 8:43 AM EDT

By WKBW News

November 3, 2011 Updated Nov 3, 2011 at 8:43 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Darwin McPherson from Buffalo Spree tells Channel 7's Mike Randall about the newest musical coming to Shea's..."Million Dollar Quartet!" by WKBW Channel 7.

National Tour To Make Its Buffalo Premiere
At Shea’s Performing Art Center November 8-13, 2011


The national tour of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, the Tony Award®-winning new musical inspired by the true story of four rock ‘n’ roll icons will make its Buffalo Premiere November 8 - 13 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center as part of the M & T Bank Broadway Series.

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW! To purchase tickets, starting at (27.50 – 62.50), call 1-800-745-3000, go to or to Shea’s Ticket Office, 650 Main St. For group tickets (15 or more), call 716-829-1153. Performances are Tues, Wed. & Thurs. at 7:30 p.m.; Fri. at 8 p.m.; Sat. at
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For information, go to or to

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 ‘n’ 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 ‘n’ roll jam sessions of all time.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations featuring an eclectic score of rock, gospel , R&B and country hits including; “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “ Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more.

Portraying the rock-n-roll icons are, Derek Keeling as Johnny Cash, Cody Slaughter as Elvis Presley, Martin Kaye as Jerry Lee Lewis and Lee Ferris as Carl Perkins. Christopher Ryan Grant will play the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Sam Phillips. The cast also features Kelly Lamont as Dyanne, and musicians Billy Shaffer (Flute, drums), and Chuck Zayas (Jay Perkins, bass).

Rounding out the company are: Austin Cook, Scott F. Moreau, John Michael Presney, David Sonneborn, Alyssa Marie, and Billy Woodward. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET began performances at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, OH on October 11, 2011 and is traveling to more
than 30 cities in the 2011/2012 season, with additional engagements to be announced soon.

“After a national search, we're thrilled with the new cast of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET for our
tour,” said the show’s director Eric Schaeffer. “I have no doubt this talented company will have
the country rockin' just as our companies in New York, Chicago and London do!”

The New York Times praises MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET by saying, “A hit parade of favorites, providing the audience with blast after blast of sweet nostalgia.”
Echoing accolades come from The Associated Press as they describe the production
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET gets the cheering audience to its feet!” NY 1 agrees, “

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is directed by Eric Schaeffer and features a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux. The design team for the national tour includes: Derek McLane (scenic design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Kai Harada (sound design) and Chuck Mead (musical arrangements and supervision).

In 2008 the smash-hit musical opened in Chicago and continues its run at the Apollo Theatre. The Broadway production premiered at the Nederlander Theater in April of 2010. The first international production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET debuted in February 2011 at the Noël Coward Theatre in London’s West End.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET won a Tony Award® for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical and received a Tony Award® nomination for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical (Colin Escott & Floyd Mutrux). The show received an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Musical Revue and three Drama League nominations including Distinguished Production of a Musical and Distinguished Performance.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is produced on Broadway by Relevant Theatricals, John Cossette Productions, American Pop Anthology, Broadway Across America and James L. Nederlander.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is presented by Shea’s Performing Arts Center and Albert Nocciolino. It is sponsored locally by M & T Bank, Independent Health, The Buffalo News, and WKBW-TV.

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