(Sarasota, FL) — Go inside the most famed jam session in recording history with Florida Studio Theatre’s first show of the 2016-17 Winter Mainstage Season, Million Dollar Quartet. The exhilarating BROADWAY HIT, written by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux runs from November 9 through January 1 in the Gompertz Theatre. Subscriptions for all four Winter Mainstage shows can be purchased for as little as $59 by phone at (941) 366-9000 or by visiting us online at www.floridastudiotheatre.org.
The smash-hit musical, Million Dollar Quartet, tells the story of legendary music icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins coming together for one unforgettable night. Get ready to rock along with the TONY AWARD-WINNING musical that captures the most seminal moment in rock and roll history.
Critics have raved over this production. The New York Times says this production has “Explosive vitality.” The Washington Post calls it, “An extraordinary jam session.” Broadway World calls it, “Outstanding.”
Producing Artistic Director, Richard Hopkins, speaks to the excitement of bringing some of music’s biggest icons to the Gompertz stage stating, “Million Dollar Quartet gives audiences a unique behind –the-scenes look at these legendary musicians – before they were icons. It’s an intimate, imagined look at what they really thought of each other in the privacy of the recording studio.”
This electrifying production gives a variety of music fans something to rock out to. Whether it’s the hip rocking riffs of Elvis, the deep, somber tones of Johnny Cash, the jumping and jolting Jerry Lee Lewis, or the rousing rockabilly rhythm of Carl Perkins, there’s a sound for everyone. According to Hopkins, “Million Dollar Quartet carries a broad appeal for audiences because each of these legendary icons have their own fan clubs. It’s interesting that this show brings them all together into one theatre to experience the myth and magic of what it might have truly been like that night in Sun Studios on
December 4, 1959.“
Set in the “Home of the Blues” and “Birthplace of Rock and Roll,” Memphis, Tennessee, Million Dollar Quartet takes audiences back to the roots of music – and to the beginning careers of four artists who would later make music history. The BROADWAY HIT, written by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux runs from November 9 through January 1 in the Gompertz Theatre. Subscriptions for all four Winter Mainstage shows can be purchased for as little as $59 by phone at (941) 366-9000 or by visiting us online at www.floridastudiotheatre.org.
About Florida Studio Theatre
Known as Sarasota’s Contemporary Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre was founded in 1973 by Artist, Jon Spelman. Starting out as a small touring company, FST traveled to places such as migrant camps and prisons. The company eventually settled down into a permanent home, acquiring the former Woman’s Club building – now renamed the Keating Theatre. In the years that followed, Florida Studio Theatre established itself as a major force in American Theatre, presenting contemporary theatre in its five theatre venues: the Keating Theatre, the Goldstein Cabaret, the renovated Gompertz Theatre, the John C. Court Cabaret and Bowne’s Lab Theatre.
Even with its growth, Florida Studio Theatre remains firmly committed to making the arts accessible and affordable to a broad-based audience. Under Producing Artistic Director and CEO, Richard Hopkins, FST develops theatre that speaks to our living, evolving, and dynamically changing world. As FST grows and expands, it continues to provide audiences with challenging, contemporary drama and innovative programs.