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write the lyrics and send it to them. I picked “The Music of My Soul” since it was the journey of the lead character’s world, the heartbeat of Huey. Now, I talked to them at about noon and I knew 6:30 was my FedEx deadline. I went down to my studio, got the drumbeat, wrote out lyrics, put all the keyboards down, sang it, did the background vocals, burned it on to a CD and FedEx-ed it so he [Joe DiPietro, who wrote the book for MEMPHIS] would have it first thing in the morning.

he Tony®-Award winning MEMPHIS tells the powerful tale of a real-life forbidden love story set in the late ’50s in a Southern city. The songs not only reflect the era and honor the city’s musical legacy, but the music is so good that you’ll find yourself listening to the soundtrack over and over. The man behind the sound is David Bryan, the Tony®- and Grammy®winning composer, songwriter, singer, programmer and founding member of the band Bon Jovi. (He also composed The Toxic Avenger. musical.) A true music lover, as evidenced by his solo album “Lunar Eclipse,” which highlights his blues, jazz, rock and roll and classical background, Bryan has been in the music business for more than 20 years.

Amazing. I guess he liked it. He got it the next morning and couldn’t believe it. Our relationship started there. That song is still in the show. Joe wanted a composer who was a rock ‘n’ roll guy. That guy was me.

How did you get involved in MEMPHIS?

How do you and Joe collaborate to write a song? Do you write the music first? Do you sit down and have an idea?

I’m a songwriter. I just want to write songs, outside of the band, just write for different people. That’s what I was doing for my publisher. Then the agent god came down and gave me the MEMPHIS script. When I was reading it through, I heard the music, what you see today on stage, in my head. So, I just started writing. Then I told them I was also a lyricist and asked if I could mess around with the lyrics. They said to pick a song,

Joe DiPietro and David Bryan at the Tony Awards®.

Yes and yes and yes. There is no standard. I’ll work on stuff or I’ll start some lyrics and he’ll start some lyrics. There’s no real set way. That’s the beauty of collaboration. He and I sit down and we can put out one or two songs a day. We get on the same page pretty quick.

Original Broadway Cast of MEMPHIS. Photo by Joan Marcus

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What will audiences walk away with at the end of MEMPHIS? It’s a gripping story, a moment in America that was an important time of change. We’re never preachy. When you preach something at somebody, it doesn’t come across as strong as when it unfolds and you realize it for yourself. Audiences will walk away feeling positive that the world is a better place because we are smarter every day and learning from our mistakes and there are songs you can walk out singing. How involved are you in the national tour?

Original Broadway Cast of MEMPHIS. Photo by Joan Marcus

Anything that has to do with my work, I’m involved 100%. From the casting of MEMPHIS, to the set design, to the costumes, to fiduciary questions, to theaters, to lighting, auditions, you name it. Our team is a fabulous creative team with great producers, Christopher [Ashley] is a great director, Sergio [Trujillo] is a great choreographer…they’re retooling it for the road, but I’m involved in every inch of it. Are you and Joe [DiPietro] are working on a new musical called “Chasing the Song”? It’s about ’60s songwriters and is still in development. We have about 17 songs written for it. How do you feel about you and Joe being called the modern day Rodgers and Hammerstein? It’s not a bad moniker. We enjoy each other’s work. We enjoy each other’s company. We’re each other’s best critic and we’re not afraid to try something, we give ourselves that freedom.

Chad Kimball and Montego Glover of the Original Broadway Production of MEMPHIS. Photo by Joan Marcus.

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the company (in order of appearance) Carl Perkins............................................................................................................... LEE FERRIS Johnny Cash .....................................................................................................DEREK KEELING Jerry Lee Lewis .................................................................................................... MARTIN KAYE Elvis Presley.................................................................................................CODY SLAUGHTER Jay Perkins (Bass Player) .....................................................................................CHUCK ZAYAS Fluke (Drummer) .............................................................................................. BILLY SHAFFER Sam Phillips ...............................................................................CHRISTOPHER RYAN GRANT Dyanne ..............................................................................................................KELLY LAMONT UnDeRStUDIeS Understudies never substitute for the listed players unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the performance.

For Jerry Lee Lewis: AUSTIN COOK; For Dyanne: ALYSSA MARIE; For Johnny Cash, Sam Phillips: SCOTT MOREAU; For Carl Perkins: JOHN MICHAEL PRESNEY; For Fluke, Jay Perkins: DAVID SONNEBORN; For Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash: BILLY WOODWARD

Time: December 4, 1956

Place: Sun Records, Memphis

Million Dollar Quartet will be performed without an intermission. Additional Arrangements by LEVI KREIS A Tuesday night shortly before Christmas 1956. Four legends — Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley — gathered at the Sun Records studio in Memphis, Tennessee, where they’d launched their careers. Word soon leaked out of an impromptu jam session. A newspaper man who was there wrote, “This quartet could sell a million.” Soon, they were dubbed the Million Dollar Quartet. This was their only performance, a cultural flashpoint that caught rock ‘n’ roll at the moment of creation. Sun Records owner Sam Phillips discovered and produced the Million Dollar Quartet. That’s why he, together with Presley and Lewis, were among the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame’s charter inductees. Perkins and Cash soon joined them. Unlike other producers at that time, Phillips took an active role in recording, encouraging and coaxing his young, untested artists to reach deep within themselves. He began by recording blues singers like B.B. King and Ike Turner. Later on, he was the first to sign Roy Orbison and Charlie Rich. In his rudimentary, one-room studio, Phillips looked for innovation, not imitation. The music he recorded transformed the cultural landscape of the twentieth century, and its reverberations are still felt today. The use of any recording device, either audio or video, and the taking of photographs, either with or without flash, is strictly prohibited. Please turn off all electronic devices such as cellular phones, beepers and watches. 13B


