Session Over; Million Dollar Quartet to Close on Broadway

The incredible story of four of America’s greatest musicians of all time will come to a close on Broadway later this week. However, their story will continue to be told. The story of the greatest American jam session of all time. Million Dollar Quartet will close on Broadway this upcoming Sunday June 12th, 2011. It was announced however though that the production will not close for good as it wil move Off-Broadway for a new run which will start in July of 2011.

Million Dollar Quartet is the story of four of America’s greatest musicians that met for one night only for potentially the greatest jam session in American history.  The producers note says the following:

“On Dec. 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley together. The place was Sun Records’ storefront studio in Memphis. The man who made it happen was Sam Phillips, the ‘Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ who discovered them all. The four legends-to-be united for the only time in their careers for an impromptu recording that has come to be known as one of the greatest rock jam sessions of all time. . . . Million Dollar Quartet captures the infectious spirit, freewheeling excitement and thrilling sounds of a singular moment when four of the music industry’s most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, came together for one of the most memorable nights in music history.”

The production opened on Broadway last year on April 11th, 2010 at the Nederlander Theatre. The production had previously played an acclaimed run at The Apollo Theatre in Chicago. The production is still running at that theatre to this day. By the time Million Dollar Quartet closes on Broadway, it will have played 34 previews and 489 performances. However, the end of Million Dollar Quartet on Broadway is not the end of Million Dollar Quartet.

It was announced when the production was closing that the production would not permanently close for good but move to Off-Broadway. The production will be moving to New World Stages at which it will begin performances in July 2011. No official dates for the new production have been announced. There has also been no official announcement about casting for the new production.

This recent fade of Broadway shows “closing” only to move to Off-Broadway has become an item of notice in the last year. Luner on Theatre is planning a future blog post coming up within the next week covering this interesting trend we have noticed taking place in New York City. Be sure to check back for that!

And if you’re still not able to see Million Dollar Quartet in New York City, the production is launching a national tour which will kick off this upcoming fall in Cleveland, Ohio! Also, there are current productions of the show taking place in Chicago and London.

While many believe Million Dollar Quartet’s closing wasn’t far away, the announcement comes more unexpected to me. The show had been struggling in recent weeks however it was playing to just below its Broadway limit line. The production is hands down a hit for the older crowd of Broadway and especially one older men enjoy (which is a rarity for any show).  Also, it is a hit for anyone who loves this era of music the production showcases. It seems out of place for the production to close after the success it has had in its first year on Broadway. The production did gain several Tony Nominations including one for Best Musical.

Luner on Theatre believes that something else may have prompted the sudden closing of Million Dollar Quartet. However, what exactly are we thinking? You’ll have to wait and see in an upcoming blog post. If you know us well enough, you’ll know where we’re going with this.

So if you are in New York City this week and have the chance, go see Million Dollar Quartet before it closes on Broadway! However, if you can’t; no worries! There is always time to see the production once it moves to its new home at New World Stages. Be sure to check back to Luner on Theatre for those two previous articles mentioned earlier coming up! For more official information, check out Million Dollar Quartet’s Official Broadway Website. To check out their new home, check out New World Stage’s Official Website. And of course, stay tuned to Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news all summer long as we bring to you everything and anything YOU need to know about theatre!

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