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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

Aug 08, 2017 - Aug 13, 2017

Benedum Center

A TWIST OF FATE BROUGHT THE WORLD ONE OF THE GREATEST JAM SESSIONS EVER!
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the smash-hit, Tony Award-winning musical inspired by the unexpected recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. On December 4, 1956, this unlikely quartet converged on Sun Records in Memphis. They didn’t always get along, but when it came to the music, they created something special. Thankfully, Sun’s owner, Sam Phillips, flipped the recording switch and rock ‘n’ roll history was made. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET takes you behind the music with a monumental night that explodes off the stage with 21 legendary hits that defined rock 'n'  roll, including: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Hound Dog.” 

Cast

JAMES SNYDER (Elvis) Broadway: If/Then, Cry-Baby (Drama League Nomination). Other theatre: Casa Valentina (West Coast premiere), Rock Of Ages, Ever After (Papermill Playhouse), Carousel (Goodspeed Opera House), Fanny (Encores), and Johnny Baseball (Williamstown Theatre Festival). He has sung at Carnegie Hall with the NY Pops and with the Hartford Symphony. Some TV: The Good Wife, Rizzoli and Isles, Blue Bloods, Drop Dead Diva, Gilmore Girls, The Suite Life. Film: She’s The Man, An American in China, Shuttle, Pretty Persuasion, (Sundance), and Meth Head. Recordings: bare: a pop opera, solo album “LA Curse” on iTunes. www.JamesSnyder.com

DEREK KEELING (Johnny Cash) Broadway and National Tours: (Danny) Grease, (Cash) Million Dollar Quartet original tour cast, (Charles Darnay) A Tale of Two Cities premiere cast, (Cash) Ring of Fire tour, NBC’s Grease: YTOTIW. Off-Broadway: Connect/Disconnect (Best Leading Actor Award); Los Angeles Theatre: (Chad) All Shook Up, (Fonzie) Happy Days the Musical, (Glen) The Wedding Singer. Concerts Include: Lead Soloist with the California Phil Harmonic at Disney Hall, Feinstein’s NYC, and his Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash concert tour. Purchase his original music at DerekKeeling.com and on iTunes.

Martin Kaye

MARTIN KAYE (Jerry Lee Lewis) British entertainer, pianist and singer-songwriter who has been playing Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet for over 5 years - on the first US national tour, in Las Vegas (where he was awarded Best Actor by Vegas Seven Magazine), and most recently on the first UK tour. He has also recorded three albums, co-composed a musical, and has written an autobiographical one-man show. Martin is excited to be joining PCLO’s production of Million Dollar Quartet. Sincere thanks go to his parents, manager, family and friends for their unwavering support of his need and desire to follow his dream

Billy Finn

BILLY FINN (Carl Perkins) is thrilled to be making his PCLO debut. A Brooklyn-based actor, writer and musician, Billy’s New York credits include performances at Ars Nova, Judson Church, New Dramatists and the Drama League. Regionally, Billy has appeared at theatres around the country, including Shakespeare Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, Trinity Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, McCarter Theatre Center, the Kennedy Center, Theatre Under the Stars and many others. Billy’s plays have been produced and workshopped at the Drama League, Vertigo Theatre, Playwrights Rep and First Draft. He is a graduate of the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Acting Program. www.billy-finn.com.

CHRISTOPHER GRANT (Sam PhillipsMillion Dollar Quartet (Broadway, Off- Broadway, First National Tour). New York: Lincoln Center, The Public, Joe’s Pub, New World Stages, The Wild Project, IRT, Rattlestick, Cherry Lane, The Red Fern, Three Day Hangover. Regional: Yale Rep., The Shakespeare Theatre D.C., NY Stage & Film, The MUNY, Delaware Theatre Company, Two River Theatre, The O’Neill. Film/TV: Rolling on the Floor Laughing, Hard Times For Softcore, “Nella the Princess Knight.” University of Evansville, B.F.A., British American Drama Academy at Oxford, Yale School of Drama, M.F.A. Proud member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA, and The Actors Center

ZURIN VILLANUEVA (Dyanne) is thrilled to be a part of this production. Originally from Brooklyn, NY. Broadway: Shuffle Along, Book of Mormon. Regional: Ruined (Everyman Theater) Josephine Tonight! (Metrostage) Good News (Goodspeed Opera House) Aint Misbehavin' (Crossroads), and Crowns (Arena Stage). BFA: Howard University. Thanks to Telsey and BRS Gage Agency.
Love before all else!

RJ HEID (Fluke) is thrilled to be making his Benedum Center stage debut for Pittsburgh CLO!  Usually found under the stage, RJ is the drummer/percussionist for Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, CLO Cabaret, City Theater and Front Porch Theatricals. RJ received his Masters in Music Performance from Duquesne University. He would like to thank his wife Tracy for her continued love and support. 

JUSTIN BENDEL (Brother Jay) was most recently seen onstage as Eddie at the CLO Cabaret in the hit comedy Pump Boys & Dinettes. He began his long association with the Cabaret during its inaugural show, Forever Plaid, for which he played 400+ performances. As a professional bassist, he is actively plays many genres including various orchestras, jazz groups, singing competitions and studio work. With over sixty musicals to his credit, he is certainly no stranger to musical theater. Career highlights include: Patrizio Buanne US tour, Elaine Stritch, Tom Rocco, and legendary Ray Charles.  

