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Oliver Seymour-Marsh plays the role of 'Carl Perkins' full time in Million Dollar Quartet from 28 March 2011
Oliver Seymour-Marsh, who has been playing 'Carl Perkins' at certain performances in Million Dollar Quartet, will now take on the role full time, replacing Robert Britton Lyons who plays his final performance on 26 March 2011 before returning to the Broadway production in the Spring.
Oliver Seymour-Marsh starred as ‘Buddy Holly’ in Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story on UK national tour. He starred in Dreamboats and Petticoats on UK national tour and has made numerous appearances at the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch.
The show continues to feature Bill Ward (Sam Phillips), Ben Goddard (Jerry Lee Lewis), Derek Hagen (Johnny Cash), Francesca Jackson (Dyanne), and Michael Malarkey (Elvis Presley).
Million Dollar Quartet opened at the Noel Coward Theatre 28 Feb 2011, following previews from 8 Feb, to moderate notices from the poopular press. It is currently taking bookings to 1 Oct 2011.
Million Dollar Quartet is inspired by the actual event that took place on 4 December 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis came together to make music and ended up making history. Features over 20 of the greatest rock ’n’ roll, gospel, R&B and country hits.
The musical has book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, originally conceived by Floyd Mutrux.
It is directed by Eric Schaeffer, designed by Derek McLane, lighting by Howell Binkley, sound by Kai Harada. Musical arrangements and supervision Chuck Mead
Produced in London by Relevant Theatricals, John Cossette Productions, American Pop Anthology, John Gore, Thomas B. McGrath, James L. Nederlander, Joseph Smith and Michael McCabe.
The legendary meeting was masterminded by Sun Records’ founder Sam Phillips, who discovered all four of the musicians, and brought Elvis Presley (and his then girlfriend) back to the recording studio that launched him to stardom. Together with Sun Records' fast-rising new superstar Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, who was still chasing his next big hit after writing and recording Blue Suede Shoes, the fourth member of this impromptu "quartet" was Phillips' latest signing, Jerry Lee Lewis.