Million Dollar Quartet: the hit musical with productions in New York, Chicago and touring across North America, is now seeking actors to sail in the roles of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and supporting roles.
On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought these legends together. The place was Sun Records’ studio in Memphis. The man who made it happen was Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock and 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 jam sessions of all time. Inspired by the true story, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET features a treasure trove of the greatest rock and roll, gospel, R&B and country hits from these musicians, including such iconic songs as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Riders in the Sky,” “I Walk the Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.”.
TO SUBMIT FOR AN APPOINTMENT:
Subject Line: MDQ - (Insert City where you are auditioning) - (Insert Role)
Example: MDQ – Chicago – Elvis
ELVIS – PRINCIPAL - 20s male. Actor/singer/guitar player to portray Elvis in his 20s at the beginning of his career. Must be familiar with his music and be able to play basic guitar; should sound and look somewhat like Elvis without being an “impersonator”. Songs include “Memories Are Made Of This”, “That’s All Right”, “Long Tall Sally”, “Peace In The Valley”, “Party”, “Hound Dog”. Please accompany yourself on guitar to THAT’S ALRIGHT MAMA and PEACE IN THE VALLEY, as well as any other Elvis song of your choosing. Please bring your own acoustic guitar!
JERRY LEE LEWIS – PRINCIPAL - 20s male. Actor/singer/pianist; he was rock & roll’s legendary piano prodigy and celebrated “Last Man Standing.” Must be a superb piano player, able to play like Jerry Lee Lewis; fun, energetic; comic skills a plus. Songs include “Real Wild Child”, “Great Balls Of Fire”, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”. Please accompany yourself on piano to GREAT BALLS OF FIRE and WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN, as well as another song of your choosing. A piano will be provided.
CARL PERKINS – PRINCIPAL. -mid 20s male. Actor/singer/guitar player (lead guitar); he was the American pioneer of rockabilly music and best known for his song “Blue Suede Shoes”; Must be an excellent lead guitarist. Songs include “Matchbox”, “Who Do You Love?”, “My Babe”, “See You Later, Alligator”. Please accompany yourself on guitar to BLUE SUEDE SHOES and MATCHBOX, as well as a rockabilly tune of your choosing. Please bring your own electric guitar. Amp provided.
JOHNNY CASH – PRINCIPAL - mid 20s male. Actor/singer/guitar player to portray Johnny Cash at the dawn of his epic career. Must be familiar with his music and be able to play guitar; tall; should sound and look somewhat like Johnny without being an “impersonator”. Songs include “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Sixteen Tons”, “I Walk The Line”, “Riders In The Sky”. Please accompany yourself on guitar to FOLSOM PRISON BLUES (the show’s version of 16 TONS) and any other Cash song of your choosing. Please bring your own acoustic guitar!
SAM PHILLIPS – PRINCIPAL - mid 30s male. Father of Rock’n’Roll and founder of Sun Records who discovered Elvis, Johnny, Jerry, Carl, and many others including Roy Orbison and B.B. King. A charismatic figure in American music. Must have a strong stage presence and ability to command an audience. Sam Phillips also covers or plays CHARLES THOMPSON in Wine Lovers the Musical, a Wine Expert/Teacher who conducts his wine class in order to initiate people into the pleasures of the sensual world. Charles uses wine tasting as the vehicle to expose the innate connections between people, sensations, and experiences at large, while also using the history and tradition of wine to challenge elitist notions about its enjoyment.
DYANNE – PRINCIPAL - mid 20s female. She was an aspiring singer and Elvis’s girlfriend. Attractive, great singer with a wide range. Sings solos and back-ups through the show – sings “Fever” in her alto range and covers the high soprano part (3 “Gs” above middle “C”) of “Riders In The Sky” (Johnny Cash song). Also sings “I Hear You Knockin.” Dyanne also covers or portrays KATHERINE REESE in Wine Lovers the Musical, a business woman in finance; attending wine class to improve her knowledge of wine in order to appear more sophisticated - impressing clients and intimidating competition. Katherine displays a professional image and a brusque manner; she is not afraid to display her biting wit. May cover or perform as the FEMALE VOCALIST in Burn the Floor.
MALE ONBOARD SWING 1 - 20s male. Actor/singer/pianist. Covers Jerry Lee Lewis. Must play excellent piano. Portrays BRIAN SCOTT in Wine Lovers the Musical,. A Graphic Designer attending wine class to indulge his sensual desire for the mystique of wine and the allure of a romantic connection. Brian's youthful energy and thoughtful nature show in his personal and artistic expressions. May cover or perform as the MALE VOCALIST in Burn the Floor.
MALE ONBOARD SWING 2 - mid 20s male. Actor/singer/guitar. Covers multiple icons in Million Dollar Quartet and may cover SAM PHILLIPS and cover or play CHARLES THOMPSON in Wine Lovers The Musical.
FEMALE ONBOARD SWING - mid 20s female. Covers DYANNE in Million Dollar Quartet. May cover or perform as the FEMALE VOCALIST in Burn the Floor. May cover or perform as the Katherine in Wine Lovers The Musical.
Must by 18 years or older to apply.