Original Chicago leads to reprise roles for Broadway transfer
The four thesps who created lead roles playing famous rock ‘n’ rollers in hit Chicago tuner “Million Dollar Quartet” will reprise their parts on Broadway, where they will be joined by Hunter Foster (“Urinetown”) and Elizabeth Stanley (“Cry-Baby”).
Eddie Clendening portrays Elvis Presley, Lance Guest is Johnny Cash, Levi Kreis plays Jerry Lee Lewis and Rob Lyons takes on Carl Perkins in the show, which recounts the true story of the musicians’ 1956 jam session at Memphis’ Sun Records.
Foster joins the cast as Sam Phillips, the producer who brought the four men together, while Stanley appears as a woman who arrives at the studio on Elvis’ arm.
Show has proved a big hit in Chicago, where the biotuner — incorporating songs including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” — taps the same baby-boomer demo attracted by the perennially SRO “Jerseys Boys” on the Rialto. Show is still running in the Windy City.
Eric Schaeffer directs “Quartet,” which has a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, who originally helmed and conceived the show. Produced by Relevant Theatricals, John Cossette Prods., Northern Lights, Broadway Across America and James L. Nederlander, “Quartet” begins previews March 13 ahead of an April 11 opening at the Nederlander Theater.