mUSIcal nUmbeRS “Blue Suede Shoes”…….…………………… ...……………………………......COMPANY “Real Wild Child”…..………………………………………… ...…......JERRY LEE LEWIS “Matchbox”….……….………………………………………… ... …….....CARL PERKINS “Who Do You Love?”......................................................................... ... ......CARL PERKINS “Folsom Prison Blues”...………………………………………… ...………JOHNNY CASH “Fever”……..…………………………………………………… ... ……..……..…DYANNE “Memories Are Made of This”………...……………………..….... ……...ELVIS PRESLEY “That’s All Right”…………………………………………….… ... ..…….ELVIS PRESLEY “Brown Eyed Handsome Man”…………………………………....……...….….COMPANY “Down By the Riverside”……………..…………………………....……....……COMPANY “Sixteen Tons”………..………………………………………… ......……..JOHNNY CASH “My Babe”……………………………………………………… .. ……….CARL PERKINS “Long Tall Sally”…………………...…………………………… ... ……..ELVIS PRESLEY “Peace in the Valley”…………………………………..…………... .... …..ELVIS PRESLEY “I Walk The Line”…..……………………………………..…… ....……… JOHNNY CASH “I Hear You Knocking”……………………………………..….… .... ……….……DYANNE “Party”……………………………………………... ……..CARL PERKINS & COMPANY “Great Balls of Fire”……………………..……..……………… ...……JERRY LEE LEWIS “Down by the Riverside” (Reprise)…………………………… ...……….....…..COMPANY “Hound Dog”………….……………………………………… .. ……...…ELVIS PRESLEY “Riders in the Sky”………………………………………… ..………….…JOHNNY CASH “See You Later Alligator”…..……………………………… ... …….….….CARL PERKINS “Whole Lotta Shakin’Goin’ On”…...………………………....………..JERRY LEE LEWIS

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Who’S Who In the caSt AUSTIN COOK (u/s Jerry Lee Lewis). Acting credits: Putting It Together (music director, man #4), Some Enchanted Evening (music director/pianist)*Jeff Award Music Direction, A Tale of Two Cities (Dr. Manette)*Chicago premiere. Thanks to manager Matthew Sitz, friends and family for their love and support! LEE FERRIS (Carl Perkins) is making his National Touring debut as Carl Perkins in Million Dollar Quartet. Formerly of Freddy and Francine, Lee is grateful for the opportunity to pay tribute to one of the most influential musicians of the past century. leeferris.com CHRISTOPHER RYAN GRANT (Sam Phillips) Million Dollar Quartet (Broadway, National Tour). Other theatre: Rattlestick, Ars Nova, Yale Rep, Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC), Two River Theatre, the O’Neill, many more. BFA: University of Evansville (’05), British American Drama Academy at Oxford, MFA: Yale School of Drama. MARTIN KAYE (Jerry Lee Lewis) has crossed the pond from England to continue working on his music. Soon to release his second album, Martin has performed around the world, entertaining thousands with his piano and mismatched socks!! Credits: Sweet Charity, Fiddler…, A Chorus Line, Assassins. Martin-K.com DEREK KEELING (Johnny Cash) Broadway and National Tour Grease (Danny). Starring roles in: A Tale of Two Cities premiere cast as Darnay , NBC’s “GREASE-YTOTIW”, Connect/ Disconnect Off-Bway (Best Leading

Actor Award), Regional Premieres: Happy Days (Fonzie), All Shook Up (Chad), The Wedding Singer. www. Derek-Keeling.com KELLY LAMONT (Dyanne) is truly honored to be a part of MDQ’s 1st National Tour. Kelly has performed in theaters all over the country doing everything from Shakespeare to musical theatre. For more info: www. kellylamont.com To my beautiful mother, your presence is with me every step of this journey. ALYSSA MARIE (u/s Dyanne): Little Miss Sunshine, directed by James Lapine; Limelight, directed by Warren Carlyle (La Jolla Playhouse); Audrey, Little Shop of Horrors; Kathy Seldon, Singin’ in the Rain (Performance Riverside); Anytime Annie, 42nd Street (Fullerton CLO); west-coast premiere of The Producers (Musical Theatre West). Love to Mom, Dad, Crystal! SCOTT MOREAU (u/s Sam Phillips, Johnny Cash) is from Maine and received a BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University. He is overjoyed to become part of the MDQ family and Actor’s Equity. Thanks to mom, dad and Rachael for all of their support. www.scottmoreau.com JOHN MICHAEL PRESNEY (u/s Carl Perkins, Asst. Stage Manager) recently received his B.F.A. (Musical Theater) from the Theatre Conservatory at Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Credits include: Sweeney Todd (Anthony) and The Producers. Thanks to Stewart Talent; special love and thanks to Katie. Proud member AEA.

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BILLY SHAFFER (Fluke) is thrilled to be part of this production. A veteran of Chicago’s music scene and original cast member of MDQ, he sends many thanks to GMS, Evans and to family and friends for their love and support. CODY SLAUGHTER (Elvis Presley) Cody is a true Southern boy from Harrison, Arkansas. Named Elvis Presley Enterprises’ Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2011, Cody makes his theater debut in a role some say he was born to play, the King of Rock N Roll. DAVID SONNEBORN (u/s Fluke, Jay Perkins) A Cincinnati native and a NYC musician since 1982, currently playing drums or bass in “Western Caravan”, “The San AnTones”, “Savanah Sky”, “Li’l Mo Trio”, “Dime Store Romeos”. Toured in Always, Patsy Cline. Also a broadcast audio technician (Court TV, TruTV). Love to Becky. BILLY WOODWARD (u/s Elvis Presley, u/s Johnny Cash). Broadway debut: Million Dollar Quartet. An Emmy nominted singer/songwriter, this Maryland native has performed extensively with his band, Billy Woodward & The Senders. Billy’s music can be heard at: billywoodward. com. Love to his family, Mama, Pops & Rosie. CHUCK ZAYAS (Jay Perkins, Bass player) has been performing for more than twenty years as a bassist, singer, songwriter, session player, band leader and producer. He plays bass and is lead vocalist of his band The Midnight Ramblers. He’s an original member of the Chicago cast. ERIC SCHAEFFER (Director) is the

