Heartbreak Hotel, from the co-creator of the Tony-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet, makes its world premiere August 30–September 30 at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine.
The new musical charts Elvis Presley’s journey from an unknown musician to super-stardom and features hit songs from the King himself and the legends who influenced his music. Numbers include “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Tutti Frutti,” “That’s All Right,” “Shake Rattle and Roll,” and “Heartbreak Hotel.”
The cast of actor-musicians features Eddie Clendening as Elvis Presley (and co-musical director), Jerry Kernion as Col. Tom Parker, Matt McKenzie as Sam Phillips, Christopher Sutton as Dewey Phillips, Geno Henderson as B.B. King, Ike Turner, and Chuck Berry (and co-musical director), bassist Nathan Yates as Bill Black, drummer Jamie Pittle as DJ Fontana, guitarist Matt Codina as Scotty Moore, Brenna Bloom as Marion and the queen of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson, Erin Burniston as Dixie Lock, Kara Mikula as Gladys/ensemble, Fallon Goodson as Alice from Dallas/ensemble, Terita Redd as Rosetta Tharpe/ensemble, and Berlando Drake as Ruth Brown/ensemble.
Heartbreak Hotel is written and directed by Floyd Mutrux. The creative team also includes choreographer Birgitte Mutrux, music supervisor John Banister, lighting designer Richard Latta, set designe Adam Koch, costume designer Dustin Cross, projection designer Brad Peterson, and sound designer Don Hanna.
Executive Artistic Director Bradford T. Kenney stated, “It has been an incredible journey working hand in hand with Floyd, the commercial partners, and Authentic Brands Group/Elvis Presley Enterprises, to bring the rich story and music of Elvis to life. Elvis became one of the great icons of our popular culture. He made a lasting imprint on our society, and his career changed the course of popular music, not only in our country, but around the world – all during a time of great change in America. I am thrilled that Ogunquit audiences will be the first to see this exciting new show.”
Individual tickets start at $52 each. For more information visit OgunquitPlayhouse.org or call the Ogunquit Playhouse Box Office at (207) 646-5511.