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APOLLO THEATER 2540 N. Lincoln Ave. relevant THEATRICALS, JOHN COSSETTE PRODUCTIONS, NORTHERN LIGHTS, INC.

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COLIN ESCOTT & FLOYD MUTRUX Original Concept and Direction by Floyd Mutrux

Book by

Inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins GABE BOWLING TIM DECKER

DAVID LAGO KELLY LAMONT

LANCE LIPINSKY

SEAN SULLIVAN

Billy SHaffer

CHUCK ZAYAS

Scenic Design

Costume Design

ADAM KOCH

CARYN KLEIN

Lighting Design Sound Design KEITH PARHAM KAI HARADA

Casting CLAIRE SIMON, CSA

Additional Casting Telsey + Company

Production Stage Manager

Production Management

Maggie O’donnell

Matt Marsden

Advertising & Marketing Public Relations General Management allied live, llc cathy taylor Alan wasser • allan williams public relations, Inc. Karen Berry Musical Arrangements and Supervision

Chuck mead Directed by

Floyd mutrux & eric schaeffer Developed and produced at Village Theatre, Issaquah, Washington Robb Hunt, Producer - Steve Tomkins, Artistic Director Originally presented by Seaside Music Theater Tippin Davidson, Producer Lester Malizia, Artistic Director Million Dollar Quartet 1


cast (in order of appearance) Carl Perkins..............................................................................................................Gabe Bowling* Johnny Cash............................................................................................................. Sean Sullivan* Jerry Lee Lewis..................................................................................................... Lance Lipinsky* Elvis Presley.................................................................................................................. David Lago* Fluke (Drummer)....................................................................................................... Billy Shaffer* Jay Perkins (Bass player).........................................................................................Chuck Zayas* Sam Phillips..................................................................................................................Tim Decker* Dyanne........................................................................................................................Kelly Lamont* Understudies Carl Perkins/Elvis Presley...................................................................................Shaun Whitley* Johnny Cash/Sam Phillips............................................................................. Johnny Kinnaird* Jerry Lee Lewis.................................................................................................................Eric Stang Dyanne........................................................................................................................... Darcy Wood *The actors and stage managers are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

PRODUCTION NOTES On a cold Tuesday afternoon in December of 1956, four of the greatest musical innovators of the time, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, united at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee for a somewhat accidental gathering. These renowned revolutionaries spontaneously created a collection of music deemed so original; there was hardly a classification for what transpired. Word leaked of this impromptu jam session, in which the boys were dubbed the Million Dollar Quartet, and history was made. The foursome never reunited again. Leading up to that fateful night, Cash, Perkins, and Presley’s careers had already skyrocketed. Once touring partners and friends, their paths bisected by chance that night, while Jerry Lee Lewis was the new kid in town. There was one man in all their lives who perhaps was the unsung hero, the man who nurtured the genius in each of them: the “Father of rock’n’roll” and Sun Records owner, Sam Phillips. Unlike other producers of the time, Phillips took an active role in the recording process, encouraging and coaxing the artists to generate a sound from the depths of their capabilities. Even under scrutiny from the public, Phillips urged his artists to disregard the temptation to adopt the mainstream tactics of other contemporaries, despite the lure of success. In his rudimentary, one room studio, Phillips sparked innovation and launched careers, including those of B.B. King, Roy Orbison and Ike Turner, in addition to the four artists included in the Million Dollar Quartet. Phillips often found himself deserted by his aspiring young talents as they sought big paychecks and star reputations that Sun Records simply could not deliver. Lost in the spotlight of stardom, Cash, Perkins and Presley, among others, moved on in their ambition for fame. Only later on in their careers did they come to fully appreciate the contribution made by Phillips, in his constant respect and fostering of artistic imagination and individuality. Jerry Lee Lewis was the only member of the Million Dollar Quartet to remain loyal to Sun Records, until 1963. He moved to Mercury Records and experienced a career rebirth as a country artist starting in 1968. Yet, no matter what path to success his artists traveled along in pursuit of their careers, the spirit of Phillips and his vision live on in the music each of them created. Innovators of Rock’n’roll by Kyrstin Andrews • Reprinted with permission by Village Theatre 2 Million Dollar Quartet


