Sept. 4-Oct. 6, 2019
Opening Night on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019

book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux
original concept and direction by Floyd Mutrux
inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins

Four musical legends. A one-in-a-million recording session.

On December 4, 1956, in the studios of Sun Records in Memphis, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis gathered to meet with legendary producer Sam Philips. What happened next was pure rock and roll magic.

A casual introduction of Lewis to Perkins unexpectedly evolved into an epic jam session of country, gospel and rock classics, captured on tape but not released until 1981.

With a collection of hit songs that includes “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Great Balls of Fire,” and “Hound Dog,” this Tony Award-winning musical is guaranteed to blow the roof off!

So, put a nickel in the jukebox and prepare for a blast from that past that will have you dancing in the aisles!

Because each individual theatregoer is different, The Rep offers suitability suggestions for every production. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness, or stage effects that might have a bearing on your comfort, please call the Box Office at (501) 378-0405.


Characters Smoke Onstage Yes  No drunkenness depicted
Characters Drink Beer Onstage No  
Drug Use Depicted No  
Violence Depicted/Referenced No  
Partial Nudity No  
Sexual/Suggestive Content No  
Profanity (including non-English profanity) Yes  hell (25), damn (11), damnation, shit, colored, ass (4), negro (2), fornication, one use of the middle finger


ONSTAGE Gunshots No  
OFFSTAGE Gunshots No  
Fog/Smoke TBD  


The exact use potentially sensory-disturbing production elements are not determined until at least one week prior to the opening of the show. 


Yes Bright lights onstage, no strobe lights, dark in audience seating
Sounds Yes Onstage yelling
Music Yes Throughout


Topics of Discussion in the Play: Alcohol, tobacco use, divorce, bathroom humor


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