The original team behind the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit reunites with Million Dollar Quartet Christmas, the all-new heartwarming rock ‘n’ roll holiday musical, to be performed at the UIS Performing Arts Center Wednesday, November 23.
Pre-sale tickets will be available to FRIENDS of the ISU Center for the Performing Arts members starting Wednesday, September 28 (to find out how to become a FRIENDS and learn more about our membership levels, visit UISpac.com/FRIENDS ) all remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 30 at 10 a.m. To become an AMI, call the ISU box office at (217) 206-6160. For more information, visit UISpac.com or call (217) 206-6160.
There’s no place like home for the holidays, and Sun Records is just that for rock ‘n’ roll newcomers and soon-to-be legends – Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. . In a stroke of fortuitous fate, the four musicians stop at their famous Memphis alma mater recording studio on the same winter evening, unaware that they were at the forefront of a revolution.
Million Dollar Quartet Christmas brings this memorable homecoming to life with an electrifying story of family, nostalgia, faith, humor, heartache and rejoicing. Journey through a story of Christmas past, present and future, packed with unforgettable performances of classic holiday hits and chart-topping favorites such as “Jingle Bell Rock”, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, “Don’t Be Cruel”, “Blue Christmas”, “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town”, “Ring of Fire”, “Santa Baby”, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”, “Run Run Rudolph” and more.
The show is directed by Scott Weinstein, with a book by Colin Escott, with additional orchestrations and arrangements by Chuck Mead. The design team is led by Kimie Nishikawa (Scenic Design), Izumi Inaba (Costume Design), Ryan O’Gara (Lighting Design) and Diego Garzón (Sound Design).
Scott Weinstein (director) is an award-winning director and screenwriter based in New York. His directing work has been seen in major regional theaters across the country and he recently won the Joseph Jefferson Award for his actor-musician, chamber-style re-imagining of Ragtime with Griffin Theatre, where he is a member of all. Scott was Associate and Resident Director of the National Broadway Tour, Las Vegas and Chicago productions of the hit musical Million Dollar Quartet. He has developed new work at the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Pittsburgh CLO, The American Music Theater Project, The Marriott Theatre, Route 66 Theatre, The Rev, Norwegian Creative Studios and others. A graduate of Northwestern University and a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. He is represented by William Morris Endeavour. www.ScottGWeinstein.com
Chuck Mead (music supervision/arrangements/orchestrations) is best known as one of the founding members of three-time Grammy-nominated and Country Music Association award-winning country music group BR5-49. Between 1996 and 2005, the group released seven hit records before disbanding. In 2006, he began working as music supervisor/director of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Million Dollar Quartet.” A member of the original creative team, he shaped the music for the Chicago, Broadway, West End, Las Vegas and National Tour productions of MDQ while traveling the world with his band and releasing four critically acclaimed solo albums. . In 2017, Mead supervised the music for the CMT television series “Sun Records” and in 2021 worked as music supervisor for the upcoming feature film “Neon Highway”.