artistic director/co-founder of Signature Theatre, Washington DC, recipient of the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award and home to the American Musical Voices Project, the largest musical commission program in the country. Broadway: Follies, Million Dollar Quartet, Putting It Together, Glory Days. West End: The Witches of Eastwick, Million Dollar Quartet. Kennedy Center: artistic director, Sondheim Celebration, Sunday in the Park With George, Passion; Mame, Follies. COLIN ESCOTT (Co-Author). Born in England, Colin Escott lives near Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of several books, including Good Rockin’ Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll, the first in-depth account of the Sun Records story. He is a consultant to Time Life Music. FLOYD MUTRUX (Co-Author, original concept and direction) worked Second City, Chicago; NY attended Colombia University; in LA, conceived, wrote, directed or produced 50 films: American Hot Wax (Best Picture, Director), Scarecrow (Best Picture), Urban Cowboy, Untouchables, Up in Smoke, Dick Tracy, with his wife Birgitte, preparing new film Moon Over Memphis (a rock n’ roll Field of Dreams). DEREK McLANE (Scenic Design). Anything Goes, How To Succeed..., Bengal Tiger..., Ragtime, 33 Variations, The Pajama Game, Grease, Threepenny Opera, I Am My Own Wife, The Women, Ruined, Lie of the Mind, The Voysey Inheritance, Hurlyburly, Abigail’s Party. 1997 and 2004 Obie Awards; 2004, 2005, 2007 Lucille Lortel Awards; 2011 Drama

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Desk Award; 2009 Tony Award. HOWELL BINKLEY (Lighting Design). Current B’way: How To Succeed (Tony nom), Memphis, Jersey Boys and Avenue Q. Five time Helen Hayes Award recipient. 1993 Olivier Award and Canadian Dora Award for Kiss of The Spider Woman. 2006 Tony, Henry Hewes Design Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Jersey Boys. Proud co-founder of and lighting designer for Parsons Dance. JANE GREENWOOD (Costume Design). Over 100 Broadway / off Broadway credits. Metropolitan Opera, Film and Dance. Awards Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement award, Theatre Hall of Fame, 15 Tony nominations, Lucille Lortel Award, Helen Hayes Award. Next project on Broadway: Rebecca. Professor Yale School of Drama. Currently represented with All’s Well That Ends Well, Shakespeare in the Park. KAI HARADA (Sound Design) attended Yale University before leaving to pursue a career in theatrical sound design. Associate design credits to Tony Meola include A Christmas Carol; The Sound of Music; Disney’s Der Glöckner von Notre Dame; Kiss Me, Kate; The Man of La Mancha; and Wicked. Designs include Two Cities; Under the Bridge; Barbie Live in Fairytopia; She Loves Me (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Million Dollar Quartet (Chicago, New York); Zorro (Moscow); Hinterm Horizont (Berlin); and Follies (Kennedy Center, Broadway). In his spare time, he supervises the sound for Wicked around the world.

CHUCK MEAD (Musical Arrangements and Supervision). Singer/ Songwriter/Producer Chuck came to prominence as co-founder and front man of the three-time Grammy-nominated and CMA Award-winning country band BR-549. Chuck first crafted the music arrangements for MDQ during the original Daytona and Seattle workshop productions, supervised the musical performances for its 2008 Chicago opening, and created new music material for the show’s Broadway and West End productions. TOM WATSON (Hair and Wig Design) is head of the wig and makeup department at the Metropolitan Opera and has designed wigs for more than 50 Broadway productions, including The Addams Family, How to Succeed …, and Wicked. AUGUST ERIKSMOEN (Associate Music Supervisor). Broadway: The Addams Family, Memphis, Ring of Fire, All Shook Up, Rent. Off-B’way: Romantic Poetry, Walmartopia, Imperfect Chemistry. 1st nationals: All Shook Up, The Full Monty. Other arranging/orchestrating credits: A Christmas Story (5th Avenue, Tour), James And The Giant Peach. DAVID RUTTURA (Assistant Director) has worked as an Associate/ Assistant Director on Broadway (Follies, Lombardi, Million Dollar Quartet, White Christmas, A Man For All Seasons), Off-Broadway (Atlantic Theater Co., Roundabout), regionally (Kennedy Center, LaJolla Playhouse, Philadelphia Theater Co.), and internationally (Ben Hur Live). Artistic Director of Good Company. goodcompanynyc.org.

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DAVID LOBER (Production Stage Manager) Among many projects, David has been the Production Stage Manager on Wicked, The Lion King, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Aida, The Ten Commandments, Sunset Blvd, The Light in the Piazza, Caroline or Change, and Saturday Night Fever. davidlober.com MICHAEL KRUG (Stage Manager) has toured through over 200 cities in the last ten years. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Thanks to my parents, family and friends for their love and support. TELSEY + COMPANY (Casting). Broadway/Tours: Evita, Porgy and Bess, Bonnie & Clyde, Godspell, Chinglish, Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, Sister Act, Priscilla, The Addams Family, Memphis, Rock of Ages, Wicked, Bring It On. Off-Broadway: Rent, Atlantic, MCC, Signature. Film: The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Joyful Noise, Friends with Kids, Margin Call, Howl, Sex and the City, Jonah Hex, I Love You Phillip Morris, Rachel Getting Married, Dan in Real Life, Across the Universe. TV: “Smash,” “A Gifted Man,” “The Big C.” www.telseyandco.com ALAN WASSER & ALLAN WILLIAMS (General Management), along with Aaron Lustbader and Mark Shacket, oversee and supervise Tony Award Productions, The Phantom of the Opera, Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, Follies and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Broadway, Million Dollar Quartet Off-Broadway, and Phantom in Las Vegas. Upcoming productions include

