For the final production in its 39th season of spectacular live entertainment, Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse has saved perhaps its best for last: the Tony Award-winning Broadway smash MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, running through November 5. A celebration of four of history’s most legendary recording artists – Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins – this long-requested title is finally making its area debut at the Rock Island dinner theatre, and will be brought to life by a marvelous cast of professional talents.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET will be performed at Circa ’21 on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturdays evenings at 7:45 p.m., Sundays at 5:45 p.m., and Wednesday matinées at 1:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $50.16 for the evening dinner-and-show productions and $44.41 for the plated-lunch matinées.
Reservations are available through the Circa ’21 ticket office. For reservations, contact the theatre at 1828 Third Avenue, Rock Island or by calling (309)786-7733 extension 2. Online reservations may also be made by visiting Circa ’21.com and clicking on “order tickets now.”
One of this decade’s biggest Broadway hits, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever, and this Tony-winning treat allows you to be a fly on the wall of fame for one unforgettable night.
Directed by Circa ’21 veteran Curt Wollan, whose other productions for the theatre include Church Basement Ladies, Southern Crossroads, and The Lovely Liebowitz Sisters, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET boasts a thrilling score that includes such timeless rock, soul, and blues hits as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog,” and many more. The show’s cast, meanwhile, features five gifted professionals making their Circa ’21 debuts, along with three whose talents will likely be familiar to frequent Circa ’21 patrons.
The central quartet itself is composed entirely of first-time Circa ’21 performers. Morgan McDowell, who plays Elvis, previously portrayed his MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET role at Theatre Under the Stars and Amana’s Old Creamery Theatre, and recently received his B.A. from Shenandoah Conservatory. Stephen Horst, the show’s Johnny Cash, boasts professional credits in such classical productions as Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Tartuffe. Jerry Lee Lewis portrayer Brandon Fillette lists credits ranging from the title role in Pippin to Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit to Cain in Children of Eden. And Chris Wren, who plays Carl Perkins, has been seen in such musicals as Big River, the Full Monty, and The Sound of Music, and also serves as MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET’s music director.
Joining this terrific foursome is fellow Circa ’21 newcomer Perry Orfanella, who has appeared in such musicals as Smoke on the Mountain and Hank Williams: Lost Highway, along with a trio of returnees to the venue: Paige Salter, from Phantom, A Wonderful Life, and Route 66; Tristan Tapscott, of Shear Madness, Boeing-Boeing, and Are We There Yet?; and Tom Walljasper, from Grease, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Peter Pan.
The entire Circa ’21 team is delighted to be presenting this Broadway sensation to area audiences for the first time, and urges ticket-buyers to make their reservations quickly for will surely be an enormous crowd-pleaser.