MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

March 3, 2018
7:30 pm
Frauenthal Theater

Tickets: $50, $45, $40, $35

The Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet, inspired by the electrifying true story, rocks the Frauenthal stage on March 3, 2018

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On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought together four young musicians – Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley. Sam Phillips, the undisputed “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” who was responsible for launching the careers of each of these icons, gathered the four legendary singer/songwriters at the Sun Records studio in Memphis for the first and only time. The result? One of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in history.

Million Dollar Quartet brings that unbelievable musical moment to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal, humor, celebration, unforgettable performances of such timeless and enduring hits as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “I Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more.

The four music icons of Million Dollar Quartet are portrayed by Daniel Durston as Elvis Presley, Taylor Gray as Jerry Lee Lewis, Austin Hohnke as Carl Perkins, and Peter Oyloe as Johnny Cash. Luke Darnellplays Sam Philips. The cast also features Tiffan Borelli as Dyanne, Bill Morey as Brother Jay (Jay Perkins), and Jon Rossi as Fluke.

The show is directed by Susanne Boulle, and features a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, with original concept and direction by Floyd Mutrux. The creative team includes Hana Lee Goff (Scenic Design), Lee Alexander Martin (Costume Design), Andrew Morehouse (Lighting Design), Tony Angelini(Sound Design), and Jon Rossi (Musical Direction).

Million Dollar Quartet won a Tony® Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical and received two Tony® nominations, one for Best Musical and one for Best Book of a Musical (Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux). The show received an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Musical Revue, and three Drama League nominations including Distinguished Production of a Musical and Distinguished Performance.

Million Dollar Quartet is produced by Team Gershwin, in association with the Barter Theatre. General management is provided by Dhyana Colony/Colony Creative Group.

For more information, please visit the Million Dollar Quartet website at www.MillionDollarQuartet.net.

Cast Biographies

 Tiffan Borelli (Dyanne) NYC THEATRE: Two By Two, Kiss Me Kate, Emma: The Musical, Urban Momfare. TOURS: Patti Page in Flipside The Patti Page Story and Elsa Schraeder in The Sound of Music Asia Tour. Regional: Theatre By The Sea (Marian Paroo/The Music Man), Maine State Music Theatre (Estelle Genovese/The Full Monty), Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma (Marty/Grease), Mt. Gretna Theatre (Guinevere/Camelot). Proud Oklahoma City University Alum, founding member of Core Artist Ensemble Theatre Company, and member of Actor ’s Equity Association. TV: Law & Order SVU; Instagram: @Tborelli; Twitter: @TiffanBorelli. www.TiffanBorelli.com Always for Florence, family, & URK.

Luke Darnell (Sam Phillips) A fourth-generation performer, Luke has been fortunate to perform with his mother, father, step-father, brother, and two aunts. His family legacy includes vaudeville, Broadway and film/TV. He played Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash in the Las Vegas production of MDQ. NYC/Off-Broadway: Nelson Olmsted in the premiere of The Goree All- Girl String Band, Christian in Cyrano de Bergerac. Regional favorites: Million Dollar Quartet (Phillips, Perkins), Oliver! (Sykes), The Understudy (Jake), Othello (Roderigo), The Buddy Holly Story (Norm Petty, Tommy). Film/TV: GothamGhost Whisperer, General Hospital, Alien Agent, Momsterswww.LukeDarnell.com

Daniel Durston (Elvis Presley) is excited to be making his acting debut in Million Dollar Quartet! Professional musician credits include: Memphis the Musical (national tour), Flashdance: The Musical (national tour), For The Record: The Brat Pack (Norwegian Cruise Line), For The Record: Scorsese (Regional), Vans Warped Tour (2016). “Tonight’s performance is dedicated to my mom, dad and four brothers. It’s because of you I am living this dream!” For updates and original music please visit www.danieldurston.com and follow @DowntownDurston.

