The Tony Award-nominated Million Dollar Quartet explodes on stage with a monumental night of rock ‘n’ roll! On December 4, 1956, a twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. The foursome held an impromptu jam session and producer Sam Phillips, knowing he was witnessing a once-in-a-lifetime event, had the session captured on camera by the local newspaper. The picture from that chance meeting was dubbed ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ and became a legend in rock ‘n roll history. Featuring an incredible jukebox of hits like Hound Dog, Blue Suede Shoes, Folsom Prison Blues, That’s All Right, Great Balls of Fire and a whole lot more, Million Dollar Quartet captures the contagious spirit, freewheeling excitement and powerhouse performances of music’s most famous recording session!
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. (866) 378-9758 www.theatricalrights.com
Inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins
Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux
Original Concept and Direction by Floyd Mutrux
Originally developed and produced by Relevant Theatricals, John Cossette Productions and Northern Lights, Inc. at the Goodman Theatre, Robert Falls, Artistic Director – Roche Shulfer, Executive Director and transferred to The Apollo Theatre, Chicago, IL, 2008 Produced by the Village Theatre, Issaquah, Washington, Robb Hunt, Producer – Steve Tompkins, Artistic Director, 2007 and Seaside Music Theater, Daytona Beach, FL, Tippin Davidson, Producer – Lester Malizia, Artistic Director, 2006
Welcome to the Mayfield Dinner Theatre and what I’m sure you find to be a great evening of entertainment. With a season that is largely dedicated to the phenomenon that we know as rock ‘n’ roll, there could not be a better show to kick it off. Million Dollar Quartet is a moment in history. It is literally a snapshot of an evening in December 1956 taken in the infamous Sun Records recording studio, arguably the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Certainly its owner/operator, Sam Phillips, was one of the key players. He’s the man who discovered Elvis! And if that wasn’t enough, he also signed Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Howlin’ Wolf and many more. This is really his story, facing the challenges of selling Elvis to RCA so he could keep his doors open, hanging on to the talent he had (Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins) and out discovering new talent for the future (Jerry Lee Lewis). These four amazing artists featured in this show represent exactly that, the past, the present and the future of rock n roll. With Sam Phillips it was in good hands, and so are you this evening with the fabulous talent on the stage telling this story. All newcomers save one to the Mayfield stage, we are thrilled to have them here and we are all excited to share this experience with our theatre patrons. Enjoy!
Gerrad is very excited for this show to rock the Mayfield as this night in history truly was a night to remember. Selected Theatre: The Wedding Singer, History of Rock ‘n’ Roll, British Invasion, Super Groovy 70’s, The 80’s Adventures I and II (Mayfield), Million Dollar Quartet (Mirvish), Sister Act, Hairspray, Canadian Legends, Twist and Shout, Legends of Rock n Roll, Million Dollar Quartet (Drayton Entertainment), Hair, Rocky Horror Picture Show (CanStage), British Invasion I and II, Super Groovy 70’s, Anne of Green Gables, Buddy Holly Story, Disco Cirque (Charlottetown Festival), Rocky Horror Picture Show (MTC), Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Million Dollar Quartet, Rocky Horror Picture Show (Stage West). Selected Film and TV: Paranormal Witness, Close Encounters, Chocolate Confidential, Doodlebops. Thank you to this incredible creative team, crew, and insanely talented cast… and yes… these boys are really playing! Enjoy ox
Alicia is so excited to perform this iconic music in her Mayfield debut! A proud graduate of Randolph College and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Alicia is a multi-disciplinary performer, artist and teacher. Credits include: Hope Cladwell in Urinetown (Assembly Hall, Edinburgh, UK), Deb in Ordinary Days (OJS Theatre, Birmingham, UK), Vixen in Dracula (Ewing Entertainment, Singapore), Trump in Newsrevue (Canal Cafe Theatre, London, UK). Alicia starred as Rizzo in Grease (Winter Garden Theatre, Toronto) and most recently played Evangeline Barley in the Betty Award winning production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Stage West, Calgary). She would like to thank Sarah Matton at 10 Talent, and her family, friends and Tyler for their support. Instagram: @aliciabarban
Devon is thrilled to be joining the cast of MDQ in his debut here with Mayfield. He previously portrayed Johnny Cash in New West Theatre’s production in Lethbridge last fall. Other select theatre credits include: Christmas Carol (Theatre Calgary), Hunt for Jack Sparrow, Under The Sea (Disney Cruise Line), Goosebumps the Musical (SBT), Rockers Gone Country, Twist and Shout, Country Gold (NWT), Spamalot (Hatrix Theatre). Devon thanks his wife and family for their endless support and hope you all enjoy the show.