million dollar quartet song list Blue Suede Shoes....................................................................................................................Ensemble Real Wild Child..................................................................................................... Jerry Lee Lewis, lead Matchbox......................................................................................................................Carl Perkins, lead Who Do You Love?....................................................................................................Carl Perkins, lead Folsom Prison Blues...............................................................................................Johnny Cash, lead Fever....................................................................................................................................... Dyanne, lead Memories Are Made Of This.................................................................................Elvis Presley, lead That’s All Right...........................................................................................................Elvis Presley, lead Brown Eyed Handsome Man..............................................................................................Ensemble Down By The Riverside.........................................................................................................Ensemble Sixteen Tons / My Babe....................................................Johnny Cash, lead / Carl Perkins, lead Long Tall Sally.............................................................................................................Elvis Presley, lead Peace In The Valley...................................................................................................Elvis Presley, lead I Walk the Line..........................................................................................................Johnny Cash, lead I Hear You Knockin’......................................................................................................... Dyanne, lead Party................................................................................................................................Elvis Presley, lead Great Balls of Fire................................................................................................ Jerry Lee Lewis, lead Hound Dog...................................................................................................................Elvis Presley, lead Riders in the Sky......................................................................................................Johnny Cash, lead See You Later, Alligator..........................................................................................Carl Perkins, lead Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On........................................................................ Jerry Lee Lewis, lead

biographies (in order of appearance) GABE BOWLING (Carl Perkins) has been a professional actor for eight years with a career that’s landed him in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Until now he has mostly focused on film and commercials. Originally a Wisconsin native, he has toured nationally in multiple bands throughout his life and is currently the lead guitar player for the rock band Fat J and The Pinners. He is also the brains behind all of the instrumentation and songwriting in his side project Gabe vs. The Sad Kids. Sean Sullivan (Johnny Cash) hails from Ohio and has lived and worked in Chicago since 2002. He’s an ensemble member with BackStage Theatre Co. As an actor and designer

he’s performed with Timeline Theatre Company in Fiorello! as Floyd and The Children’s Hour as Joe; with Lifeline Theatre as M’Ling in The Island of Dr. Moreau; and most recently, Sean was nominated for a Jeff Award for Best Actor in a Principle Role with Shattered Globe Theatre in Requiem for a Heavyweight. He wants to thank his family and friends, his parents Mike and Susan and his best friend and fiancée, Megan. Lance Lipinsky (Jerry Lee Lewis) While other kids were doing their homework, Lance was studying his dad’s record collection of people like Elvis, Roy Orbison, and his hero, Jerry Lee Lewis. These strong convictions for the past consumed his lifestyle and dedicated his career to the modern underground Rockabilly movement. Now at age 24, this Texas native combines these styles in his own Million Dollar Quartet 3


biographies (in order of appearance) original music similar to early rock ‘n’ roll, classic country and even a touch of 1960’s pop. His energetic live shows have led him all over the world, even to making his national television debut at the original Ryman Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. Check out www. lancelipinsky.com for updates on his first album recording, which uses all analog equipment to emulate the timeless sound of the 1950’s and 60’s. David Lago (Elvis Presley) Emmy® Awardwinning actor David Lago celebrates over a decade of achievement in the entertainment industry with five Emmy nominations, in addition to his Emmy® win for his portrayal of “Raul” on the number one rated CBS soap opera, The Young and the Restless in 2005. Lago is also recognized for his recurring role of “Jeremy” on the Aaron Spelling television show, 7th Heaven. The Cuban-American actor has starred in and/or produced several independent films for the past five years. Lago was born on January 18 in Downey, California. BILLY SHAFFER (Fluke, Drummer) aka Billy Bob has lived in exotic places like Libya, Turkey, Pakistan and Oklahoma. He began playing guitar in garage bands at age 12, switched to drums a year later and played his first professional gig at age 16. He then traveled extensively in road bands for a few years. Billy Bob came to Chicago at age 21 to play clubs and record and he has played locally with Cactus Jack, Jump ‘n the Saddle Band (of “Curly Shuffle” fame), Bloodshot recording artists the Riptones; jazz legends, Johnny Frigo and Jethro Burns, and numerous other Chicago musicians for the past 30 years. He also went on the road with Grand Ole 4 Million Dollar Quartet

