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Million Dollar Quartet

Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux
Original Concept and Direction by Floyd Mutrux
Inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins




John Hirsch Mainstage

"Musical captures magical moment when legends first met" -Winnipeg Free Press

"...infectious energy and irresistible enthusiasm..."- CBC

 "...it's a bona fide rock'n'roll show..." -ChrisD.ca

On December 4, 1956, Sun Records Founder Sam Phillips caught lightning in a bottle when he gathered rock 'n' roll royalty for an impromptu jam session. That night, four music legends – Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins – made recording history as the Million Dollar Quartet.

RUNNING TIME: 1 HR, 45 MINS (NO INTERMISSION)
WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE, FLASHING LIGHTS, SIMULATED SMOKING, HAZE

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Actors

Elvis Presley Matt Cage

Matt Cage

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

ET CETERA Hailing from Toronto, Matt Cage is a multi-award-winning tribute artist and actor
plying his craft all around the world. Recently, he appeared in Las Vegas as the featured Elvis
performer in All Shook Up: A Tribute to the King at Planet Hollywood. Matt has portrayed
Elvis Presley in sold-out theatres, festival headlining shows, musical plays, television
and more. He is very excited to be joining the talented production team and cast in bringing
Million Dollar Quartet to life! See more about Matt at his website, www.mattcage.com.

Sam Phillips Andrew Cecon

Andrew Cecon

ROYAL MTC The Secret Annex, The Seagull, Ed’s Garage, A Few Good Men (with Citadel), Romeo and Juliet, Our Town.

OTHER THEATRE Richard 3, Antony & Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Henry V, Henry IV
Parts 1 and 2, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello
(SIR); Three Sisters, The Miser of
Middlegate
(zone41/TPM); Little Munsch on the Prairie (PTE); Remember the Night (Moving Target); The Walworth Farce (Incompletely Strangled Theatre).

FILM/ TV The Pinkertons, The Exorcism of Molly Hartley, Trench 11, Silent Night, The Book of Vaudeville, Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story, Less Than Kind.

ET CETERA Andrew is artistic director of Shakespeare in the Ruins. Love to Claire.

Johnny Cash Greg Gale

Greg Gale

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Million Dollar Quartet (Citadel); The Crackwalker (Factory, Dora
nomination); Trout Stanley (Persephone); A Christmas Carol (Theatre Northwest); Dear Johnny Deere (Thousand Islands Playhouse); The Wilberforce Hotel (Blyth Centre for the Arts); Dream a Little Dream (Grand).

FILM/TV Alias Grace (Netflix/CBC); Crazy House (short, dir. Aaron Mirkin); Covert Affairs (Universal); Murdoch Mysteries (Shaftesbury).

TRAINING/ET CETERA Greg is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and the 2005 recipient of the Hnatyshyn Foundation’s Emerging Artist Grant. He can be seen next in the Canadian Stage/ARC/Theatre Smash co-production of Guillermo Calderón’s Kiss in Toronto.

Jerry Lee Lewis Elliott Loran

Elliott Loran

ROYAL MTC Ride the Cyclone.

OTHER THEATRE Million Dollar Quartet (Globe); Long Day’s Journey into Night, As
You Like It
(Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre); Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Hayfever, Christina the Girl King (Stratford); Ride the Cyclone (original Canadian cast, two national tours, Atomic Vaudeville); Brilliant! The Blinding Enlightenment of Nikola Tesla (Electric Company Theatre & Belfry); Influence (Intrepid Theatre); Eurydice, Pretty Little Instincts (SummerWorks); We Are the Bomb (Theatre Brouhaha); Snack Music (SNAFU Dance Theatre).

TRAINING Canadian College of Performing Arts.

ET CETERA Winner of the Toronto Theatre Critics Award and the BroadwayWorld Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (Ride the Cyclone - winner of the Dora Award for Best Touring Production). Composer credits include Snack Music, Table Top Tales (SNAFU Dance Theatre), Space Hippo (Mochinosha winner of five awards at the Victoria Fringe Festival including Best Design and Best Overall Production) and Dragon’s Heart (Forever Epic Films). Elliott can also be seen on YTV’s The Zone as the Ring Pop “Pop it to Win it” guy. Tweet him at @ElliottLoran.

Dyanne Laura Olafson

Laura Olafson

ROYAL MTC The Boys in the Photograph (with Mirvish), Ruth Kelly, RN in Harvey, Amanda Prynne in Private Lives and Nikki Wickstead in The Things We Do For Love.

OTHER THEATRE Sheila Franklin in HAIR (Mayfield); Kassandra in Iceland (TPM); as well as appearances with PTE, Rainbow Stage, Dry Cold Productions, SIR, WJT and the Citadel Theatre.

FILM/TV Erica in The Pinkertons (Buffalo Gal Pictures)

TRAINING Laura is a graduate of Grant MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts program and is a certified Educational Assistant with the Winnipeg School Division.

ET CETERA Much love and gratitude to Steven and the entire Royal MTC team.

Carl Perkins Kris Ulrich

Kris Ulrich

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline
(Rainbow).

