Ogunquit to stage ‘Million Dollar Quartet’

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OGUNQUIT — The Ogunquit Playhouse will be the first regional theater in the country to produce the Tony Award-winning musical “Million Dollar Quartet,” on stage from Aug. 19 to Sept. 19.

This high-voltage rock ‘n’ roll show, with book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, is inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together music icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for one of the greatest jam sessions of all time.

The show features timeless hits such as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Fever,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and “Hound Dog.”

Audience members can relive the era with the smash-hit sensation performed live onstage by world-class actors who sing and play their own instruments.

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Starring as Johnny Cash is Scott Moreau, who is reprising his role from the first national tour. He has performed in many regional theaters throughout the U.S. in shows including “Ring Of Fire,” “Johnny Guitar,” “Mary Poppins,” “Oliver!,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Ragtime.”

Robert Britton Lyons stars as Carl Perkins, in addition to being the musical supervisor for the Ogunquit production. Lyons originated the role of Carl Perkins and has been with the show through all of the productions including Broadway, London’s West End and Las Vegas.

Starring as Jerry Lee Lewis is Nat Zegree, making his Ogunquit Playhouse debut.

Jacob Rowley stars as Elvis Presley, reprising his role from the national tour.

The role of Sam Phillips is played by Jason Laughlin, also making his Ogunquit debut. Laughlin was most recently in “The Audience” with Helen Mirren on Broadway. His other recent credits include the Broadway production of “Machinal,” directed by Lyndsey Turner, and the national tour of “War Horse” as Major Nichols.

The Ogunquit Playhouse will produce two more Broadway musicals in 2015.

“Saturday Night Fever,” with a newly-revised book and musical arrangements, will come to life on stage from Sept. 23 to Oct. 25.

The Irving Berlin classic “White Christmas” will be presented just in time for the holidays, from Dec. 9 to 20, at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, N.H.

Tickets are on sale now. Prices start at $44 per show. To learn more about becoming a Playhouse member, or to purchase tickets and gift certificates, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the box office at 207-646-5511.

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