Lamb’s Players Theatre puts its money on Vista production of ‘Million Dollar Quartet’

AVO Theatre is the place for Coronado company’s staging of jukebox musical inspired by a real-life 1956 recording session that featured Elvis Presley


The Coronado-based Lamb’s Players Theatre heads north to Vista this month with its staging of the Broadway-spawned jukebox musical “Million Dollar Quartet.”

The show, which opens next week, is a fictionalized account of the moment in 1956 when a 21-year-old Elvis Presley teamed with Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis for an epic Sun Records jam session.

Walker Brinskele, a newcomer to Lamb’s, plays Elvis in the piece; Charles Evans Jr. is Cash, Brett Benowitz is Perkins and Ben Van Diepen is Lewis.

The cast also includes Lance Arthur Smith as Sun Records honcho Sam Phillips, Katie Sapper as Elvis’ singing gal pal Dianne, Brian Dall as drummer Fluke and Mackenzie Leighton as bassist Brother Jay Perkins.

The show’s 2010 Broadway production ran for more than a year and earned a Tony Award nomination as best musical. Its national tour landed at the San Diego Civic Theatre in 2013; check out our review of that production.

‘Million Dollar Quartet’

When: Opens July 17. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Through Aug. 25.

Where: Lamb’s Players Theatre at the AVO Playhouse, 303 Main St., Vista.

Tickets: $28-$82 (discounts available).

Phone: (619) 437-6000