WEST END SMASH-HIT AND TONY AWARD WINNING MUSICAL MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET SET TO ROCK BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME
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Inspired by the true story of the famed recording session where Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” brought together icons Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley, Million Dollar Quartet includes more than 20 legendary rock ‘n’ roll hits, including Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog, I Walk The Line and Great Balls of Fire. The production opens 24-29 October 2016.
On December 4, 1956, history was made when these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest impromptu jam sessions ever. It brings to light the extraordinary story of broken promises, secrets, and the once-in-a-lifetime celebration of four friends that is both poignant and heartwarming.
Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of hits which bring you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night.
In 1966, exactly ten years later, Jerry Lee Lewis flew from the USA to tour the UK stopping off at Birmingham Hippodrome for a one night concert.
Million Dollar Quartet is written by Tony Award nominees (Best Book of a Musical for Million Dollar Quartet) Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux and produced by Simon Friend and Mark Goucher. Olivier nominated Ian Talbot OBE, renowned for his tenure as both Artistic and Managing director at The Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park directs. Casting is to be announced.
Million Dollar Quartet runs at Birmingham Hippodrome Monday 24 – Saturday 29 October 2016. Perf times: Mon – Sat Eves 7.30pm, Weds Mat 2pm, Sat Mat 2.30pm. Tickets: from £14.00, book online at www.birminghamhippodrome.com or call 0844 338 5000 (cost 4.5p/min plus your phone company’s access charge, 5% transaction fee applies).
11 February 2016
Notes to Editors
- Birmingham Hippodrome is an independent, not-for-profit, registered charity. The Hurst Street venue averages over 500,000 visits annually making it the most popular single auditorium in the UK. With no public revenue funding, it counts Birmingham Royal Ballet and DanceXchange as resident partners; presents all of Welsh National Opera’s repertoire; welcomes the best in international dance, major touring dramas, West End and Broadway musicals; and is home to the world’s biggest Pantomime. It also houses the 200-seat Patrick Centre for the Performing Arts.
- The theatre has extensive meeting facilities and operates all its own catering services. As a charity, Birmingham Hippodrome receives generous support from the business community through sponsorship and other partnerships; from individuals through donations and memberships; and from grant-making Trusts and Foundations for special programming and infrastructure projects. It is a major employer and plays a leading role in the Southside Business Improvement District (BID).
- Birmingham Hippodrome is currently expanding its Creative Programme – Hippodrome Creative – building on its successful work in education and in the wider community. With partners including Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council and private funders, the Hippodrome has recently enjoyed co-producing and producing new events including International Dance Festival Birmingham, The Voyage (for the London 2012 Festival), Summer in Southside, and the 4 Squares Weekender celebrating the opening of the Library of Birmingham on behalf of Birmingham Arts Partnership. More recently Birmingham Hippodrome produced Birmingham Weekender on behalf of Birmingham Arts Partnership.
- Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Ltd, Charity No. 510842. Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB. Box Office: 0844 338 5000. birminghamhippodrome.com/review