Opry artists Billy Walker and Ferlin Husky and has been active in the local blues scene playing upwards of 130 nights a year. Billy Bob resides in the Chicago area with his wife of 28 years, Chrissy and his 16 year-old daughter Kayla. CHUCK ZAYAS (Jay Perkins, Bass player) is a veteran musician who has been performing on stage for more than twenty straight years in roles including bass player, singer, songwriter, band leader, side man, session player and producer. He has played rockabilly bass in Rocket 88, and is the front man for his most recent “roots” project, The Midnight Ramblers. Chuck is thrilled to return to Million Dollar Quartet after being a part of the Seaside production. Tim Decker (Sam Phillips) Tim could not be more excited to be a part of this amazingly talented cast and hopes his work honors the legacy of this music that his father introduced to him. He is a long time Chicago actor with local and regional credits that include roles at Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman, Next, Milwaukee Rep, Touchstone, Shattered Globe, Stage Left, Blind Parrot, Famous Door, Bailiwick, Noble Fool, American Theatre Company, and American Blues where he received a Principal Actor Jeff for his work in Toys in the Attic. Tim also works in film and TV where he has had recurring roles in ABC’s Cupid and Turks on CBS as well as The Untouchables. Film credits include work in Charming Billy, Dirty Work, Joshua, and a leading role in the recently wrapped Indie film Ash which will premiere this fall. Tim has also paid a lot of bills over the years landing voiceover work for tv and radio. Far and away, his proudest accomplishment is his family who he thanks for their support.


biographies (in order of appearance) KELLY LAMONT (Dyanne) recently appeared as Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray (Fireside Theatre, WI), Ellen in Miss Saigon (Fullerton Civic Light Opera, Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation nominee for “Featured Actress in a Musical.”) Other credits include Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Jackie Coryton in Hayfever, Measure for Measure and Richard III (Utah Shakespearean Festival), Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Milwaukee Shakespeare). She recieved her B.F.A in Acting from the University of Illinois. Kelly is an original cast member of Chicago’s Million Dollar Quartet. Kelly can also be seen in various pin-up photography and stars in a Marilyn Monroe tribute act. Visit her at www.kellylamont.com for more. Many thanks to her family and friends who have always believed in her.

Nashville, TN, where Johnny played, toured, and recorded with his own band and many others. Johnny holds a degree in theatre from Webster Conservatory and has acted professionally all over this great land. Most notable performances include, but not limited to, father of one awesome son and husband to one incredible wife. Johnny would be remiss not to mention his father’s lifetime love of Johnny Cash’s music. The countless hours playing and listening to his music together not only helped Johnny land this job but help make me the man I am today. Thanks Daddy.

Eric Stang (Jerry Lee Lewis Understudy) is thrilled to be joining the cast of Million Dollar Quartet! Born in Chicago and raised in Highland Shaun Whitley Park, Illinois, Eric Stang turned pro at age (U/S Carl Perkins/ 14, becoming the youngest restaurant/ Elvis Presley) is bar piano player in Illinois history, thrilled to be a part resulting in front page coverage in the of this production. Chicago Tribune. Eric graduated from He is a multiDePaul University School of Music with instrumentalist, actor, a B.M. in Jazz Performance in 2007. composer, and JeffFollowing a 5-year stint as a keyboardist, nominated music director. Some bassist and emcee/singer in a special Chicago credits include: A Midsummer events band, the Associates, Eric has Night’s Dream (Flute/Thisbe) with performed at countless music venues, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Pump including the House of Blues, Howl at Boys and Dinettes (Jim) with Drury Lane the Moon, Park West, and SummerFest in Theater - Oakbrook, Buddy: The Buddy Milwaukee. Eric has recorded with artists Holly Story (Tommy, u/s Buddy Holly) such as Kanye West, Twista, Malik Yusef, with Drury Lane Theater - Water Tower, and his own band, the Eric Stang Project Uncle Vanya (Telegin) with TUTA, and (“ESP”). Visit him at www.ericstang.com Cotton Patch Gospel (Bass/Mandolin) to see/hear more. with Provision Theater. He studied acting Darcy Wood at RADA in London. Thanks to the (u/s Dyanne) Darcy producers and creative team for this Wood is thrilled to amazing opportunity. Love to both of his be joining the families, and most especially to Meg. talented cast and Johnny Kinnaird crew of Million (U/S Johnny Cash/ Dollar Quartet. Sam Phillips) is very Originally an excited to be joining Orlando native, Darcy made her the Million Dollar Chicago debut in 2008 upon Quartet family. graduating with her B.A in Acting at Hailing from Seton Hill University. Some of her Million Dollar Quartet 5


