June 2018 Writer \/\/ Janelle Morrison\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Photography \/\/ Courtesy of Actors Theatre of Indiana Once again, Actors Theatre of Indiana (ATI) is pleased to present \u201cMillion Dollar Quartet,\u201d the Tony\u00ae Award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the true story of the famed recording session where Sam Phillips, the \u201cFather of Rock \u2018n\u2019 Roll\u201d brought together icons Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley for one unforgettable night on December 4, 1956. \u201cMillion Dollar Quartet\u201d tells the story of these four young musicians who gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Bringing this legendary night to life, \u201cMillion Dollar Quartet\u201d features a score of classic rock chart-toppers, including \u201cBlue Suede Shoes,\u201d \u201cMatchbox,\u201d \u201cWho Do You Love?\u201d \u201cHound Dog,\u201d \u201cI Walk the Line\u201d and many more hits. ATI Co-Founder and Artistic Director Don Farrell will be playing Sam Phillips in this production. Farrell portrayed Phillips in ATI\u2019s Indiana premiere of \u201cMillion Dollar Quartet\u201d in 2016 and shared his thoughts on this season\u2019s upcoming production. \u201cOur 2016 premiere blew all of ATI\u2019s records as far as box office draw,\u201d Farrell said. \u201cWe made the mental note back then that we needed to bring this production back. D.J. Salisbury, who just recently directed our hit production of \u2018The Mystery of Edwin Drood,\u2019 directed \u2018Million Dollar\u2019 for us in 2016 and is back to remount it for us.\u201d Farrell explained that most of the original ATI 2016 cast of \u201cMillion Dollar Quartet\u201d has returned for this June\u2019s production. \u201cI am back as Sam Phillips, and Betsy Norton, who is a local actress favorite at a lot of different theaters around town, is reprising her role as Dyanne, the girlfriend of Elvis Presley for the show. Adam Tran, another local actor that works around town a good bit, is reprising his role as Elvis Presley. \u201cBrandon Alstott, another local favorite, is reprising his role of Johnny Cash. We have our drummer, Nathan Shew, who audiences have seen at Beef and Boards occasionally. Nathan was Fluke Perkins (Carl Perkins\u2019 brother) in the 2016 production and is coming back. And we\u2019ve got Kroy Presley out of North Carolina, and he is actually related to Elvis Presley. He plays Jay Perkins, a Slap Bass player. Kroy\u2019s been playing in the show around the nation. \u201cWe\u2019ve got a great guy, Gavin Rohrer, who\u2019s played Jerry Lee Lewis many times, and when he sent in his videotape of him playing, I was like, \u2018Holy cow, this guy is on fire.\u2019 He\u2019s amazing. Sean Riley is playing Carl Perkins and just came straight off a production that he did out west. All these actors are unbelievably talented. Anybody who had seen our 2016 production will not be let down by this production by any stretch of the imagination.\u201d Farrell offered up some history on his character, Sam Phillips, who is attributed as being the man who \u201cinvented rock and roll.\u201d \u201cSam discovered not only Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins but Ike Turner, Roy Orbison, and the names go on and on,\u201d Farrell stated. \u201cSam discovered so many people, and he ran a small two-person operation back in the day. Sam\u2019s big thing when he discovered these guys was trying to always find the unique individual natures of everybody.\u201d According to Farrell, Phillips opened up Sun Records, down in Memphis, Tennessee, to anybody as long as they had the money to lie down a track. He\u2019d record it for them on a 45 rpm record. The story goes that a young Elvis Presley, living in Memphis, wanted to record a song for his mom for Christmas. He went to Sun Records and recorded tracks for his mom. Afterward, Phillips and his assistant, while searching for a \u201cnew sound,\u201d brought Presley back to the studio, and the rest is history. \u201cSam drew Elvis\u2019 unique sound out of him,\u201d Farrell said. \u201cHe had a famous saying, \u2018If you ain\u2019t doing something different, you ain\u2019t doing nothing.\u2019 He was able to push certain buttons with these artists to bring out the unique individual nature with every one of them.\u201d Farrell, the ATI board and staff would like to thank their title sponsor, Cate, Terry and Gookins, LLC, and their season sponsor, United Fidelity Bank. He also thanked the City of Carmel, Pedcor Companies, the Carmel City Council, Mayor Brainard and The Center for Performing Arts for their continued support of ATI. ATI is a professional, not-for-profit theatre organization of local and national artists dedicated to excellence in theatre production for a diverse patron base in Carmel and central Indiana. Actors Theatre of Indiana enriches the culture of the community and uses theatre as a tool for educational engagement. For ticket information and show times, visit thecenterfortheperformingarts.org.