Lysistrata Jones, Private Lives and The Nutty Professor. JUNIPER STREET PRODUCTIONS (Production Manager) - Hillary Blanken, Guy Kwan, Ana Rose Greene, Joseph DeLuise. Founded in 1998, the company has helped create over 30 Broadway productions, over 20 national tours, and numerous Las Vegas productions. Highlights include: Spider-Man, Follies, How to Succeed…, Promises Promises, Memphis, Million Dollar Quartet, Gypsy, Bette Midler at Caesar’s Palace, Xanadu, Company, Grey Gardens, The Producers, All Shook Up, Blue Man Group Live at Luxor, Fosse as well as many family touring productions including Dora The Explorer, Blue’s Clues and Rugrats. TYPE A MARKETING (Press and Marketing) is an independent, fullservice marketing company specializing in Broadway and national tours. New York: The Addams Family, Follies, How to Succeed…, Lysistrata Jones, Million Dollar Quartet, On a Clear Day…, Phantom, Relatively Speaking. Tours: The Addams Family, American Idiot, Anything Goes, The Book of Mormon, Million Dollar Quartet. www. typeamktg.com RELEVANT THEATRICALS (Producer), headed by Gigi Pritzker and Ted Rawlins, develops and produces new work for the stage. Current projects include: Snapshots, a new musical with book by David Stern and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; The Great Gatsby, on course to open in London next year; and a new musical version of Dennis The Menace.

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JOHN COSSETTE PRODUCTIONS (Producer) was founded by John Cossette whose 30 year career in the music industry as an innovative producer of large scale events was legendary. John produced the Grammy’s, the BET awards, the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and a star studded concert in Central Park. He was deeply involved with MusiCares and the EJ Jackson Foundation which helps to feed the homeless in Los Angeles. Under the direction of Rita Cossette the company will continue to develop and produce music related entertainment. AMERICAN POP ANTHOLOGY (Producers: Floyd & Birgitte Mutrux). An anthology series of Rock n’ Roll Bios about the people ‘who made the music that changed the culture of our country’. Floyd, along with Colin Escott and Birgitte (choreographer MDQ in Florida), have worked together on the Tony nominated Baby It’s You, workshopping Lonesome Town (with John Kaye) and preparing Boy From NYC for the 2012 season. BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA (Producer), part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies which includes Broadway.com, is owned and operated by British theatre producer John Gore (CEO) and entertainment industry veteran Thomas B. McGrath (Chairman). Broadway Across America presents first-class touring musicals and plays across 40 North American cities. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. Under the supervision of Beth Williams (CEO – Theater Division), Broadway

Across America is also dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre. Current and upcoming productions include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever starring Harry Connick, Jr., The Mountaintop starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, Godspell, Lysistrata Jones Memphis, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and the New York and West End productions of Million Dollar Quartet. For more information, please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica. com and Broadway.com. JAMES L. NEDERLANDER (Producer). President of Nederlander Organization, son of James M. Nederlander (Chairman), third generation of a family known for owning and operating theatres around the world as well as theatrical productions and popular musical attractions. Currently represented on Broadway with Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, and David Blaine’s upcoming show.

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Who’S Who in the caSt Head Sound Engineer ......................................... Brian Kallaher Assistant Sound Egineer ...................................... Phillip Mather Wardrobe Supervisor ..........................................Susan Malone Production Assistant ...................................... Samantha Preiss Drums provided by ............................................ GMS Drum Co. Drum Heads provided by........................ D’Addario & Company Makeup by...................................................... M•A•C Cosmetics Legal Counsel .............................. Levine Plotkin & Menin, LLP/ Loren H. Plotkin, Cris Criswell Loeb & Loeb LLP/ Douglas Mirell Accountant ............................ Rosenberg, Neuwirth & Kuchner, CPAs/Christopher Cacace, Marina Flom, Kirill Baytalskiy Advertising & Interactive Marketing .............The Marketing Division/Bob Bucci, Gordon Kelly, David Spry, Emma Meyer, Allison Parman Payroll Services ................................. Castellana Services, Inc. Production Photographer ...................................... Joan Marcus General Management Office.......................... Hilary Ackerman, Kaitlin Boland, Jake Hirzel, Nina Lutwick, Jennifer O’Connor Banking ...........................Signature Bank, Barbara Von Borstel Margaret Monigan, Mary Ann Fanelli Insurance ............ DeWitt Stern Group, Inc./ Peter Shoemaker, Cathy Dumancela Theatre Displays................................................... King Displays Merchandising .......Creative Goods Merchandise/ Pete Milano

STAFF FOR MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET GENERAL MANAGEMENT ALAN WASSER ASSOCIATES Alan Wasser Allan Williams Aaron Lustbader Mark Shacket Lane Marsh Mark Barna

COMPANY MANAGER MATTHEW SHERR

TOUR PRESS AND MARKETING REPRESENTATIVE TYPE A MARKETING Anne Rippey DJ Martin John McCoy Allison Morrow Robin Steinthal

TOUR DIRECTION THE BOOKING GROUP Meredith Blair Kara Gebhart www.thebookinggroup.com

CASTING TELSEY + COMPANY Bernie Telsey CSA, Will Cantler CSA, David Vaccari CSA, Bethany Knox CSA, Craig Burns CSA, Tiffany Little Canfield CSA, Rachel Hoffman CSA, Justin Huff CSA, Patrick Goodwin CSA, Abbie Brady-Dalton, David Morris, Cesar A. Rocha Andrew Femenella, Karyn Casl, Kristina Bramhall

SPECIAL THANKS John R. Cash Revocable Trust. Johnny Cash is a registered trademark of John R. Cash Revocable Trust. Image and likeness of Johnny Cash used with permission. Jerry Lee Lewis ™, The Killer ™ and the image and likeness of Jerry Lee Lewis are used with permission. Courtesy Pont Neuf, Inc.