biographies favorite Regional credits include: High School Musical (U.S./Perf. Gabriella) at Drury Lane Oakbrook, Taffetas (U.S./ Perf. Kaye & Donna) at Nobel Fools Theatricals, Tommy (Sally Simpson) at Circle Theatre and Girls vs. Boys (original workshop cast member) at The House Theatre. Big Thanks to her extremely supportive family, circle of friends and her stellar agents at Gray Talent Group. Check out some of her music at www.trevorreusch.com COLIN ESCOTT (Co-Book Author) left university in England in 1970, and while most of his friends went to Katmandu or off to work with the poor and disenfranchised, Colin went to Memphis in search of the shaking music. Later, he wrote the book Good Rockin’ Tonight— Sun Records and the Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll, upon which Million Dollar Quartet is loosely based. He also co-produced and co-wrote Hank Williams—Honky Tonk Blues for PBS and BBC and wrote the definitive biography of Williams. Currently living in rural Tennessee, he is a consultant to Time Life Music. FLOYD MUTRUX (Co-Book Author, Co-Director) has written, directed or produced 50 films including American Hot Wax (Village Voice Best Picture-Best Director), Urban Cowboy, Up in Smoke, Hollywood Knights, Aloha Bobby & Rose, The Untouchables, as well as the Emmywinning “Drug Wars,” “American Me” and “Dick Tracy” at Disney, where he co-wrote Ice Cube’s new football movie. He is currently working on four movies including Dancing with Myself for John Travolta, and a number of rock’n’roll musical stage bios with Colin Escott, including shows about Fats Domino and “The Alan Freed Show,” and is workshopping Baby’s It’s You, the Shirelles bio, in Los Angeles. ERIC SCHAEFFER (Co-Director) is the Artistic Director/co-founder of Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. Directing credits include Kiss of the Spider Woman, Glory Days, The Witches of Eastwick, Saving Aimee, My Fair Lady, Nevermore, The Highest Yellow, One Red Flower, Allegro, 110 in the Shade, Hedwig and the Angry 6 Million Dollar Quartet

Inch, The Gospel According to Fishman, Grand Hotel, The Fix and Sondheim musicals Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George, Passion, Into the Woods, Company, Assassins, Sweeney Todd, Follies, and Pacific Overtures. BROADWAY: Glory Days, Putting It Together. NATIONAL TOURS: big, the musical; Barbie™ Live in Fairytopia™. OFF-BROADWAY: Sweet Adeline (City Center Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert), Under the Bridge. LONDON: Royal Drury Lane & Prince of Wales Theatres: The Witches of Eastwick. He has worked regionally at Mark Taper Forum, Ford’s Theatre, Marriott Theatre and the Kennedy Center where he served as the Artistic Director for the Sondheim Celebration. He was named 2002 Washingtonian of the Year, and has received five Helen Hayes Awards along with an additional 23 nominations for Outstanding Direction and six Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Musical. CHUCK MEAD (Musical Arranger) For the past ten years, singer/ songwriter/ guitarist Chuck Mead has stood at the forefront of the alternative country explosion as co-founder and leader of Country Music Association Award winning and three-time Grammy Award™ nominee BR549. The band has appeared on “Good Morning America,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” MTV, VH1 and the BBC. After releasing six critically acclaimed albums, two hit EPs and producing two successful tribute records (Dressed in Black: A Tribute to Johnny Cash and Lonesome On’ry and Mean: A Tribute to Waylon Jennings) Chuck is currently finishing his first solo recordings. Million Dollar Quartet is Chuck’s first foray into musical theater. ETHAN DEPPE (Musical Coordinator) Ethan Deppe is a composer, music director and instrumentalist based in Chicago. Composing credits include music written for Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Slant Theatre Project, and Theo Ubique as well as the short film The Meaning of Hemingway and 4 original musicals. Ethan also composes for 4 Elements Music, a New


