Million Dollar Quartet's 5 local connections
January 29 12:08 PM


Hopefully, you know the basics of the Broadway musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.
If not, here’s a quick primer:
  • It’s about the day Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins recorded an album together. (It really did happen)
  • It features great songs by the four icons, including “Blue Suede Shoes” ” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line” and a lot more.
Here are some local connections that two of the famous four have with the Omaha area:

  1. “Elvis In Concert” is a posthumous 1977 TV special that was filmed during his final tour to Omaha on June 19, 1977 and Rapid City, South Dakota n June 21, 1977. It was shown on CBS on October 3, 1977, two months after Presley died.
  2. Want to read about one of Presley’s concerts in Omaha? Here’s the link.
  3. For 49 years – from 1954 through 2003 – Cash performed in thousands of shows, including several times in Omaha at the Civic Auditorium in the arena and also the Music Hall. He also played the Nebraska State Fair on several occasions. In addition to public concerts, he also appeared at several private functions including one in Omaha and another in Kearney, Neb.
  4. Did you know Cash has ties to Council Bluffs? Read about it here.
  5. Cash was in Council Bluffs in 1987 to play for Pride Week when he became ill. He was admitted to the hospital but was fine after a few days. He had forgotten to take his blood pressure medication.
Tickets are still available to see MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. Performances will be at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St., on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, February 18, 19 and 20, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, February 21, at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, February 22, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 23, at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Ed
February 6 9:55 PM
Would like to know the names of the performers & where they are from.... Thanks, Ed
Kim
February 27 12:51 PM
Hi Ed - We don't have information on where each performer is from but I can tell who was who in the cast: John Countryman was Jerry Lee Lewis, Lee Ferris was Carl Perkins, Scott Moreau was Johnny Cash and Cody Ray Slaughter was Elvis Presley.
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