National tour of 'Million Dollar Quartet' to premiere at The Pullo Center

The national tour of the Broadway musical “Million Dollar Quartet,” inspired by a true electrifying true story, will take to the stage at Penn State York’s Pullo Family Performing Arts Center for two performances, 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 21 and 3 p.m. on Sept. 22. Tickets for the show can be purchased through The Pullo Center Box Office, ThePulloCenter.com, or by calling 717-505-8900. Ticket prices are $45, $52, and $69. Penn State York students can purchase one ticket at the box office for the special student prices of $34, $26 or $22.

The international Tony-award winning musical, “Million Dollar Quartet,” is set on Dec. 4, 1956, when an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together. Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” who was responsible for launching the careers of each icon, brought the four legendary musicians together at the Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis for the first and only time. The resulting evening became known as one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in history.

“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 these icons are, James Barry as Carl Perkins, David Elkins as Johnny Cash, Ben Goddard as Jerry Lee Lewis, and Cody Slaughter as Elvis Presley. Vince Nappo plays the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Sam Phillips.  The cast also features Kelly Lamont as Dyanne, and musicians Billy Shaffer, on fluke and drums, and Corey Kaiser, on bass. Other performers include Katie Barton, Austin Cook, Scott Moreau, John Michael Presney, David Sonneborn and Billy Woodward. 

Ben Goddard is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.

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

When the Broadway production opened in April 2010, critics and audiences leapt to their feet in unanimous praise. The New York Times called the show, “a buoyant new musical that whips the crowd into frenzy,” New York Magazine labeled it, “a dazzling raucous spectacle that sounds like a million bucks.” The musical continued its successful New York engagement at New World Stages through June 2012.

“Million Dollar Quartet” is produced by Relevant Theatricals, John Cossette Productions, American Pop Anthology, and Broadway Across America.

To learn more about the variety of performances throughout the season at The Pullo Center, visit www.pullocenter.yk.psu.edu.

Last Updated September 19, 2013