biographies York City based composing house that produces music for television and film. A Jeff nominated music director and instrumentalist, Ethan’s work has been heard in theatres in and around Chicago including Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Drury Lane, Theatre at the Center, Next Theatre, Noble Fool, American Theater Company, Stage 773, Bailiwick, Apple Tree and Theo Ubique.

(Associate Artist) Lookingglass Theatre Company, Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, European Repertory Theatre, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble and Theatre Wit.

CARYN KLEIN (Costume Designer) has had the pleasure of being part of the costume community in Chicago for 25 years. Caryn’s designs have been seen on the stages of Apple Tree Theater, Oak Park Shakespeare Festival, Drury Lane ADAM KOCH (Scenic Designer) Recent Oakbrook and Martinique Theaters, regional credits include the Washington Victory Gardens and Candlelight Dinner D.C. world premiere of the new musical Playhouse. She has designed costumes Rooms (Metrostage and Geva Theatre for commercial productions of Bleacher Center, directed by Scott Schwartz), Kiss Bums and the premier of Transference. of the Spiderwoman (Signature Theatre, Caryn founded Costume Exchange Inc. directed by Eric Schaeffer), the 30th in 1994, a center for the creation and anniversary production of The Colored construction of high quality costumes Museum (Crossroads Theatre Company), for theater, dance and opera. In 2001 the New York Musical Theatre Festival’s Costume Exchange and Steppenwolf world premiere of Bonnie & Clyde (directed Theatre merged. Caryn is now the by Mark Waldrop), A Tuna Christmas costume director for Steppenwolf and (Human Race Theatre Company), Tick, Tick, manages the Steppenwolf Theatre Boom! (Metrostage), Little Shop of Horrors costume shop and is honored to build (Paper Mill Playhouse), Frozen, Brooklyn costumes for other Chicago companies Bo’, and The Sound of Music. Upcoming including Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, projects include: Godspell (Syracuse Stage), Court Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, See What I Wanna See (Signature Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance directed by Matthew Gardiner). Additional Co., Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago Opera credits include: Side Show, Hello Again, Trust, Theater and The Lyric Opera. The Little Prince, The Mousetrap, Death of a Salesman, The Secret G’, The Odd Couple, The KAI HARADA (Sound Designer) attended Music Man, Rumors and Woyzec (costumes). Yale University for two years before Awards include: United States Institute leaving to pursue a career in theatrical of Theater Technology 2007 Oren Parker sound design. As associate to sound Award for Excellence in Scene Design designer Tony Meola, he has worked on and the 2007 Kennedy Center Design such projects as A Christmas Carol; The Fellowship Member of United Scenic Sound of Music; Disney’s Der Glöckner von Artists U.S.A. 829. Notre Dame; Kiss Me, Kate; Sweet Smell of Success and Wicked. He is also the KEITH PARHAM (Lighting Designer) Sound Supervisor for Wicked worldwide. is a company member of TUTA Theatre, Regional and off-Broadway designs where recent credits include Uncle include Norman’s Ark, A Tale of Two Cities, Vanya, It’s Only the End of the World, Heaven Help Us!, Under the Bridge and Tracks, Huddersfield, Still Life in Color and Barbie™ Live! in Fairytopia™. Rules for Good Manners in the Modern World (Chicago and NY). Other credits BRIGITTE MUTRUX (Original Movement include Gas for Less at Goodman, 9 Parts Coordinator) grew up in Oslo, Norway, and of Desire and The Adding Machine at Next studied dance and theater there and at Theatre (Associate Artist) and Adding Cambridge. She ended up in Los Angeles Machine: A Musical off-Broadway. He where she studied theater, married Floyd has also designed numerous shows for and had two girls, Stella and Chaia. She companies including Writers’ Theatre, acted as movement coordinator for Northlight Theater, Timeline Theatre Million Dollar Quartet at the Seaside Million Dollar Quartet 7


