Luhrs Center hosts 'greatest jam session in history'
SHIPPENSBURG – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents the international Tony Award-winning musical, "Million Dollar Quartet" Saturday, April 2.
"Million Dollar Quartet" brings that legendary night to life with a tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations featuring timeless hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “See Ya Later, Alligator,” “Fever,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more.The musical is set on Dec. 4, 1956, when Sam Phillips, the “father of rock‘n’roll,” brought together Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley at the Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis for the first and only time. The resulting evening became known as one of the greatest jam sessions in history.
Evan Buckley Harris portrays Johnny Cash. A piano, guitar, upright bass and harmonica musician as well as a leading man, he also has credits in concerts in New York and Los Angeles and numerous opera credits.
Jason Cohen plays Jerry Lee Lewis. He has performed various theatrical characters and also served as the music supervisor and as a musician in many productions as well as composing and performing original music. His instrumental skills are many, including piano, guitar, double bass, electric bass, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, drums and trombone.
Skip Robinson depicts one of the most impersonated rock superstars, Elvis Presley. In addition to many theatrical roles, he is a professional musician who plays guitar, drums and bass.
Christopher Wren will create the character of Carl Perkins, who is always seen trying to prove himself. He is a stage actor, musician and standup comedian who plays alto saxophone, guitar, drums, harmonica, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, upright bass and jaw-harp.
Matthew Scott plays Sam Phillips, who discovered the dream team and other founding members of rock'n'roll after them. Jackey Good will portray Dyanne, Elvis’ girlfriend who attended the famous session.
Lauren L. Sobon is director/ choreographer/ casting director for the production.
When you go:
"Million Dollar Quartet"
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2
H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center
475 Lancaster Drive, Shippensburg University
Tickets $55, $49, $44
Group discount for 20 or more
Call 717-477-7469 or visit Luhrscenter.com.