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT JUNIPER STREET PRODUCTIONS Hillary Blanken Ana Rose Greene Guy Kwan Joseph DeLuise

Carl Perkins Enterprises. Image and likeness of Carl Perkins used with permission.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. Elvis Presley is a registered trademark of EPE, Inc. Image and likeness of Elvis Presley used with permission.

David Ruttura

ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS FOR BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA Jennifer Costello

Sara Skolnick

CREDITS

Erica Rotstein

Scenery Fabrication by Scenic Technologies, a division of Production Resource Group, LLC. Scenery painted by Scenic Art Studios. Costumes built by Eric Winterling, Inc. Lighting equipment provided by PRG Lighting. Sound equipment provided by PRG Audio. Music license consulting by Jill Meyers. Hosieryand Undergarments provided by Bra*Tenders.

UK CONSULTING PRODUCERS Joseph Smith/Michael McCabe

JAPAN CONSULTING PRODUCER TBS Service, Inc.

MUSIC COPYRIGHTS

Production Stage Manager .....................................David Lober Stage Manager ......................................................Michael Krug Assistant Stage Manager ....................... John Michael Presney Associate Company Manager .................................Maia Sutton Assistant Company Manager ................................Jillian Zeman Associate Set Designer .................................... Shoko Kambara Associate Costume Designer ...............................Moria Clinton Associate Lighting Designer ................................. Ryan O’Gara Assistant Lighting Designers .............................Michael Doran, Michael Rummage Assistant Sound Designer ....................................Jana Hoglund Production Carpenter ............................................ Scott Poitras Head Carpenter ................................................... Daniel Krohne Advance Carpenter............................................ Jason McGrath Production Electrician ..........................................Randy Zaibek Moving Light Programmer ......................................... Eric Norris Head Electrician ....................................... Domenica Boscardin Assistant Electrician .................................................... Ben Eells Advance Electrician .............................................Josh Kosmicki Production Properties .....................................Matthew Hodges Head Properties ................................................Andrew Iverson Production Sound Engineers ..... Patrick Pummill, John Kauble

“Blue Suede Shoes” (Carl Perkins), ©MPL Music Publishing Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Wren Music Co. o/b/o Carl Perkins Music Inc. “Real Wild Child” (John Greenan, John O’Keefe, David Owens), ©MPL Music Publishing Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Wren Music Co. “Matchbox” (Carl Perkins), ©MPL Music Publishing Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Wren Music Co. o/b/o Carl Perkins Music Inc. “Who Do You Love?” (Ellas McDaniel), ©ARC Music Corp. All rights reserved. Used by permission. “Folsom Prison Blues”written by John R. Cash. Published by House of Cash, Inc. Administered by Bug Music Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission. “Fever” (John Davenport, Eddie Cooley), ©1955 Bug Music-Trio Music Company (BMI) Fort Knox Music, Inc. (BMI). All rights reserved. Used by permission. “Memories Are Made of This” (Richard Dehr, Terry Gilkyson, Frank Miller), ©EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI). All rights reserved. Used by permission. “That’s All Right” (Arthur Crudup), ©1947 (renewed). Unichappell Music Inc. (BMI) and Crudup Music (BMI). All rights administered by Unichappell Music Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission. “Brown

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Alligator” (Robert Guidry), © ]Arc Music Corp. All rights reserved. Used by permission. “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” (Curly Williams), ©1997 N’Mani Entertainment Co. (ASCAP). All rights reserved. Used by permission. To learn more about the production, please visit www.MillionDollarQuartetLive.com Find us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @MillionDQuartet

Who’S Who in the caSt Eyed Handsome Man” (Chuck Berry), ©Arc Music Corp. All rights reserved. Used by permission. “Down by the Riverside” (Traditional; arranged by Chuck Mead), ©Zoilink Music. All rights administered by Coburn Music. All rights reserved. Used by permission. “Sixteen Tons” (Merle Travis), ©Merle’s Girls Music. All rights reserved. Used by permission. “My Babe” (Willie Dixon), ©Bug Music, Inc. o/b/o Hoochie Coochie Music (BMI). All rights reserved. Used by permission. “Long Tall Sally” (Robert Blackwell, Enotris Johnson, Richard Penniman), ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Used by permission. “(There Will Be) Peace in the Valley for Me” (Thomas A. Dorsey), ©(renewed) 1939 Warner- Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI). All rights reserved. Used by permission. “I Walk the Line” written by John R. Cash. Published by House of Cash, Inc. Administered by Bug Music Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission. “I Hear You Knocking” (Dave Bartholomew, Pearl King), ©EMI Unart Catalog Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission. “Party” (Jessie Mae Robinson), ©MPL Music Publishing Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission. “Great Balls of Fire” (Otis Blackwell, Jack Hammer), ©1957 (renewed), Unichappell Music Inc. (BMI), Mijac Music (BMI), Chappell & Co., Inc. (ASCAP) and Mystical Light Music (ASCAP). All rights reserved on behalf of itself and Mijac Music, administered by Unichappell Music Inc. All rights reserved on behalf of itself and Mystical Light Music, administered by Chappell & Co., Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission. “Hound Dog” (Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller). Published by Sony/ATV Songs LLC. Copyright 1953 Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. All rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, 8 Music Square West, Nashville TN 37203. All rights reserved. Used by permission. “Riders in the Sky” (Stan Jones), ©MPL Music Publishing Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Edwin H. Morris & Company. “See You Later Alligator” (Robert Guidry), © ]Arc Music Corp. All rights reserved. Used by permission. “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” (Curly Williams), ©1997 N’Mani Entertainment Co. (ASCAP). All rights reserved. Used by permission.