biographies Music Theater in Florida and at the Village Theatre in Washington. She most recently choreographed Baby It’s You, the Shirelles bio in Los Angeles. She has designed a new MOBIL clothing concept, written a new film noir, Stella by Starlight, and is co-writing the book for a musical play entitled Someday My Prince Will Come. TELSEY + COMPANY (Casting) Broadway/Tours: SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark, Enron, Million Dollar Quartet, The Addams Family, Race, Memphis, Superior Donuts, Next to Normal, Rock of Ages, South Pacific, In the Heights, Wicked, Rent, Legally Blonde, The Color Purple, Peep Show and Bette Midler in Vegas; OffBroadway: Atlantic, MCC, Signature; Film: Sex and the City 2, Jonah Hex, Main Street, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, I Love You Phillip Morris, Rachel Getting Married, Sex and the City, Dan in Real Life, Then She Found Me, Across the Universe, Ira & Abby, Rent, Pieces of April, Camp, The Grey Zone, Finding Forrester, The Bone Collector; TV: Ugly Betty (pilot), Whoopi, HBO’s Undefeated, commercials. MAGGIE O’DONNELL (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be a part of the Chicago premiere of Million Dollar Quartet. She most recently stage managed the Chicago production of Altar Boyz. Other credits from Maggie’s 20 years in Chicago include James Lapine’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Bob Falls’ production of Frank’s Home at the Goodman Theatre starring Peter Weller, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Chicago Theatre with Donny Osmond, Sons of Don Juan with Robert Cuccioli at San Jose Repertory Theatre, A Streetcar Named Desire at Steppenwolf Theatre with Gary Sinise and Rehearsal for the Apocalypse at Remains Theatre with the late Del Close. Maggie also served as resident stage manager at Court Theatre and Northlight Theatre. Patia Bartlett (Stage Manager) is excited to be working on this project. Chicago credits include Lookingglass Theatre Company: Our Town, Hephaestus (‘05, ‘08), Lookingglass Alice (‘05, ‘07, ‘08), Black Diamond, The Wooden Breeks, Sita Ram, Hillbilly 8 Million Dollar Quartet

Antigone, The Secret in the Wings, Race, Hard Times (Philadelphia & Chicago), Summertime; Remy Bumppo Theatre Company: The Marriage of Figaro, The Voysey Inheritance, Brontë, The Philadelphia Story, The Real Thing, The Best Man, Power, Aren’t We All, A Delicate Balance, Some Americans Abroad, Top Girls. Also Creede Repertory Theatre: Ruthless! & Eleemosynary. MATT MARSDEN (Production Manager) is production manager for Eighty-Eight Entertainment, the company that brings Beethoven, As I Knew Him, Monsieur Chopin, and George Gershwin Alone to stages around the globe. Matt is also the production manager at the Royal George Theatre in Chicago where he has been part of the teams for HATS! The Musical; Forbidden Broadway: SVU; and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Matt has also worked for Olympic City at the 1996 Olympic Games; as a project manager for Becker Studios, Inc., and worked to open Chicago’s Drury Lane Theatre (at Water Tower Place) on their inaugural shows The Full Monty and Mornings at Seven. Thanks to all who make show biz fun, but especially, Nettie. ALAN WASSER ASSOCIATES (General Management), under the leadership of Alan Wasser and Allan Williams, oversee and supervise The Phantom of the Opera and Oleanna on Broadway, Phantom on tour and in Las Vegas, and A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls, and Walking With Dinosaurs on tour. Future Broadway productions include Spider-Man, The Miracle Worker, Million Dollar Quartet, Promises Promises, and The Nutty Professor. Wasser and Williams are also general managers of the annual Tony Awards® ceremony, broadcast nationally on the CBS television network. KAREN Berry (Co-General Manager) has managed many Chicago productions including Joe Mantegna’s Bleacher Bums, Clint Holme’s Comfortable Shoes, R. Buckminster Fuller, Alfred Uhry’s The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Frank McCourt’s The Irish...And How They Got That Way, Jackie Mason: Much Ado About Everything, Edgar Allan Poe...Once Upon A Midnight (starring John Astin), Driving Miss Daisy,