ET CETERA Kris is a freelance guitar player and has backed many of the nation’s finest acts. He is currently recording his new record, set to be released in 2017.

Fluke Ryan Voth

Ryan Voth

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Rainbow).

ET CETERA Ryan is excited to be making his Royal MTC debut with this production of Million Dollar Quartet.

Brother Jay Kraig Waye

Kraig Waye

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Musical Director/Brother Jay in the Canadian premiere of Million Dollar Quartet, and Musical Director/Bassist in Ring of Fire (Chemainus Theatre); Whiskey Dick in the world premiere of Fitz Happens (Port Dover/Port Colborne); Joe B. Mauldin in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Drayton/Stage West Calgary/TA/Chemainus); Sammy in the Canadian premiere of The Wedding Singer (Stage West Mississauga); Man 2 in Songs for a New World, Sharkey in The War Show, Trent Balfour in The Last Resort (Rose Theatre); Fred in A Christmas Carol (Upper Canada Playhouse); Heart and Soul, Men of Country (Petrolia); Twist and Shout (Grand/Drayton); Sparky, Jinx and Frankie in Forever Plaid (TNB/ Drayton/Rose Theatre).

ET CETERA When not in theatre, Kraig is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and recording/session artist. All my love to Stephanie and Caeleigh. Thank you for supporting Canadian theatre, and enjoy the show.

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Artistic Team

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Book Colin Escott

Colin Escott

Born in England, Colin Escott lives near Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of Good Rockin’ Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll, the first in-depth account of the Sun Records story. His book Hank Williams – The Biography has been adapted into the movie I Saw the Light, starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen. His multi-CD box set, The Complete Hank Williams, won a Grammy, and
another of his productions, B.B. King – King of the Blues, was nominated for a Grammy. Million Dollar Quartet received three Tony nominations, including Best Book and Best Musical. Escott was part of the writing/producing team adapting the show for a multi-part/ multi-season run on CMT/Viacom. The first season airs in November-December 2016.

Book, Original Concept and Direction Floyd Mutrux

Floyd Mutrux

Floyd Mutrux worked Second City, Chicago; attended Columbia University, NY; in LA,
conceived, wrote, directed or produced 50 films: American Hot Wax (Best Picture,
Director), Scarecrow (Best Picture), Urban Cowboy, Untouchables, Up in Smoke, Dick
Tracy, and with his wife Birgitte, is preparing the new film Moon Over Memphis (a rock ’n’ roll Field of Dreams).

Director Steven Schipper

Steven Schipper

ROYAL MTC Selected: My Name is Asher Lev, Unnecessary Farce, Billy Elliot The Musical, Late Company, The Glass Menagerie, Gone With the Wind, The Drowsy Chaperone (with TC), Fiddler on the Roof, the world premieres of Maureen Hunter’s Atlantis (with TC), Mark Stein’s Mating Dance of the Werewolf (with Rubicon), Olaf Pyttlik’s The Wave and Bruce McManus’ A Christmas Carol, and the Canadian premieres of Quills, Proposals (with Mirvish) and Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile (with NAC).

OTHER THEATRE Stratford, Shaw, Centaur, Segal, Mirvish, Theatre Plus (Toronto), Toronto Free, YPT, Persephone, TC, VP, Rubicon Theatre (Ventura, CA).

TRAINING McGill, Bishop’s, National Theatre School of Canada.

ET CETERA In 2007, Steven received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Winnipeg. In 2012, he was appointed to the Order of Canada and was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2015, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Manitoba.

Set & Costume Designer Gillian Gallow

Gillian Gallow

ROYAL MTC Seminar (with Mirvish), Hirsch, Venus in Fur, God of Carnage (with VP), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (costumes, with TC).

OTHER THEATRE The Physicists, The Three Musketeers (costumes), Hirsch (set/costumes) (Stratford); King Lear and Stuff Happens (set/ costumes, NAC); Mary Poppins (costumes, Citadel/TC); Incident at Vichy, The Testament of Mary and Awake and Sing! (costumes, Soulpepper); Night, The Road to Paradise (set/ costumes, Human Cargo); God of Carnage (set/costumes, Royal MTC/VP); Appetite (set/costumes, Volcano/TPM); The Mill (set, Theatrefront). Upcoming: Louis Riel (costumes, COC); and An Octoroon (Shaw). training York University, BFA.

ET CETERA Gillian is the recipient of three Dora Mavor Moore awards.

Lighting Designer Hugh Conacher

Hugh Conacher

ROYAL MTC My Name Is Asher Lev, Things We Do For Love, Seminar (with Mirvish), The Woman in Black, Cabaret (2015), The Glass Menagerie (2014, 1989/90), Venus in Fur, The Penelopiad, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, After Miss Julie, Macbeth (with English Suitcase Theatre Company), Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Beautiful Lake Winnipeg, A Walk in the Woods, Frankenstein: Playing with Fire.

OTHER THEATRE Hugh has collaborated with choreographers, visual artists and dance and theatre companies worldwide for over 30 years. In Winnipeg, his work has been seen with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, QDance, Gearshifting Performance Works, Theatre Projects Manitoba and Manitoba Theatre for Young People, to name a few.