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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

Aug 08, 2017 - Aug 13, 2017

Benedum Center

A TWIST OF FATE BROUGHT THE WORLD ONE OF THE GREATEST JAM SESSIONS EVER!
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the smash-hit, Tony Award-winning musical inspired by the unexpected recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. On December 4, 1956, this unlikely quartet converged on Sun Records in Memphis. They didn’t always get along, but when it came to the music, they created something special. Thankfully, Sun’s owner, Sam Phillips, flipped the recording switch and rock ‘n’ roll history was made. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET takes you behind the music with a monumental night that explodes off the stage with 21 legendary hits that defined rock 'n'  roll, including: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Hound Dog.” 

Cast

JAMES SNYDER (Elvis) Broadway: If/Then, Cry-Baby (Drama League Nomination). Other theatre: Casa Valentina (West Coast premiere), Rock Of Ages, Ever After (Papermill Playhouse), Carousel (Goodspeed Opera House), Fanny (Encores), and Johnny Baseball (Williamstown Theatre Festival). He has sung at Carnegie Hall with the NY Pops and with the Hartford Symphony. Some TV: The Good Wife, Rizzoli and Isles, Blue Bloods, Drop Dead Diva, Gilmore Girls, The Suite Life. Film: She’s The Man, An American in China, Shuttle, Pretty Persuasion, (Sundance), and Meth Head. Recordings: bare: a pop opera, solo album “LA Curse” on iTunes. www.JamesSnyder.com

DEREK KEELING (Johnny Cash) Broadway and National Tours: (Danny) Grease, (Cash) Million Dollar Quartet original tour cast, (Charles Darnay) A Tale of Two Cities premiere cast, (Cash) Ring of Fire tour, NBC’s Grease: YTOTIW. Off-Broadway: Connect/Disconnect (Best Leading Actor Award); Los Angeles Theatre: (Chad) All Shook Up, (Fonzie) Happy Days the Musical, (Glen) The Wedding Singer. Concerts Include: Lead Soloist with the California Phil Harmonic at Disney Hall, Feinstein’s NYC, and his Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash concert tour. Purchase his original music at DerekKeeling.com and on iTunes.

Martin Kaye

MARTIN KAYE (Jerry Lee Lewis) British entertainer, pianist and singer-songwriter who has been playing Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet for over 5 years - on the first US national tour, in Las Vegas (where he was awarded Best Actor by Vegas Seven Magazine), and most recently on the first UK tour. He has also recorded three albums, co-composed a musical, and has written an autobiographical one-man show. Martin is excited to be joining PCLO’s production of Million Dollar Quartet. Sincere thanks go to his parents, manager, family and friends for their unwavering support of his need and desire to follow his dream

Billy Finn

BILLY FINN (Carl Perkins) is thrilled to be making his PCLO debut. A Brooklyn-based actor, writer and musician, Billy’s New York credits include performances at Ars Nova, Judson Church, New Dramatists and the Drama League. Regionally, Billy has appeared at theatres around the country, including Shakespeare Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, Trinity Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, McCarter Theatre Center, the Kennedy Center, Theatre Under the Stars and many others. Billy’s plays have been produced and workshopped at the Drama League, Vertigo Theatre, Playwrights Rep and First Draft. He is a graduate of the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Acting Program. www.billy-finn.com.

CHRISTOPHER GRANT (Sam PhillipsMillion Dollar Quartet (Broadway, Off- Broadway, First National Tour). New York: Lincoln Center, The Public, Joe’s Pub, New World Stages, The Wild Project, IRT, Rattlestick, Cherry Lane, The Red Fern, Three Day Hangover. Regional: Yale Rep., The Shakespeare Theatre D.C., NY Stage & Film, The MUNY, Delaware Theatre Company, Two River Theatre, The O’Neill. Film/TV: Rolling on the Floor Laughing, Hard Times For Softcore, “Nella the Princess Knight.” University of Evansville, B.F.A., British American Drama Academy at Oxford, Yale School of Drama, M.F.A. Proud member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA, and The Actors Center

ZURIN VILLANUEVA (Dyanne) is thrilled to be a part of this production. Originally from Brooklyn, NY. Broadway: Shuffle Along, Book of Mormon. Regional: Ruined (Everyman Theater) Josephine Tonight! (Metrostage) Good News (Goodspeed Opera House) Aint Misbehavin' (Crossroads), and Crowns (Arena Stage). BFA: Howard University. Thanks to Telsey and BRS Gage Agency.
Love before all else!

RJ HEID (Fluke) is thrilled to be making his Benedum Center stage debut for Pittsburgh CLO!  Usually found under the stage, RJ is the drummer/percussionist for Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, CLO Cabaret, City Theater and Front Porch Theatricals. RJ received his Masters in Music Performance from Duquesne University. He would like to thank his wife Tracy for her continued love and support. 

JUSTIN BENDEL (Brother Jay) was most recently seen onstage as Eddie at the CLO Cabaret in the hit comedy Pump Boys & Dinettes. He began his long association with the Cabaret during its inaugural show, Forever Plaid, for which he played 400+ performances. As a professional bassist, he is actively plays many genres including various orchestras, jazz groups, singing competitions and studio work. With over sixty musicals to his credit, he is certainly no stranger to musical theater. Career highlights include: Patrizio Buanne US tour, Elaine Stritch, Tom Rocco, and legendary Ray Charles.