Musical about the birth of rock ‘n’ roll to made into TV miniseries

milliondollarquartetRock ‘n’ roll junkies might remember that on December 4, 1956, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded an impromptu jam session in Memphis, Tennessee. The media called them the “Million Dollar Quartet.” While it was until 1990 that the public was able to buy and listen to the “Million Dollar Quartet” records, that moment is considered the birth of rock ‘n’ roll as we know it today.

In 2007, Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott wrote a stage musical about the event called “Million Dollar Quartet,” which broke box office records in Seattle. The musical soon became a Tony-winning Broadway show and opened at the West End in London in 2011.

The story, immortalized by Broadway, is now being turned into a TV drama by CMT. The miniseries “Million Dollar Quartet” will be CMT’s second original series. According to the Wall Street Journal’s report, the series will be eight episodes and the casting search begins Feb. 13. The drama will not be a musical.

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You can check out the musical here.

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