THE ACTORS AND STAGE MANAGERS EMPLOYED IN THIS PRODUCTION ARE MEMBERS OF ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION, THE UNION OF PROFESSIONAL ACTORS AND STAGE MANAGERS IN THE UNITED STATES. Backstage and front of house employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (or I.A.T.S.E.)

“The Musicians, Conductors, Music Preparation Personnel and Librarians employed in this production are members of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.”

The Press Agents, Company and House Managers employed in this production are represented by the Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers. The Director is a member of the STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY, a national theatrical labor union. United Scenic Artists Local USA 829 of the I.A.T.S.E. represents the Designers & Scenic Artists for the American Theatre.

This production is produced by a member of The Broadway League in collaboration with our professional union-represented employees.

To learn more about the production, please visit www.MillionDollarQuartetLive.com Find us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @MillionDQuartet

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Blumenthal Performing Arts recognizes with gratitude the dedication and support of the following contributors.

Producer’s Circle Chairman’s Council Mr. and Mrs. William B. McGuire, Jr.

President’s Council Peg and Jay Adamczyk Jim and Cathy Baily Mrs. Nancy B. Thomas and Mr. William M. Barnhardt Arthur D. Becker, Christine K. Becker, Kimberly K. Becker

The Blumenthal Foundation Amy and Philip Blumenthal Betsy and Alfred Brand Mr. William K. Diehl, Jr. Walter and Michele Fisher Dorlisa and Peter Flur Tom and Vickie Gabbard

Grace, Michael and John Galloway David and Barbara Goodman Beverly and Jim Hance Chuck and Diane Harrington Mr. and Mrs. David L. Hauser Sally Hawk and Tommi Levi

J. Michael Booe and Rebecca S. Henderson Scot and Diane Powell Jeanne and Rick Puckett Ronnie and Paulette Sherrill Mr. and Mrs. Eric Sklut Edgar and Karen Whitener

Belinda and Timothy Gunter Mandy and Todd Houser Thomas and Nora Hughes Sunny and Wen Hutchinson David and Susan Jamison Lloyd Johnson Howard and Julie Levine Michael, Jaime and Allie Monday

Tom and Anna Nelson George and Eva Raftelis Wendy and Frank Rosen Bill and Brenda Ryan Jane and Nelson Schwab Thad and Bobbie Sharrett Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Sherrill Lisa and Glenn Sherrill, Jr. Jacqueline Snipes

Pam and Andy Warlick Mr. E.I. Weisiger, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. White

Marica and Bob Dynko Greg Ewald J.C. and Elizabeth Faulkner Beth and Jonathan Feit Curt and Sara Fochtmann Joyce Staley Ford John R. Georgius In Memory of Judy Gerhart Anne and George Goodyear Mrs. Charles L. Grace Rebecca and Carl Guidice Pamela G. Hanna, M.D. Ned and Ellen Hardison Blaine and Robin Hawkins Mr. and Mrs. Mark Hawley Tim and Carolyn Hilton Dr. and Mrs. Alex Horchak Jim and Peggy Hynes Lynn Jeffrey Tom and Michelle Johnson Patti Julliard Mr. and Mrs. Graeme M. Keith Virginia A. Kern Mary Jean and Howard L. Kushner Janice S. Ladley Beverly and John Lassiter James Ledbetter The Leon Levine Foundation -Sandra and Leon Levine

Dr. Shannon Moran and Mr. Joseph Lovallo David Markoski Gary and Jill Maxwell Jane and Hugh McColl T. Bragg and Betsy McLeod Mr. Edwin McMahan Elsa and Joseph McNamara Angie Medlin Marie Mitchell Daniel Nance Ed and Jill Newman Janet and Peter Nixon Madison O’Kane Larry and Dale Polsky Mr. and Mrs. John R. Prince III Jim Putnam Sally and Russell Robinson Lisa and Robert Rollins William R. Rollins Carla and Ed Rose Ken Rothmel In Memory of Larisa Samoylov Mr. and Mrs. Jason C. Schmidly Dale and Mary Sedivec Dr. and Mrs. Robert Seymour Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Shelton, Sr. Peggy and Pope Shuford

The Marc and Mattye Silverman Foundation Tom and Sherry Skains Mr. and Mrs. Marsh Spencer Walter and Ingrid Steele Dia and Paul Steiger Ms. Donita Stewart John D. and Patricia E. Stewart Robert and Ann Stolz Mr. and Mrs. Jack H. Thomas David Thomason Meredith and Jim Thompson Ellen and Ron Vilas Greg and Sandy Vlahos Lin and DP Washburn Richard Wellner Linda and Rex Welton Jill Wheelock Mary Ellen and Reid Wilkerson Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. “Stick” Williams Bill and Pat Williamson Eric and Jean Wilson Rip and Cathey Winfield Steve V. and Vicki Worthy Gillian Albinski and Douglas Young

Benefactor Howard and Margaret Bissell Laura and Sam Bowles Lea and Robin Burt Amy and Alfred Dawson Jeff Deming Daniel and Marilyn DiMicco Charlie Elberson Scott Fuller Harry and Gail Grim

Grand Patron Dr. Monique Abner Larry Adams Bill and Valerie Alexander Elizabeth Austin Mr. and Mrs. John M. Barry Dr. and Mrs. Edward S. Baum Mike and Renee Baumbach Ralph and Linda Beck Mr. and Mrs. Milton Berkman Mark and Louise Bernstein Roy and Amy Bivens Mr. and Mrs. Alan Blumenthal Ray and Peggy Bouley Crandall and Erskine Bowles Tim and Pat Brier Frank Brown James and Sara Buck Peter and Cynthia Buck James R. Bullock Bret Burquest Jeffrey Carlson Nan and Hal Clarke Steve and Elaine Coats Harvey and Muri Corzin Brandon and Amy Croom Roger Cuddy Bill and Rose Cummings Ned and Adelaide Davis James W. Donahue Pepper and Roddey Dowd Mr. and Mrs. James F. Downs

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Blumenthal Performing Arts recognizes with gratitude the dedication and support of the following contributors.