ET CETERA Hugh enjoys working beyond the constraints of traditional lighting design using various forms of interactive media, video and photography. His photographic work resides in private collections and has been published worldwide. Hugh is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. www.pellucid.me.

Sound Designer Michael Wright

Michael Wright

ROYAL MTC Over 20 productions including Billy Elliot The Musical, Seminar, Late
Company, Private Lives, The Secret Annex, The Seagull, Venus in Fur, The Penelopiad, August: Osage County, Romeo and Juliet, The Seafarer, Top Girls, Rope’s End, Fully Committed, The Last Five Years, Cherry Docs.


OTHER THEATRE I Dream of Diesel, North Main Gothic, The Monster Trilogy, The Elmwood Visitation, Age of Arousal (TPM); Everything is Coming Up Roses (Gearshifting Performance Works); Something Drastic, Puppet Munsch (PTE); Macbeth (SIR); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Winnipeg Fringe); Hedwig and the Angry Inch Atrocity Tour 2004 (Rose Tinted Productions, UK).

FILM The Last Harvest, Métis, Métis Not, Dead Mothers Kitchen Floors, Dust.

ET CETERA Michael is active in the music world with over two dozen album credits and is a member of IATSE 63.

Assistant Director Catherine Wreford

Catherine Wreford

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Selected acting credits: West Side Story (Stratford); Annie Get Your Gun, 42nd Street (US Broadway Tour); 42nd Street, Oklahoma! (Broadway); The Music Man (Pittsburgh CLO).

ET CETERA Catherine is originally from Winnipeg and was nominated for a Helen
Hayes Award. In the summer of 2013, Catherine was diagnosed with brain cancer.
She had an awake crainiotomy, radiation and four kinds of chemotherapy for a year. She is happy to be home and doing what sheloves best. She has two amazing kids and an awesome husband.

Apprentice Set & Costume Designer Eric Dizon

Eric Dizon

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Stage Manager: Heavenly Bodies (Winnipeg Fringe).
Training Studied B.Des in Industrial Design at MIT Manila, Philippines, and is a graduate of Communication Design program with Honours from RRC.

ET CETERA Originally from the field of communication design, Eric took the leap this
year to pursue his passion for theatre arts. Eric is deeply grateful for having been made so welcome in the theatre community. Special thanks to Gillian Gallow, the incredible team of Million Dollar Quartet and Royal MTC for generously sharing their knowledge of the craft. He would also like to thank family and friends for continued support.

Stage Manager Margaret Brook

Margaret Brook

ROYAL MTC Recent selections from thirty years of association with Royal MTC: Unnecessary Farce, The Devil’s Music, The Glass Menagerie, The Penelopiad, The Fighting Days, The 39 Steps, The Syringa Tree.

OTHER THEATRE PTE, Manitoba Opera, MTYP and Royal MTC co-productions with the Citadel, Theatre Calgary, Vancouver Playhouse, Royal Alex, Saidye Bronfman.

ET CETERA Thanks to the Million Dollar Quartet cast for the music.

Assistant Stage Manager Heather Lee Brereton

Heather Lee Brereton

ROYAL MTC The History of Manitoba from the Beginning of Time to the Present in 45 Minutes (2008/2010/2012), Top Girls, Doubt (with TC), A Parable (with TC), The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead.

OTHER THEATRE Selected: Jonno, Blithe Spirit (Echo); Stripped Down Hamlet, Stripped Down Midsummer Night’s Dream (SIR); The Secret Mask, Three Munschketeers (PTE); The God Box, VVITCH (Out of Line); Remember the Night (2008 Moving Target).

TRAINING BA (Hons.) Theatre Production and Stage Management, University of Winnipeg.

ET CETERA Heather works in various capacities as a stage manager, seamstress and props builder for regional and independent theatre companies - sometimes all in the same production! She also does custom sewing et al for private clients (Heather Lee Bea). Love (tonnes) to Leif.

Apprentice Stage Manager Sean Miller

Sean Miller

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE The Numbers Game (The Storefront Theatre/Pulp Collective); All My Sons, Breath of Kings: Rebellion & Redemption, John Gabriel Borkman (Stratford); Weather the Weather, The Dog and The Angel, Tails from the City (Common Boots Theatre); It Comes in Waves (Necessary Angel/Bluemouth); Beautiful Man (SummerWorks/Groundwater Productions). Training Graduate of Humber College’s Technical Theatre Production Program.

ET CETERA Thank you to family, friends, Joêlle & Jazz. And all the sweaters I brought.

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"...infectious energy and irresistable enthusiasm..." -CBC
Read the full review here

"Musical captures magical moments when legends first met" - Winnipeg Free Press
Read the full review here

"...it's a bona fide rock'n'roll show..." - ChrisD.ca
Read the full review here

"[Million Dollar Quartet] really just wants to let the good times roll" - Los Angeles Times 
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"Over at Sun Records, Whole Lotta History Goin' On" - The New York Times 
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Million Dollar Quartet Study Guide
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Biography of Sam Phillips 
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About Sun Records
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Million Dollar Quartet