Taylor Gray (Jerry Lee Lewis) is thrilled to return to Sun Records on the road again as the Killer! He’s also performed the role at the Geva Theatre Center (directed by Hunter Foster), the Actors Theatre of Indiana (Music Directorial debut), and the last National Tour. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre at the University at Buffalo in New York in 2014. Favorite credits at UB include Doody (Grease), Riff Raff (Rocky Horror), and Jean Valjean (Les Miz). In his downtime, he is an avid music arranger of a cappella covers and custom-made karaoke tracks. All the love goes to his family, friends, and the entire cast! www.taylorigray.wix.com/2016 TIG Music-Facebook

Austin Hohnke (Carl Perkins) is delighted to be making his Barter Theatre debut. This marks his second time channeling the Father of Rockabilly after performing the role at New Stage Theatre in Jackson, Mississippi. Other favorite credits include Ring of Fire (Seven Angels Theatre), Legally Blonde (Ogunquit Playhouse), Much Ado About Nothing, and The 39 Steps (Merely Players). Austin has co-composed commercial jingles for Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, and Publix. He normally resides in Brooklyn where he holds an advanced wine certificate from the WSET and spends his evenings practicing bluegrass mandolin. NYU/Tisch/CAP21 austinjhohnke.com

Bill Morey (Brother Jay) is a high energy upright bassist who has performed on multiple national tours and international engagements. Although Bill has performed music in a diverse range of genres including Jazz, Classical, Blues, & Country, his absolute favorite style is vintage 1950s Rock and Roll. Recently, he finished touring the US with the off-Broadway hit musical, BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story, starring as the Crickets’ bassist, Joe B. Maudlin. Before that, he was on tour with the 20th Anniversary National Tour of Smokey Joe’s Cafe, starring the Coasters. He performs in a few tribute acts, Rock and Roll bands, and entertainment companies throughout the country. As a bass player, Bill has managed to develop an organic slap bass style, as well as demonstrating some wild and crazy bass antics, that tips the hat to some of his major influences, such as Bill Black (Elvis Presley’s bassist), Marshall Lytle (Bill Haley and the Comets’ bassist), and Willie Dixon (Chess Records). For more information on upcoming shows and projects, please visit BillMoreyBass.com.

Peter Oyloe (Johnny Cash) Recent credits include: Hank Williams in Hank Williams: Lost Highway (Clarence Brown Theatre), Paul Clayton in Search: Paul Clayton (Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse and Off Broadway), Juno (Timeline Theatre), Giorgio in Passion (Theo Ubique – Jeff Award Best Musical), See What I Wanna See (Bailiwick/Steppenwolf), as well as sold out runs as Hank Williams in Hank Williams: Lost Highway at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (LCT Award Best Lead Actor, Musical) and at the Merry Go Round Playhouse in central New York with George Wendt. Other acting credits include Hank Williams in Hank Williams: Lost Highway (Filament Theatre Ensemble – Jeff Award Best Lead Actor, Musical); REVERB (Redtwist); Orpheus in Eurydice (Filament Theatre Ensemble); Elling (Redtwist Theatre, Jeff Award Nom., Best Actor); Michael in The Pillowman (Jeff Award, Best Supporting Actor), Alan Strang in Equus (Jeff Award, Best Actor), The Phantom in Phantom (Porchlight Musical Theatre); Cherry Smoke (The Side Project); Baal (TUTA) Marius in Les Miserables. Film work includes: In Love With A Nun (Cannes Selection), NBC’s Chicago PD and others. Peter is an acclaimed composer and folk musician, having composed the scores to the film In Love With A Nun, and the plays Equus (Jeff Nom. – Best Original Music) and Eurydice. His new EP entitled “When the Wide World Roars” is available at www.peteroyloe.com.

Jon Rossi (Fluke/Music Director) is excited to be returning to Sun Records, music directing and playing the role of Fluke, the drummer, in this production of MDQ! Previous national tours include Million Dollar Quartet (2015-2016) and Smokey Joe’s Café (2014-2015). National acts include The Coasters and The Rave-Ons. When not on tour, Jon is often heard playing at regional theatres across the country, doing studio work, or looking at cute pictures of sea turtles and red pandas. Jon proudly endorses Saluda Cymbals. For more information, check out www.rossidrums.com. #dinosaurs

