Broadway: Million Dollar Quartet to move off-Bway

Broadway: Million Dollar Quartet to move off-Bway

Million Dollar Quartet, the Broadway jukebox musical about the infamous 1956 recording session that united Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, will end its run June 12 prior to an Off-Broadway transfer to New World Stages in July, producers announced June 7.

The Tony Award-nominated musical opened on Broadway April 11, 2010, at the Nederlander Theatre following an acclaimed Chicago run, where the musical continues to play the Apollo Theater. When it closes, Million Dollar Quartet will have played 34 previews and 489 regular performances.

Performances are expected to begin at New World Stages in July.

The Off-Broadway transfer will allow producers to continue the run in a smaller venue with less overhead expenses.

Million Dollar Quartet is among a handful of Broadway productions to transfer Off-Broadway recently. Avenue Q and The 39 Steps both made the leap Off-Broadway to extend their New York runs. In addition, the Broadway production of Rock of Ages transferred from the Brooks Atkinson Theatre to the smaller Helen Hayes last winter to streamline costs.

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