Leadership Gift

Signature Gift

2011-12 Broadway Lights Series Sponsor

Official Healthcare Provider of Blumenthal Performing Arts

Major Gifts

Preferred Caterer of Blumenthal Performing Arts

Preferred Snack Food Provider of Blumenthal Performing Arts

Preferred Dining Partner of Blumenthal Performing Arts

Preferred Dining Partner of Blumenthal Performing Arts

Foundation Gifts

THE DOCTOR FAMILY FOUNDATION Education Programs and Student Scholarships

The Arts & Science Council supports Blumenthal Performing Arts’ 2012 Fiscal Year budget with a Basic Operating Grant in the amount of $345,401.

Blumenthal Performing Arts receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

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Blumenthal Performing Arts recognizes with gratitude the dedication and support of the following contributors.

Chairman, CEO, Presidential Partners

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Blumenthal Performing Arts recognizes with gratitude the dedication and support of the following contributors.

Corporate Partners Directing Partner Cadwalader

Rodgers Builders

Executive Partner Alston & Bird, LLP Brixx-Uptown Family Dollar Store Fifth Third Bank, NC Hubbell Consulting, LLC

Hunton & Williams, LLP InterCon Building Corporation KPMG LLP King & Spalding Midrex Technologies, Inc.

NUCOR Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP Shaw Group SteelFab, Inc.

Internetwork Services Inc. Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc. Lincoln Harris McGrann Paper Corporation McGuireWoods, LLP Modular Designs Morningstar Mini-Storage NASCAR Media Group

North Highland Company Preferred Electric Robert W. Baird & Company, Inc. RSM McGladrey Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. Stewart Engineering, Inc. Toshiba

United Mechanical Corporation W. B. Moore Company of Charlotte, Inc.

E.F. Belk & Son, Inc. Ec,a Architecture, PC Elm Engineering Forsythe Solutions Group, Inc. Galvan Industries, Inc. Garmon & Co., Inc. Commerical Flooring Hendrick Construction, Inc. Herlocker Mechanical Systems, Inc. High Performance Technologies, Inc. HITACHI Data Systems Hood Hargett & Associates Hoopaugh Grading Co., LLC IKON Office Systems KBR Building Group KDC Keith Corporation KingGuinn Associates, P.A. LITTLE

Marsh Properties Martin Marietta Materials MCC Mechanical, LLC McCombs Steel Company, Inc. McNeary, Inc. Mechanical Contractors, Inc. Mooresville Glass and Mirror MV Momentum Construction Myers & Chapman, Inc. NASCAR Foundation North Carolina Bank and Trust PinPoint Safety, LLC Reznick Group, P.C. Robert Pittenger Company Rogers Unloading Service Schindler Elevator Corp. Security Forces, Inc. Signature Consultants Sprint Staley Inc.

Sun Belt Office & Data Suppliers, Inc. Tandus Flooring The Title Company of North Carolina Toler, Bly & Associates, CPA, PLLC Tropical Nut & Fruit Inc. Velligan Medical Services Warco Construction, Inc. White Knight Engineered Products Willis Yorel Integrated Solutions, Inc.

Managing Partner Areva NP Inc. BB&T Belk, Inc. C design Inc. Carolina Tractor Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Clariant Direct Source, Inc. Imperial Printing

Associate Partner Absolute Fire Control Acoustics Incorporated Ashley Furniture HomeStore Aster Group Corporation B.E. Holbrooks Co., Inc. Bailiwick Data Systems, Inc. C.M. Steel, Inc. Carousel Capital Company Carroll Financial Associates, Inc. Charlotte Engineers LLP Chicago Title Insurance Company Childress Klein Properties Choate Construction Co. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated Collins and Wright Inc. Commercial Defeasance LLC Design Strategies LLC Dixon Hughes PLLC

Where Charlotte Comes Together! Please contact us for more information on becoming a member. Blumenthal Performing Arts PO Box 37322 • Charlotte, NC 28237 • 704.379.1353 development@ncbpac.org • BlumenthalArts.org

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Opera Carolina

Opera Carolina’s Madama Butterfly Soars with Artistic Imagery Designed by Internationally Acclaimed Sculptor Jun Kaneko

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Charlotte’s own Mint Museum. From December 10 – April 28, the Mint Museum Uptown at the Levine Center for the Arts will hold a special exhibition featuring four of Kaneko’s Dango sculptures in addition to selected costume drawings he has rendered for the Madama Butterfly production. Opera Carolina’s production of Madama Butterfly performs over two weekends: January 21, 26 and 29 at the Belk Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. A 25 percent discount is available for season ticket holders, a 50 percent Youth Discount, plus $10 Student Rush tickets and various Group Discounts. For ticket information, call 704.372.1000 or visit operacarolina.org The 2011-2012 Season of Opera Carolina is underwritten by a generous sponsorship from Wells Fargo Private Bank.

hen Opera Carolina fans settle in for Puccini’s iconic masterpiece Madama Butterfly, the beautiful score and mesmerizing story will resonate in new and exciting ways. Opera-goers will find themselves on the edge of their seats as they take in the breathtaking sets and stunning costumes that have garnered rave reviews for Japanese-born sculptor turned opera designer, Jun Kaneko. “Audiences are in for an exceptional experience with this powerful convergence of visual and performing art,” notes James Meena, general director and principal conductor of Opera Carolina. “Jun has infused this beloved opera with his own unique artistic perspective, and his love for his Japanese heritage.” Kaneko’s art works are included in more than 40 museum collections, including Kaneko’s Madama Butterfly, photo courtesy of Opera Omaha.