Trevor Dorner (u/s Jerry Lee Lewis) is thrilled to be joining the company of Million Dollar Quartet! After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from Ohio Northern University in Ada, he moved to New York City where he works as a rehearsal pianist, accompanist, and vocal coach when he’s not onstage. Some favorite theater credits include The Full Monty at the Engeman Theatre, Sister Act at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, and numerous other productions such as Company, Nine, Reefer Madness, and Measure for Measure. Trevor would like to thank his friends and family for their constant support and love. Enjoy the show and thank you for supporting live theatre! www.trevordorner.com

Angie Fisher (u/s Dyanne) was born and raised in Southern Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale. She has been   with Barter Theatre for over two years now as a Barter Player. Previous roles here include Meg in A Wrinkle in a Time, Billy in Frosty: The Musical, ensemble in Mamma Mia!, Abetta in last year’s mini-production of An Impossible Combination, and Lulu/Irene in Footloose. Angie is so very pumped to be understudying for the role of Dyanne for this production of Million Dollar Quartet – she says it’s an amazing opportunity to get to work with these amazing musicians and actors to bring such a rockin’ part of history back to life – she can’t wait to cut a rug with everyone while the show is here and to have the adventure of a lifetime out on the road with Million Dollar Quartet!

Andy Ingalls (u/s Sam Phillips) is delighted to join the Barter and Million Dollar Quartet communities with this production! Some recent favorite roles: Lord Aster in the National Tour of Peter and the Starcatcher, Centuri in Right You Are! (Cherry Lane), Felix in The Game’s Afoot! (Gretna), Anton Chekhov in Love, Anton (Griffin Theatre), Guido Grimaldi in The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit (The Workshop Theatre), and Aguecheek in Twelfth Night (Glass Eye), as well as work with Clubbed Thumb, The Director’s Company, Naked Angels, Primary Stages, and the Dorset Theatre Festival.

Creative Team Biography’s

Colin Escott (Co-Author) Born in England, Colin Escott lives near Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of Good Rockin’ Tonight: Sun Records and The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll, the first in-depth account of the Sun Records story. His book Hank Williams – The Biography has been adapted into the movie I Saw the Light, starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen. His multi-CD box set, The Complete Hank Williams, won a Grammy®, and another of his productions, B.B. King – King of the Blues, was nominated for a Grammy®. Million Dollar Quartet received three Tony® nominations, including Best Book and Best Musical. Escott was part of the writing/producing team adapting the show for CMT/Viacom. The first season aired in 2016.

Floyd Mutrux (Original Concept, Director, and Co-Author) apprenticed at the Alley Theatre in Houston and worked at Second City in Chicago; he attended Columbia University. He has conceived, written, directed, or produced 50 films, including Dusty and Sweets McGeeFreebie and the BeanAloha, Bobby and RoseThe Hollywood KnightsAmerican Hot WaxDick TracyAmerican MeBlood In, Blood OutThere Goes My Baby; and Mulholland Falls. With his wife Birgitte, he is preparing a new film Moon Over Memphis (a rock-and-roll Field of Dreams). He also cowrote the musical Baby It’s You! with Colin Escott and helped adapt Sun Records, the new television series based on Million Dollar QuartetMillion Dollar Quartet received three Tony Award nominations in 2010, including Best Book and Best Musical.

Susanne Boulle (Director) Susanne Boulle’s directing career began at Barter Theatre, many moons ago. Select Barter credits: Civil War Voices, Blackbird, The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead, The Cat in the Hat, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, Travels With My Aunt, Pow’r In The Blood, The Baby Dance, Of Mice and Men, The Tempest, Almost Like Being In Love, Miracles. Founding member of Barter’s First Light Co. In NYC: The Chaos Trade (by T. Cat Ford) at The Tank; The Choking Game (Kaitlin Colombo) at IRT Theatre; Proof, Dog Sees God for The Red Door Theatre; The Private Life of Emily Dickinson for American Int’l Theatre; Strange KindnessAffair Play for the Atlantic Theatre/New Works; The Marriage of Bette and Boo for NYU/453 Studio; The Death of ChattertonThe Dad Play for the Actor’s Studio. Artistic Associate at Barter Theatre, 1994-98. Member: Actor’s Studio Playwright and Director’s Unit, Teaching Artist at TFANA, Development of New Plays at Abingdon Theatre, The Actor’s Studio, Atlantic/ NYU. Bachelor of Fine Arts, Western Carolina University.

