“Million Dollar Quartet,” staged July 14-30 at Fort Peck Theatre, tells the riveting story of four iconic musicians and a once-in-a-lifetime recording session.
On Dec. 4, 1956, four of the biggest names in music gathered an impromptu jam session at Sun Record Studios in Memphis. That amazing evening is re-created in the worldwide phenomenon: “Million Dollar Quartet.”
Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins come to life onstage and raise the roof in this electrifying theatrical performance.
Returning after Fort Peck performances in “Ring of Fire,” “The Buddy Holly Story” and “Always … Patsy Cline,” the cast features musician-actors Ross Bridgeman (as Lewis), Tyson Gerhardt (as Perkins), John Knispel (as Elvis) and newcomer Nathan Snow (as Cash), along with Evan Goldhahn on drums and Mackenzie Leighton on bass. Also featured are Chae Clearwood as Dyanne and Andy Meyers as studio producer Sam Phillips.
“Million Dollar Quartet” is directed by California native and University of Montana masters candidate Joel Shura, with scenic design by Michaela Lynne Stein, whose was assistant scenic designer for “Frozen” in Disneyland and last season’s “Mary Poppins” at Fort Peck.
The summer season continues with: “Grease,” Aug. 4-20; and “Souvenir,” Aug. 25-Sept. 4. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays.
The historic Fort Peck Theatre, built in 1934 as an amenity for the swarm of workers building Fort Peck Dam, has been lovingly restored by the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. In the 1970s, the stage was extended to accommodate the needs of live productions.
Working with a logical and careful plan for restoration and preservation, the building, now 83 years old, is returning to its original grandeur.
For tickets and more information visit the new online box office at fortpecktheatre.org.