biographies Frankie and Johnnie in the Claire De Lune (starring Kathy Bates), I’m Not Rappaport, Shirley Valentine (starring Ellen Burstyn), Steel Magnolias and Pump Boys and Dinettes. She worked on Broadway as associate general manger for the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Carrie, the Tony-nominated Quilters and South Africa’s Market Theatre production of Asinamali. She was production associate for Peter Ustinov’s Beethoven’s 10th, Show Boat (with Donald O’Connor), Anthony Schaffer’s Whodunnit and A Woman of Independent Means.

produced the Grammy Awards™ for the past 17 years and The BET Awards for the past eight. At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Cossette produced 20 nights of shows in Centennial Olympic Park attended by more than 3 million people. In 1999 he produced a concert in Central Park with Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and The Dixie Chicks among others. He counts the grand re-opening of Radio City Music Hall among his numerous other credits. The winner of two NAACP Image Awards, Cossette has produced benefits for the House Ear Institute, The Concern Foundation for Cancer Research, MusicCares, The NARAS Marcie Roman (Company Manager) Foundation and the Society of Singers. He is thrilled to be working with the also helps to underwrite the E.J. Jackson amazingly talented group of theater Foundation to feed the homeless in South artists on Million Dollar Quartet. A graduate Central Los Angeles, helping to feed over of Northwestern University, she spent 15,000 on Thanksgiving. many years working in the trenches on film and television productions, including APOLLO THEATER is a lush venue with My Best Friend’s Wedding, Early Edition, a prestigious reputation, located in the Return to Me, and Green Street Hooligans. heart of Chicago’s fashionable Lincoln Love to her family and XO to her two little Park neighborhood. Built in 1978 and rock and rollers, Abby and Ben. twice renovated, the Apollo boasts a three-quarter thrust stage with 440 Relevant Theatricals (Producer) plush seats configured in just eleven is a commercial production company rows, allowing audiences a theatrical headed by Gigi Pritzker and Ted Rawlins, experience unparalleled in intimacy and dedicated to developing new work for accessibility. Acquired by Michael Leavitt the stage. Current projects include: F. and Fox Theatricals in 1991 and then by Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, which producer Rob Kolson and his company premiered at the Guthrie Theatre and is Rob Kolson Creative Productions in 1996, on course to open in London next year; the Apollo has maintained its stellar record Snapshots, a new musical with book of presenting high quality theatrical by David Stern and music and lyrics by entertainment. Recent successes have Stephen Schwartz; and a new musical included Always...Patsy Cline, Buddy...The version of Dennis The Menace. Relevant’s Buddy Holly Story, Robert Dubac’s longsister company, Odd Lot Entertainment, running one man show The Male Intellect: develops and produces outstanding new an oxymoron?, Neil Simon’s timeless film properties. Current productions classic The Odd Couple (Female Version) include the feature “Rabbit Hole,” based on starring Barbara Eden and Rita McKenzie, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, and Lindsay-Abaire, starring Nicole Kidman a three and a half year run of Menopause and Dianne Wiest, and directed by John the Musical. The Apollo is also home Cameron Mitchell. Relevant Theatricals is to the Emerald City Theatre Company, proud to be part of the producing team Chicago’s only theatre solely dedicated to that developed Million Dollar Quartet. family shows; as well as Baby Wants Candy, Chicago’s original improv musical. JOHN COSSETTE PRODUCTIONS (Producer) John Cossette’s 30+ year career in the entertainment and music industry has earned him a respected reputation as an innovative and creative producer of large scale events. John Cossette has Million Dollar Quartet 9


