St Mike's Playhouse to open 70th season with Tony Award-winning Million Dollar Quartet

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MDQ: (l to r, Noel Carey, Michael Siktberg, Sam Cieri, Matthew Schatz, Kyli Rae). Photo credit: Brian MacDonald

Vermont Business Magazine  Saint Michael’s Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Chuck Tobin has announced the June 20 opening of the Playhouse’s 70th summer theater season with the Tony® Award-winning Million Dollar Quartet, the high-voltage musical inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. Million Dollar Quartet, directed by Keith Andrews (The Playhouse’s Spamalot, Young Frankenstein, Drowsy Chaperone, Sister Act) brings you inside the Sun Records recording studio with these four iconic legends.

Performances begin on Tuesday, June 20. Performances are Tuesday – Saturday evenings June 20 – 24, 27 – July 1 (8pm), and Saturday matinees June 24 and July 1 (2pm).

THE SHOW

On the night of December 4, 1956 Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins came together for an epic jam session at Sun Records Studio in Memphis. Based around that historical event, Million Dollar Quartet, by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, recounts how those four legends ended up in the same room at Sun Records in Memphis for one of the most memorable nights in music. It brings to light the extraordinary story of broken promises, secrets, and the once-in-a-lifetime celebration of four friends that is both poignant and heartwarming. Relive the era with the show’s incredible score of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, R&B and country hits. Showcased hit songs include everything from “Blue Suede Shoes,” and “Walk the Line” to “Ghost Riders”,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Fever,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more.

THE CAST

Million Dollar Quartet features Jason Loughlin as Sam Phillips, Matthew Schatz as Johnny Cash, Sam Cieri as Elvis Presley, Michael Siktberg as Carl Perkins, Noel Carey as Jerry Lee Lewis, Kyli Rae as Dyanne, Rich Magnuson as Fluke, and Sean Walkama as Brother Jay.

CAST BIOS

Jason Loughlin (Sam Phillips) Broadway: The Audience, Machinal. Regional: Private Lives, Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Million Dollar Quartet marks Jason’s Saint Michael’s Playhouse debut.

Matthew Schatz (Johnny Cash) Off-Broadway: Heathers: The Musical. Regional: First Date, Les Miserables. Television: Difficult People, Hostages, I Love You But I Lied. Million Dollar Quartet marks Matthew’s Saint Michael’s Playhouse debut.

Sam Cieri (Elvis Presley) National Tour: Once, the Musical. International/Regional: Once, the Musical, Rock of Ages, Urinetown, Jesus Christ Superstar. Million Dollar Quartet marks Sam’s Saint Michael’s Playhouse debut.

Michael Siktberg (Carl Perkins) Regional: Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story, Saturday Night Fever, Million Dollar Quartet, Beauty and the Beast, Into the Woods. Million Dollar Quartet marks Michael’s Saint Michael’s Playhouse debut.

Noel Carey (Jerry Lee Lewis) National Tour: Murder for Two. Regional: Murder for Two, Million Dollar Quartet, Into the Woods, Hair, Tale of the Nutcracker. Million Dollar Quartet marks Noel’s Saint Michael’s Playhouse debut.

Kyli Rae (Dyanne) Broadway: Jersey Boys. National/ International Tours:  Rock Of Ages, Flashdance, Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia!, Grease, Fame.  Regional: Footloose, Cats, Aida, Tarzan, Will Rogers Follies, and Annie. Million Dollar Quartet marks Kyli’s Saint Michael’s Playhouse debut.

THE CREATIVE TEAM

In Addition to director Keith Andrews, the creative team includes Jeffrey Lodin (musical supervisor) Carl Tallent (scenic design), Amy Sutton (costume design), Annmarie Duggan (lighting design), Zachary Williamson (sound design), Jennifer M. Higgins (property design).

THE THEATER

Saint Michael’s Playhouse is an Actors’ Equity Association theater company operating as an auxiliary enterprise of Saint Michael’s College. The Playhouse produces its productions with theater artists from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theater nationwide, along with Vermont-based professional actors, directors and designers. Actors’ Equity Association is the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. Tobin adds “We rehearse our shows right here in our theater and design and build our scenery, costumes and props on location with our crew of approximately 70 professional theater artists.” This season marks Producing Artistic Director Chuck Tobin's thirty-second year with the professional theater company. 

TICKET INFORMATION

The four mainstage plays of the 70th Anniversary Season are available as part of the subscription series – Million Dollar Quartet, Miracle on South Division Street, Murder for Two, and You Can’t Take It With You. Season subscriptions range in price from $124 to $143. Single ticket prices range from $35 to $45. The Playhouse is located at McCarthy Arts Center, on Route 15, in Colchester, Vermont, a ten minute drive from downtown Burlington, Vermont. Subscriptions and single tickets may be purchased online at saintmichaelsplayouse.org (link is external) or by calling 802-654-2281 or visiting the walk-up window in the lobby of McCarthy Arts Center. For a complete show schedule and more information contact the theater box office directly at 802-654-2281 or visit us at saintmichaelsplayhouse.org (link is external). Saint Michael’s Playhouse, One Winooski Park, Colchester, Vermont 05439

Source: (Colchester, Vermont) Saint Michael 6.12.2017

Date: 
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 8:00pm