Madama Butterfly Jan. 21, 26 & 29 • Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

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“Performing on the stage and sometimes directly above the orchestra, the agile cast of Cirque de la Symphonie dazzled the audience and often drew gasps as they soared, balanced and contorted, to the delight of all.” –The Indianapolis Examiner Enjoy recognizable favorites such as Saint-Saen’s Danse Bacchanale, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries and selections from Carmen while watching suspended dancers and contortionist feats in daring displays of musical and physical ingenuity. See gravity defeated. Watch acrobats soar above oboes and dancers whirl among the violins. Be amazed at the strength and grace of the actors matched with the majesty and splendor of the Charlotte Symphony. The CSO Pops Series features artists such as Natalie Cole, Disney in Concert, A John Williams Spectacular and many more. The CSO performance season also includes the Classics series, family-friendly Lollipops, and the innovative KnightSounds series. For more information and tickets, call 704-972-2000 or visit the Charlotte Symphony website at charlottesymphony.org.

lying hula hoops, juggling pins and one-armed handstands are not typical Symphony fare. But on November 25 & 26, in Cirque de la Symphonie, audiences will enjoy all that and more. Led by Associate Conductor Jacomo Rafael Bairos, the Charlotte Symphony will unite with a troupe of acrobats and actors for a tour de force for the eyes and ears. A production formed to combine the magic of circuses and symphonies, Cirque de la Symphonie is an exciting adaptation uniting musical and acrobatic performances. Artists include amazing aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, mimes and magicians, backed by the entire Symphony. The Cirque performance is uniquely adapted to share the stage with a full performing orchestra, with each artist’s performance is professionally choreographed to classical masterpieces and popular contemporary music. The combination of orchestra musicians and circus performers has been dubbed “astonishing” by The Seattle Times and the The Indianapolis Examiner called Cirque de la Symphonie “exquisite and breathtaking.”

Cirque de la Symphonie

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Broadway Extras!

Everything You Want to Know About RocK of AgES! (but were afraid to ask) Broadway show!

What is ROCK OF AGES about? In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80s. It’s an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of the 80s. Don’t miss this awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on! Whose music will I hear in the show? ROCK OF AGES features the tunes of all your ’80s favorites, including REO Speedwagon, Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Poison, Foreigner, Pat Benatar,Twisted Sister, Whitesnake, Night Ranger, Quarterflash, Asia and more!

Is ROCK OF AGES appropriate for children? ROCK OF AGES is a full-out, blast-off, holdonto-your-hairspray celebration of the great rock music of the ’80s, and you might be wondering – or, admit it, hoping –your kids will love it as much as you will. Well, we think they will, but you should know that some of the costumes, dancing and language might not be appropriate for kids under age 14. Teens might dig it because it’s totally awesome, sort of like a music video brought to life, complete with hot dancers and blazing guitar licks. We suggest you use your best judgment about whether or not the show is appropriate for them. Remember, if you do bring them, they’ll may see you rockin’ like you did back in the day. Just so you know.

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Will my grandparents enjoy ROCK OF AGES? Depends on how cool they are. If your grandma has “I Wanna ROCK!” as her ringtone, buy that girl a ticket TODAY!

Anything else special I should know? Well, the show was nominated for five – count ‘em – five Tony® awards: Best Musical, Best Actor in a Musical (Constantine Maroulis), Best Director (Kristin Hanggi), Best Costume Design (Gregory Gale) and Best Sound Design (Peter Hylenski), which makes us feel pretty special!

I’m not familiar with ’80s music, will I like ROCK OF AGES? The show is packed with “feel good power ballads” that rose to huge popularity in the 1980s. They feature distorted guitar riffs based around power chords, catchy hooks and hard-hitting drumming. There are tons of guitar solos and many of the songs have catchy “sing-along” choruses and clear vocals.

Is there loud music in the show? Are there strobe lights? Well, it’s a rock musical set in the late ’80s, and you’re gonna feel like you’re at a rock concert during parts of it and there are all kinds of special visual effects. However, we are no louder than any other rockin’

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Celebrate the Holidays with these Festive Shows!

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Nov. 22 - Dec. 11 • Knight Theater

Magic of Christmas Charlotte Symphony Dec. 2-4 • Belk Theater

Live from WVL Radio Theatre: It’s a Wonderful Life Dec. 6-18 • Booth Playhouse

Nutcracker

North Carolina Dance Theatre Dec. 9-18 • Belk Theater

Messiah

Charlotte Symphony Dec. 14 • Belk Theater

Jim Brickman’s A Christmas Celebration Dec. 18 • Knight Theater

ROCK OF AGES

Dec. 26-31 • Belk Theater 704.372.100 • BlumenthalArts.org Group Sales: 704.379.1380


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Charlotte Live is the all-inclusive name for three separate social clubs made up of young people who enjoy making new friends and attending great shows at the Blumenthal. We have a group for Middle School, High School and College students. Club Members enjoy free pre-show parties plus great discounts on show tickets.

The Sphinx Virtuosi

Friday, November 4, 2011, 8 pm, Halton Theater

The Salzburg Chamber Soloists

Friday, January 27, 2012, 8 pm, Halton Theater

The Vienna Boys’ Choir

Friday, March 16, 2012, 8 pm, Halton Theater

There are no dues, no boring meetings and no membership requirements. To become a member of Charlotte live, visit charlottelive.org. You can also visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/charlottelive.

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Friday, April 20, 2012, 8 pm, Halton Theater

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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET playbill  

The playbill for MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, which plays Knight Theater in Charlotte Nov. 22-Dec. 11, 2011.

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