Cast and Crew

Meet the Cast of Million Dollar Quartet

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Elvis Presley
played by
Tyler Hunter
Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. Growing up, Tyler felt a huge connection to the music and the person of Elvis Presley and wanted to become an entertainer because of it. Tyler was the grand champion of the Elvis Explosion Competition in 2012. That same year Tyler represented Tupelo, Mississippi in Elvis Presley Enterprises’ Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition. He is an accomplished singer, songwriter, actor and recording artist. Tyler has appeared in several mainstream shows across the United States including Legends in Concert. He portrayed the role of young Elvis Presley in the Las Vegas Cast as well as in the National Tour of the Tony Award® winning hit Broadway show “Million Dollar Quartet”! Tyler was happy when he was chosen again to perform his favorite role in his favorite city, the Branson Production of Million Dollar Quartet.
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Jerry Lee Lewis
played by
John Countryman
John Countryman is a southern man who wants to make you clap your hands and stomp your feet along to his irrepressible boogie woogie beat. Growing up in a musical family from North Carolina, John has found joy in music performance from a young age. When John was 12 years old, his mother who is a lifelong Elvis fan, suggested John should take a listen to Jerry Lee Lewis. John found a musical kindred spirit in Jerry Lee’s indomitable attitude and his raucous approach to performance. John joined the band, the Dirty Names, in 2009 and began his career as musician and performer. In 2013, John went on the National Tour of the Tony Award® winning hit Broadway show Million Dollar Quartet portraying his musical idol, and since then has worked in Chicago, Las Vegas, and on several regional productions of the show. It is with great honor and excitement that John joins the cast at the Welk Theater to portray the role of Jerry Lee Lewis. John would like to thank his family for their undying support. He would also like to thank his mother especially, a piano teacher, for nurturing his love of music and encouraging him to play, even at the expense of her poor pianos! Please be sure to like John’s fan page at www.facebook.com/johncountrymanmusic.
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Carl Perkins
played by
Brad Waters
Originates from a very small sawmill town, called Deer, located in the hills of Arkansas. Brad is from a musical family whose roots were in Bluegrass and Country and eventually Rock-a-Billie and Rock ‘n’ Roll. For the past two years, Brad has been combining his acting, guitar and vocal abilities to portray the role of Rock ‘n’ Roll pioneer Carl Perkins in the National Road Tour of the hit Tony Award® winning musical Million Dollar Quartet attending over 150 shows in several cities across the United States and Canada. Brad left the National Tour early so he could be closer to home when he was chosen to play the role of Carl Perkins in the cast of the Million Dollar Quartet Branson Missouri production, here at the Welk Resorts Theatre.
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Johnny Cash
played by
Cliff Wright
Born in Dallas, Texas and raised in Athens, Alabama. Having had no formal training, Cliff is a self-taught musician who began his journey into music at the age of eight, starting with the guitar. Cliff was heavily influenced by many legendary artists and musicians from the ‘50s to the ‘70s, Having been raised not far from Memphis, the town that both influenced and was influenced by Johnny Cash, Cliff’s singing and speech bear a natural, strong reflection of Johnny Cash. Audiences all over the country have marveled at the amazing accuracy of Cliff’s sound, as well as his natural physical resemblance to a young Johnny Cash. In 2015, Cliff was chosen for the role that as they say, he was ‘born to play’ that of Johnny Cash in the Branson Production of the hit Tony Award® winning musical Million Dollar Quartet!
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Sam Phillips
played by
Matt Joyce
Matt Joyce has been entertaining his whole life. Growing up in Arkansas, Matt started early, singing and performing. He has a Marketing degree from the University of Central Arkansas, and enjoyed singing with the UCA choral department. He also became the university’s official mascot, Victor E. Bear, as well as “Rocky the Bear” for the River Blades, an Arkansas based hockey team, and also as “Radar” for the Twisters Arena Football team. As a songwriter/composer, Matt is credited with over thirty original songs and was a member of “The Gettys” as lead vocalist of the popular band from 2003 to 2009. The Gettys were hailed in the Arkansas Times as “The Best of Arkansas” and were also named “Best Band—Ladies Choice”. Matt is well known for his performances as Elvis, earning him numerous awards and credits at Elvis tribute events across the country. In addition, he has played the role of Gene Vincent in the play Lonesome Town, a story about teen idol Ricky Nelson. Most recently, the Welk Resort Branson Theatre’s production of Million Dollar Quartet has allowed Matt a chance to learn the role of legendary record producer Sam Phillips. “Portraying Sam Phillips has challenged me as an actor and performer, and getting to walk on stage every night and breathe new life into that character is an incredibly rewarding experience”. Matt lives in Arkansas (when he’s not performing), with his wife and 4 children.
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Dyanne
played by
Lindsey Perenchio
Lindsey is excited to be joining the cast of MDQ this year! Before landing in Branson she was seen performing and choreographing throughout the country in productions for Radio City, Rocky Mountain Reparatory Theatre, Busch Gardens, Spirit of Chicago, and Six Flags. Her Branson credits include Silver Dollar City’s Dickens Christmas Carol, It’s A Wonderful Life, and hits from Echo Hollow Amphitheater. She’s also been seen in Comedy Jamboree at Grand Country and Red Hot and Blue for which she was nominated for best choreography and earned the award for Best Dance Troupe. She loves planting flowers, playing hacky sack, boating, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two silly crazy sons!