PROD U CTION STAFF General Management..........................................................................................Alan Wasser • Allan Williams Karen Berry Assistant General Manager..........................................................................................................Dawn Kusinski Company Manager......................................................................................................................... Marcie Roman Production Manager....................................................................................................................... Matt Marsden Production Stage Manager.................................................................................................Maggie O’Donnell* Stage Manager.................................................................................................................................. Patia Bartlett* Music Coordinator.............................................................................................................................Ethan Deppe Assistant Lighting Designer.............................................................................................................Seth Reinick Assistant Sound Designer........................................................................................................... Anthony Jones Props Mistress.................................................................................................................................. Becky Marshall Deck Chief.............................................................................................................................................. Paul Kastner Wardrobe Supervisor............................................................................................................. Melissa Tulchinsky Master Electrician................................................................................................................. Margaret Hartmann Light Board Operator............................................................................................................................... CC Gould Sound Board Operator............................................................................................................................Joe Court National Press Representative.........................................................................................Adrian Bryan-Brown Advertising and Marketing Services........................................................................................Allied Live, LLC Laura Matalon, Suzanne Santos, Cindy Raymond, Vanessa Jones, Erik Meath Public Relations............................................................................................Cathy Taylor Public Relations, Inc. 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SpotCo Sara Fitzpatrick, Matt Wilstein, Stephen Santore Casting................................................................................................................................Claire Simon, CSA Additional 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, Carrie Rosson CSA, Justin Huff CSA, Bess Fifer CSA, Patrick Goodwin CSA, Abbie Brady-Dalton Legal Counsel........................................................................Levine, Plotkin, and Menin LLP/Loren Plotkin Loeb & Loeb LLP/Doug Mirell Accounting.....................................................................Rosenberg, Neuwirth, and Kuchner/Chris Cacace Insurance.............................................................................................. 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2540 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 BOX OFFICE 773-935-6100 www.apollochicago.com The Apollo Theater is professionally managed by Rob Kolson Creative Productions, Inc. President, RKCP............................................................................................................. Rob Kolson General Manager.............................................................................................................Tara Attea Assistant General Manager..............................................................................Katie Schweiger Technical Director......................................................................................................Tom Mackey Box Office Supervisors............................................................... Kristen Wenke, Octavio Lara Financial Operations..........................................................................................James P. Kourlas Group Sales........................................................................................................ Group Theater Tix Ticketing.......................................................................................................................Ticketmaster Box Office Attendants Jennifer Baird, Eric Cormack, Caitlin Hansen, Mark Hanner, Jen Kizer, Octavio Lara, Brandon Lowe, Jake Lindquist, Mark Mason, Summer Sparacin, Kristen Wenke Front of House Staff Brian Barasch, Eric Cormack, Sherri Crumley, Molly Gray, Caitlin Hansen, Jake Lindquist, Brandon Lowe, Mark Mason, Summer Sparacin, Jeromy Spraker, Kristen Wenke, Dylan Weidlich Bar/Concessions Sherri Crumley, Sue Kwan, Brandon Lowe, John Obligato, Summer Sparacin For more information on the Apollo Theater and Apollo Studio, including rental inquiries for special events, please visit our website at www.apollochicago.com or email info@apollochicago.com million dollar quartet music copyrights “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.

“Matchbox” (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.

“Who Do You Love?” (Ellas McDaniel) © ARC MUSIC CORP. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USED BY PERMISSION. Million Dollar Quartet 11


million dollar quartet music copyrights “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.

“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.

“Fever” (John Davenport, Eddie Cooley) © 1955 Bug Music-Trio Company (BMI)/Fort Knox Music, Inc. (BMI)/ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USED BY PERMISSION

“I Hear You Knocking” (Dave Bartholomew, Pearl King) © EMI Unart Catalog Inc. 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 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.

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“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” Written by 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.

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