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!

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Preview Performances

Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m.*

Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.

*Pay What You Can Night
Sponsored by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Patrons are invited to attend the first preview of Opening Week by paying any amount they wish for their tickets. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Box Office at 601 Main Street the day of the performance. The Box Office opens at 9 a.m. There are at least 100 tickets available for purchase, and tickets are limited to two per person.

Regular Performances

Wednesdays-Thursdays at 7 p.m., Sept. 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26, Oct. 2-3

Fridays at 8 p.m., Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27 and Oct. 4

Saturdays at 2 p.m., Sept. 7 and 28, Oct. 5

Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sept. 7, 14, 21, and 28, Oct. 5

Sundays at 2 p.m., Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29, Oct. 6


Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m., is an American Sign Language-interpreted performance

Director’s Talk

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 6:15 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 5, 6:15 p.m.

Clinton School of Public Service Distinguished Speaker Series

Thursday, Sept. 5, 12 p.m.

Join members of the cast and creative team for a panel discussion on this production.

Beer Night with Diamond Bear Brewing Co.

Thursday, Sept. 5, 6 p.m.
Sponsored by Arkansas Times and Diamond Bear Brewing Co.

Enjoy a complimentary beer tasting provided by Diamond Bear Brewing Co.

Opening Night Champagne Reception

Friday, Sept. 6

Celebrate with the cast after the Opening Night performance. Enjoy a special champagne toast and light hors d’oeuvres.

Pay Your Age Night

Saturday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m.
Sponsored by Little Rock Soiree and Zetêo Coffee

If you’re age 22-40, you can pay your age at The Rep! Enjoy great theatre at a great price. Plus, enjoy complimentary beverages from Zetêo Coffee. There are 50 tickets available for purchase, and tickets are limited to four per household. Purchase through the Box Office in person or by phone (sorry, no online sales). Ticket price is based on the age of the oldest person in the group. Proof of age for each member of the party is required at time of pick-up. Offer is based on seating availability.

Beer Night with Stone’s Throw Brewing

Thursday, Sept. 12, 6 p.m.
Sponsored by Stone's Throw Brewing

Enjoy a complimentary beer tasting provided by Stone's Throw Brewing.

Post-Show Talk Back

Wednesday, Sept. 18, immediately following the performance

Stay after the performance for a discussion with members of the cast. Epilogue talkbacks will take place in the theatre and are free with your show ticket.

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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