Hana Lee Goff (Set Designer) is in her third year as one of the resident scenic designers at Barter Theatre and worked as the assistant scenic artist for almost two years before moving into her current position. She is thrilled to see her designs take form onstage and is eager to continue to grow and learn from the amazing talent here at Barter Theatre. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in Norman with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with an emphasis in Scenic Design. Some of her favorite shows she has worked on in the past few years include: Winter Wheat, Over The River and Through the Woods, Mary’s Wedding, and Uncanny Valley.

 Lee Alexander Martin (Costume Designer) is excited to be designing costumes at Barter Theatre this season. Recently Lee has designed costumes for Footloose, Love Sex and The IRS, The Starving, Hollywood Confidential, Driving Miss Daisy, The Understudy, The Doyle and Debbie Show, 1984, Winter Wheat, Peter James’ The Perfect Murder, Over the River and Through the Woods, and Uncanny Valley, as well as co-designing costumes for Peter and The Star Catcher and Something Wicked This Way Comes beside Amanda Aldridge. Lee also designed costumes for The Barter Players’ productions of Frosty in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Lee has previously worked for The Virginia Shakespeare Festival in Williamsburg, Virginia; The Lost Colony, the nation’s longest-running symphonic drama performed on North Carolina’s Outer Banks; and Shakespeare Theatre New Jersey in Madison. In 2013, Lee attained his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Andrew Morehouse (Lighting Designer) is proud to have served Barter for seven years as resident lighting designer and master electrician. Andrew received a Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from Wayne State University’s Hilberry Theatre in Detroit, Michigan. He has worked as Technical Director for The Paramount Center for The Arts in Bristol, Tennessee, and as Assistant Technical Director at Southeast Missouri State University. He was also a crew captain and pyrotechnician for Dubai’s 2014, Guinness World Record-winning, New Year’s Eve fireworks display. Andrew has been a guest designer around the country and has designed more than 50 productions for Barter, including: The 39 Steps, Avenue Q, Thicker Than Water, Mamma Mia!, Chicago, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Big Fish. Many thanks to his new wife for all she does to support him.

Tony Angelini (Sound Designer) has designed with some of the best companies in the United States, including: The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, San Diego Repertory, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Florida Studio Theatre. In New York, he has worked with Hip Pocket Productions, Turtle Shell Productions, O Productions, and The Manhattan Arts Institute. Tony is also the resident sound designer for the Andrew Keegan Theatre Company, has contributed articles to Pro-Audio Review magazine, and has two albums available on iTunes. He is a member of The Dramatist Guild and USA Local 829.

 Jon Rossi (Music Director/Fluke) is excited to be returning to Sun Records, music directing and playing the role of Fluke, the drummer, in this production of MDQ! Previous national tours include Million Dollar Quartet (2015-2016) and Smokey Joe’s Café (2014-2015). National acts include The Coasters and The Rave-Ons. When not on tour, Jon is often heard playing at regional theatres across the country, doing studio work, or looking at cute pictures of sea turtles and red pandas. Jon proudly endorses Saluda Cymbals. For more information, check out www.rossidrums.com. #dinosaurs

Gershwin Entertainment (Producer) is a diversified entertainment production and marketing agency founded by industry veteran Todd Gershwin.  Gershwin Entertainment specializes in live events, theatrical touring, and sports marketing. Gershwin has developed and produced numerous successful theatrical productions, concerts and tours for various iconic brands.  Current North American touring projects include A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage, Million Dollar Quartet, PBS Kids Live, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer the Musical, American Rhapsody, and Born For This. Gershwin was responsible for developing the University of Michigan’s Gershwin Initiative. Corporate and sports marketing clients have included Pepsi, Reebok, Oracle, Nike, Geico, TIAA-CREF, the Atlantic Hockey Conference, ECAC Hockey, Hockey East and Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment.

Event Properties

Event Date 03-03-2018 7:30 pm
Event End Date 03-03-2018 9:30 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price Tickets: $50, $45, $40, $35
Location
Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts
425 W Western Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440, USA
Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts
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