MAYFIELD DINNER THEATRE DEBUT. OTHER THEATRE: Elvis Presley, Million Dollar Quartet: Stage West – Calgary, Royal MTC – Winnipeg, Drayton Entertainment – Cambridge, Penetanguishene, Grand Bend, Drayton, Mirvish Productions – Toronto, Theatre Aquarius – Hamilton, New West Theatre – Lethrbidge. PERSONAL NOTES: Hailing from Toronto, Matt Cage is a multi-award winning tribute artist and actor plying his craft all around the world. He has appeared in Las Vegas as the featured Elvis performer in All Shook Up: A Tribute to the King at Planet Hollywood. Matt has portrayed Elvis Presley in theatres, festival headlining shows, television and more. He is very excited to be joining the talented production team and cast at the Mayfield! See more about Matt at his website, www.mattcage.com & Instagram @themattcage
Tyler is an actor, singer, musician, director, teacher, and writer originally from Kingston Ontario. Previous theatre credits include: Canada 151 (Mayfield Dinner Theatre), Million Dollar Quartet (Stage West/Drayton Entertainment/Mirvish), All You Need is Love & Rock n Roll (RuBarb Productions), You’ll Get Used To It…The War Show!, Kings & Queens of Country, Marathon of Hope (Drayton Entertainment), Forever Plaid (Starvox/Stirling Festival Theatre), Spamalot (Stephenville Theatre Festival). Along with performing Tyler works as a writer and is the Artistic Director of Suitcase Theatre where he just finished developing a new TYA show discussing bullying and mental health that is currently touring to schools across Ontario. Tyler runs a weekly podcast series interviewing prominent people in the theatre industry called Let’s Grab Coffee. Tyler would like to thank The Talent House, as well as his family, for their constant love and support. Instagram: @tylercheck
No stranger to musical theatre pit orchestra work, Brendan is thrilled to be an on stage part of Mayfield Dinner Theatre’s production of Million Dollar Quartet! Originally from Brandon Manitoba, Brendan is a graduate of MacEwan University’s Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music program (a mouthful for sure). He has been working as a full time freelance musician, engineer, producer and educator based in Edmonton for the past several years. He has performed with many CCMA award winning artists across the country and continues to perform with numerous Edmonton based artists and groups. Musical theatre pit orchestra performances in Edmonton include Guys and Dolls, Catch Me If You Can, Young Frankenstein, Carrie, The Heathersand Shrek: The Musical. He would like to thank his wife Kaila for her patience and their cat Lily for her unconditional love.
Jefferson McDonald is elated to make his Mayfield Dinner Theater debut in the legendary role of Jerry Lee Lewis. Recent credits: Million Dollar Quartet (Weston Playhouse, Confederation Centre of the Arts, Arrow Rock Lyceum), Spike in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Asolo Repertory Theatre, St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Avenue Q (Park Playhouse) and George Haverstick in Period of Adjustment (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater). He is a 2016 recipient of a Broadway World Denver Award for his portrayal of Ernst Ludwig in Cabaret (Lake Dillon Theatre Company). Classically trained in both music and acting, Jefferson has studied in Moscow (MXAT) and London and holds degrees in acting from Ithaca College and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. His new musical, Jerry Lee Lewis Versus Jerry Lee Lewis, will receive its world premiere this winter with Park Playhouse.
Born in Edmonton, Evan Stewart is a freelance bassist now based in Montreal. Evan graduated from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music with a degree in Jazz Performance in 2012. Since then he has toured, performed and recorded extensively across North America. Recent performances include the Segal Centre’s productions of I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, Prom Queen the Musical, and Million Dollar Quartet. Other notable performances include Million Dollar Quartetat the Aquarius Theatre in Hamilton, Million Dollar Quartet, Jesus Christ Superstarand Kronborg: The Hamlet Rock Musical at the Charlottetown Festival in Prince Edward Island. Currently Evan is studying at McGill University with Scott Feltham of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Evan is also a rotating member of the folk band The Bombadils.
Leon is very proud to make his debut at the Mayfield Theatre. After a successful run of Mamma Mia at the Citadel Theatre last year, he is very glad to be returning to Edmonton. Currently, Leon calls Saskatoon home and, after wrapping a recent run at Persephone Theater of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, he is grateful to return this Christmas for Elf The Musical. Other Persephone credits include: Bert in Mary Poppins (co-pro with Western Canada Theatre), Jerry in Full Monty (co-pro with Patrick Street Productions), and Gordon in Dead Man’s Cell Phone. Leon has also had the pleasure of playing Sam Philips in Million Dollar Quartet at both Chemainus Theatre and Theatre Aquarius. Hugs to KJ and Sawyer, the loves of his life. Follow Leon on Instagram @leonwilley