Do you love Rock ‘n’ Roll? Can you play your own instruments? Have we got a show for you!
We are happy to announce auditions for our upcoming musical – Million Dollar Quartet!
September 10 & 11 at Theatre Tallahassee at 7:00pm both nights – Click here to see the Facebook Event
Please prepare around 16-40 bars of a classic rock ‘n roll song and bring sheet music for the accompanist.
If you wish to be considered for one of the main 4 starring roles, please also bring your guitar and be prepared to perform an additional audition number while playing that instrument (piano will be provided for any Jerry Lee Lewis types). It would be smart to prepare something upbeat from their catalog without doing a direct impersonation.
For those auditioning for Dyanne, something sultry and emotional will suffice. Sides will be provided for dialogue and additional music.
About the Show
The Tony® Award Winning musical, Million Dollar Quartet is set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary December night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations that is both poignant and funny. Relive the era with the smash-hit sensation featuring an incredible score of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, R&B and country hits, performed live onstage by world-class actors and musicians. Showcased hit songs include: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Walk the Line,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more.
Directed by Daniel Stock
Music Directon by Michael Gregg
Book by Colin Escot and Floyd Mutrux
Original Concept and Direction by Floyd Mutrux
Inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins
Performances: October 26 – November 3
Carl Perkins – Tenor (Guitar)
Carl is working with Sam on a new record at Sun, hoping to recapture some of his fame as a founding father of rock and roll. He resents younger, up and coming musicians, including Jerry Lee Lewis. His song “Blue Suede Shoes,” that he wrote and recorded, was a bigger hit for Elvis than it was for him. Carl is worried that he won’t be remembered in history as one of rock and roll’s greatest musicians. He struggles between remaining relevant in the record business and staying true to his guitar-centered rock and roll sound. However, he enjoys a camaraderie with his fellow Sun artists and revels in making music with them throughout the evening.
Elvis Presley – Baritone/Tenor (Guitar – but only a little)
Elvis arrives at Sun with his girlfriend Dyanne. Sam has already sold Elvis’ record contract to another company, recognizing his fame and leadership of the music genre. Elvis is already recognized as an international star, but his regularly humble demeanor has been even more illuminated by a recent flop of a show in Vegas. Elvis is known for his unique vocal styles and dance moves, and displays both defining characteristic throughout the show in addition to accompanying himself (and others) on guitar.
Johnny Cash – Baritone/Bass (Guitar)
Johnny is visiting Sun Records to tell Sam that he won’t be renewing his contract with Sun. He wants to sign with a company who will let him sing more religious music, which is more satisfying and meaningful to him. Johnny clearly has a dark past, matched by his dark appearance. While he is friendly with the other musicians, he is the quietest of the rock and roll stars, and the most introspective.
Jerry Lee Lewis – Tenor (Piano)
Lewis is Sun Records’ newest discovery, having impressed Sam with his piano skills and showmanship. A proud and egocentric musician, Jerry Lee knows he is rock and roll’s next greatest star, and is ready to claim his place in music history. It is important to him that his fellow musicians (and others, including women) recognize his greatness. He resents older musicians for holding back rock and roll and constantly inserts himself into other musicians’ songs with his out of control piano styles. Jerry Lee Lewis is known for his outstanding piano performance styles, including playing upside down and backwards without looking at the keyboard.
Sam is the ambitious owner of Sun Records, the label famous for launching the careers of a number of early rock and roll stars in Memphis, Tennessee. Having a talent for identifying great young talent, Sam has signed superstars Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis to his record label. He hosts the four men in an impromptu jam session one night, and records the musical proceedings of the evening. Sam serves as the show’s all-knowing narrator, sharing the prosperous future of his superstars with the audience and walking them through that historic day as each musician navigates his career in the blossoming era of rock and roll.
Dyanne – Mezzo
Elvis’ girlfriend accompanies him on his visit to Sun Records. She is quiet, but friendly with all the musicians. Jerry Lee immediately takes a liking to her, in part to spite Elvis. At Elvis’ encouragement, Dyanne sings a Peggy Lee number for the group. Her sex appeal matches Elvis’, and it is apparent to the others there that they make a good couple. She sings in the group ensemble numbers, and often plays tambourine or other small percussion instruments live on stage.
The following do not need to attend auditions but are a part of the show as instrumentalists – so if you know someone, send them our way!
Fluke is Carl Perkins’ drummer who has accompanied him to Sun Records to record Carl’s new album. He is loyal to Carl but also not interested (or willing) to get caught up in the politics of the record business. He remains silent in conversation, but performs as part of the ensemble numbers, and plays drums on all the musicians’ songs.
Jay Perkins (Bass)
Jay is Carl Perkins’ brother and bassist who has accompanied him to Sun Records to record Carl’s new album. He is loyal to Carl but also not interested (or willing) to get caught up in the politics of the record business. He remains almost entirely silent in conversation, but performs as part of the ensemble numbers, and plays bass on all the musicians’ songs. He is enthusiastic about music and performing, and often will do tricks with his bass, including spinning or flipping the instrument, or dancing with it. He is an extremely skilled bass player and performer, able to play at strange angles with other musicians leaning on, or even standing on, his bass.