Million Dollar Quartet is a solid gold musical directed by Washington's Eric Schaeffer and based on the legendary 1956 jam session of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, is headed to Broadway.
The show, which has been playing for almost a year in Chicago, will open in the spring, according to the show's producers.
"Quartet" is the story of one night, Dec. 4, 1956, when the four singers came together in the storefront studio of Sun Records in Memphis. Sam Phillips, the music producer and Sun Records' founder, is credited with discovering Cash and Presley, as well as recording the work of many of blues pioneers, such as Howlin' Wolf and B.B. King.
The rare recording session became the stuff of legend. Lewis was in the studio playing for Perkins when in walked Presley, whose hits that year that included "Hound Dog," "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Don't Be Cruel." Phillips called Cash to join them, and the quartet, for the first and last time, played together.
This should be a huge hit on the Broadway scene.