Inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis And Carl Perkins
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
July 10 - 21, 2018
Book: Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux
Million Dollar Quartet, the Tony award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the electrifying true story of 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. After worldwide success in West End, Las Vegas, Canada, and Broadway, Million Dollar Quartet comes to the Cape Playhouse!
Age recommendation: Eight and up. (There is no official rating system for live theatre. We invite you to use your own judgment.)
Run Time: 1 hours and 50 minutes including one intermission.
Million Dollar Quartet will be directed by Hunter Foster, who starred in the original Broadway production.
Made possible with generous support by:
JAMES BARRY (Carl Perkins/Music Director) is thrilled to make his Cape Playhouse debut. No stranger to blue suede shoes, he played Carl Perkins for two years of the first national tour, and has performed the role from Maine to Missouri in numerous regional productions since. Other credits include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (The Public/Broadway); These Paper Bullets (Yale Rep/The Geffen/The Atlantic); and several productions over the years with the Chester Theatre Company and the Berkshire Theatre Group where he will appear in The Aliens by Annie Baker and Naked by Pirandello respectively later this season. His album of original rock music Embrace Yourself Tonight is available on Spotify and iTunes and on pink vinyl LP through Etsy. Love to T & S.
ZACH COSSMAN (Fluke) Off-Broadway: Revolution in the Elbow… (Mr. Elbow) [World Premiere], Blue Man Group (Blue Man), Regional: Striking 12 (Drums and Everyone Else) [TUTS: Underground], Million Dollar Quartet (Fluke) [Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Fulton Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre, Casa Mañana], BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story (Jerry Allison) [Bucks County Playhouse, Kimmel Center, NC Theatre, Casa Mañana], Band Geeks (Jake) [Regional & West Coast Premieres], Guys and Dolls (Harry the Horse), Anything Goes (Evelyn Oakleigh), 9 to 5 (Dwayne). Thanks to AG, MC, RC, CS. www.zachcossman.com
BRANDYN DAY (Jerry Lee Lewis)
JASON LOUGHLIN (Sam Phillips) is thrilled to be making his Cape Playhouse debut with MDQ. A North Carolina native, Jason has worked on Broadway in Machinal and The Audience as well as the first national tour of War Horse. He has worked regionally in North Carolina, Maine, New York, New Jersey, California, Georgia, Connecticut and Vermont. This performance is dedicated to Terry and Sandra Loughlin.
SKY SEALS (Johnny Cash) has performed the role of Johnny Cash at Cincinnati Repertory Theater; the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Center Repertory Company in Walnut Creek; Geva Theatre in Rochester; Segal Centre for Performing Arts in Montreal; Westchester Broadway Theatre, The Actor’s Playhouse in Coral Gables, and Seven Angels Theatre in Connecticut. He was previously seen as George Berger in the Chicago re-imagining of Hair (American Theater Company, directed by P.J. Papparelli and J.R. Sullivan) and as Dylan in the off-Broadway musical Sessions (Algonquin Theatre). Sky played Sky Red Bow in The Powwow Highway (with Handmade Films and executive producer George Harrison). Sky is the co-founder of Wide Eyed Productions, a New York-based non-profit theatre collective, where he has performed in Medea; Much Ado About Nothing; Henry VI, Part 3 and others. Other favorite musical roles include Pippin in Pippin, Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fagin in Oliver! and Ensemble. Sky is the composer of the youth musicals Jack and the Soy Beanstalk (published by Samuel French) and Goldilocks and the Three Polar Bears. Dedicated to David Seals and Liz White.
BLIGH VOTH (Dyanne) is excited to make her Cape Playhouse debut with Million Dollar Quartet! She was most recently seen off-Broadway in the new musical Loveless, Texas (The Sheen Center) and in the New York Musical Theatre Festival’s musical adaptation of The Time Machine. Other New York theatre credits include the Atlantic Theater Company, Primary Stages and Boomerang Theatre Company. Regionally, Bligh has performed at Paper Mill Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse (Million Dollar Quartet), Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC (A Christmas Carol, Parade and Civil War), The Studio Theater (Jerry Springer: The Opera and Reefer Madness), Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma (Big River), Totem Pole Playhouse (Steel Magnolias), Signature Theatre, Washington Stage Guild and more. Bligh wrote the book for a new Cole Porter revue that debuted at Arena Stage in Washington DC. Her solo show, “No Really, I’m Not Crazy” will play Signature Theater this August. She loves these boys. Visit www.blighvoth.com. @blighadeline
SAM WEBER (Jay Perkins) Sam Weber is excited to be bouncing into the Cape to play another MDQ. He’s been playing this type of music for the past decade all around the country and loves sharing it with his two year old daughter as well. National Tours: Buddy Holly Story (Joe B.), Regional Favs: Pump Boys (Eddie, Paper Mill), Buddy (Joe B., MUNY, Gateway, MSMT, Casa Manana, Ogunquit), MDQ (Brother Jay, Ogunquit, Gateway, Riverside, Paper Mill, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park) Thanks to Hunter and Jen for keeping the band together! And love to my wife and daughter, who are the reason it all comes from the heart!