Other Cast

Daniel Dossey (Fluke, Drummer)

Growing up in a proud family of West Texans, Daniel was born in Colorado over a shoebox full of Texas soil (per his grandpa’s wishes.) He studied orchestral percussion at Oklahoma City University. After touring the country with Celtic folk group Scotland Rising, he eventually landed in Branson, Missouri where he drummed for many shows in town including The Lennon Cathcart Trio. He focused his work mostly onto the drum set, recording and working closely with The Haygoods and joined them on their China tour in 2011. Daniel’s list of accolades include the gold medal for best snare solo at the Winter Storm international bagpiping & drumming event, 2nd place at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, and performances at PASIC, the world’s largest annual percussion convention. Daniel performs regularly with a professional US-based drumline, the Ruff Drags and most recently was a member of the top-rated band for the biggest cruise ship company on the sea performing alongside his new fiancé, vocalist and songwriter Krista Meadows.

Scott Weinstein (Director)

Scott is a freelance Director currently based in Chicago. Favorite directing credits include She Kills Monsters (Steppenwolf Theatre); Titanic and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Griffin Theatre); Seussical (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Princess & The Pea (Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre); the world premieres of Baristas (New York International Fringe Festival) and Ampersand (Bloomington Playwrights Project); as well as the first full productions of Murder For Two (Adirondack Theatre Festival, Hangar Theatre, 42nd Street Moon). Scott is the recipient of a Berkshire Theatre Festival Directing Fellowship and a Stage Directors and Choreographers Observership. He is currently the Associate director for the National Tour, Las Vegas and Chicago productions of Million Dollar Quartet and has assistant or associate directed at The Goodman Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse and many more. Scott is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a graduate of Northwestern University.

Colin Escott (Co-Author)

Born in England, Colin lives near Nashville Tennesee. He is the author of Good Rockin’ Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll the first in-depth account of the Sun Records Story. His book Hank Williams – The Biography has been adapted into a movie I Saw The Light, starring Tom Hiddleston and Elisabeth Olsen. His multi-CD box set, The Complete Hank Williams, won a Grammy, and another of his production, B.B. King – King of Blues was nominated for a Grammy.

Austin Wilson (Jay Perkins, Bass Player)

Austin grew up on Branson’s famed 76 Country Boulevard. His first music experience was at the age of 12 when he joined the school band as a baritone player. Over the next few years he would teach himself to play multiple instruments including upright and electric bass. Upon entering college at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, Austin would become one of the most called upon bassists in the Southwest Missouri area. Performing with the likes of Michael Feinstein, Joan Rivers, Dudu Fisher and the Lennon Brothers, he would be widely known as an extremely versatile player who is able to play any style of music. Austin is extremely excited to be apart of Million Dollar Quartet in Branson.

Chuck Mead (Musical Arrangements and Supervision)

Singer/Songwriter/Producer Chuck came to prominence as co-founder and front man of the threetime Grammy-nominated and CMA Award-winning country band BR-549. Chuck first crafted the music arrangements for Million Dollar Quartet during the original Daytona and Seattle workshop productions, supervised the musical performances for its 2008 Chicago opening, and created new music material for the shows Broadway and West End productions.

Eric Schaeffer (Original Broadway Director)

The artistic director/co-founder of Signature Theatre, Washington DC, recipient of the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award and home to the American Musical Voices Project, the largest musical commission program in the country. Broadway: Follies, Million Dollar Quartet, Putting It Together, Glory Days. West End: The Witches of Eastwick, Million Dollar Quartet. Kennedy Center: artistic director, Sondheim Celebration, Sunday in the Park With George, Passion; Mame, Follies.

Floyd Mutrux (Co-Author, original concept and direction)

Floyd worked Second City, Chicago; NY attended Columbia University; in L.A. conceived, wrote, directed or produced 50 films: American Hot Wax (Best Picture, Director), Scarecrow (Best Picture), Urban Cowboy, Untouchables, Up in Smoke, Dick Tracy, with his wife Birgitte, preparing new film Moon Over Memphis (a Rock ‘n’ Roll Field of Dreams).

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