ARI MCKAY WILFORD (Elvis Presley) is super excited to be making his Cape Playhouse debut in MDQ! Broadway: Once. Regional: Signature Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Maine State Music Theatre. TV/Film: “Gotham”, “Vinyl”, Solitary. Love to mom and dad. Thanks to Hunter, Greg, the cast, and crew. Rock and roll! @arimckay
Hunter Foster (Director) – Hunter has appeared on Broadway in The Bridges of Madison County, Hands on a Hardbody, Million Dollar Quartet, The Producers, Little Shop of Horrors (Tony nomination), Urinetown, Les Miserables, Footloose, Grease and King David. He is an Artistic Associate at the Bucks County Playhouse where he has directed, Company, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Buddy Holly Story, National Pastime, The Rocky Horror Show (2013, 2014 and 2016), Summer of ’42, and It’s a Wonderful Life. Other directing credits include: Cabaret, My Fair Lady (Cape Playhouse), Grease (North Carolina Theatre), Spamalot (Casa Manana) and has directed productions of Million Dollar Quartet for the Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse and Westchester Broadway Theatre. As a book writer he wrote the book to the musical, Jasper in Deadland, which played at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle in Spring 2015 following its world premiere at Prospect Theater Company in NYC. Hunter also wrote the book to the Off-Broadway musical, Summer of ’42 which opened at the Variety Arts Theatre in New York City and was nominated for an Outer Critic Award for ‘Best New Off-Broadway Musical.’ Other recent book writing credits include The Circus in Winter (Goodspeed Musicals), Clyde and Bonnie: A Folktale (New York Musical Theatre Festival, Aurora Theatre), The Hollow (Signature Theatre) and Blue Ridge Sky. Hunter is a graduate of the University of Michigan (BFA in Musical Theatre).
James Barry (Music Director) is excited to make his Cape Playhouse debut with this wonderful group of artists, many of whom are old friends. No stranger to Sun Records, James played Carl Perkins for two years on the national tour of Million Dollar Quartet and has since reprised the role several times regionally from Arrow Rock, Missouri to Ogunquit, Maine. He was honored by the Berkshire Critics Association for the MDQ he directed at The Berkshire Theatre Group with the Best Director of a Musical award for the 2017 season. Other favorite stage credits include These Paper Bullets (Yale Rep, The Geffen, & The Atlantic) and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (The Public, Broadway). TV: Difficult People. His album of original rock music, Embrace Yourself Tonight, is available on Spotify, iTunes, and on hot pink vinyl through Etsy. For Tara & Sam.
Josh Smith (Scenic Designer) – Recent projects include; Million Dollar Quartet (Center Rep), The Power Of Emotion (Abrons Arts Center, The Public Theatre: UTR), Bear Slayer (Ars Nova), Boy at the Edge of Everything (Lincoln Center), How To Get Into Buildings (New Georges), Clara Not Clara (Knockdown Center), …Ichabod Crane (Park Avenue Armory), Feeling (New Ohio Theatre), Lady Han, Party in the USA (Incubator), www.josh-smith.com
Gail Baldoni (Costume Designer) – 20 shows at The Cape Playhouse. Last season: The Foreigner, Spelling Bee and Gypsy. The New York Philharmonic’s My Fair Lady, New York City Opera’s Wonderful Town, NBC’s Another World (Emmy Nominated) and the film Mermaids, starring Cher are favorite projects. 25 years designing for Papermill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera, The Ahmanson Theater, North Shore Music Theatre, The Boston Ballet, The Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and 13 Off-Broadway Shows. Currently, on tour with Barry Manilow.
Kirk Bookman (Lighting Designer) – Broadway: The Sunshine Boys (Jack Klugman and Tony Randall), The Gin Game (Julie Harris and Charles Durning), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Right You Are. For the Irish Repertory Company in New York, his presentations include Bedbound, Playboy of the Western World, Eclipsed, The Importance of Being Earnest and Major Barbara. Kirk Bookman has designed the lighting for numerous New York productions, including Charles Busch’s The Tribute Artist, The Divine Sister. Off–Broadway: What Then at the Ohio Theater, The Cook at Intar Theatre 53, Recent Tragic Events at Playwrights Horizons (starring Heather Graham). Other New York productions include Mondo Drama, Havana is Waiting, Force Continuum (Atlantic Theater Company), My One Good Nerve (starring Ruby Dee), The Green Heart at Manhattan Theatre Club, The Shawl, Rude Entertainment, The Book of Liz (David and Amy Sedaris), Les MIZrahi (Isaac Mizrahi), Hope is the Thing with Feathers, As Thousands Cheer and June Moon. Regionally, Mr. Bookman has designed at such notable theaters as Goodspeed Opera House, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Pittsburgh Public theater, Repertory Theatre of St Louis. Ballet credits include the English National Ballet, Santiago Ballet, the Cincinnati Ballet, Kansas City Ballet and Hungarian National Ballet. Projects with the San Francisco Symphony include The Thomashefskys, Of Thee I Sing, Oedipus Rex, The Nightingale and A Flowering Tree directed by Peter Sellars. Upcoming: American Dance Machine at the Joyce Theater, Pioneer Theater Company (in Salt Lake City) and 3 productions with Utah Shakespeare Festival.
Joseph Palermo (Sound Designer) is a Chicago based Sound Designer and Digital Technologist who is quite pleased to be here for your listening pleasure. He’s been recognized at the Cannes Film Festival, the Chicago Merrit Awards and by the University of Glasgow for excellence in Design Concepts. Besides his work at The Cape Playhouse he’s also working on his next big project, a production of The Polar Express in collaboration with Amtrak and Warner Brothers, on an actual running train. His most recent creative obsessions include recording things in an underwater environment, and electronically amplifying the sounds of the body. Please silence your cell phone and enjoy the show.