The Sunday Giveaway: 2 Tickets to Million Dollar Quartet!

Million Dollar Quartet
completes the quarter of Broadway shows that have moved Off-Broadway: First Avenue Q, then 39 Steps, then Rent and now MDQ.

Interestingly enough, Quartet started at The Apollo Theater, the Off-Broadway sized theater in Chicago.  So in a way, like Q and Rent before it, it seems to have gone back to its roots.

So, if you missed it on Broadway, now you can see Cash, Presley, Lewis and Perkins blow the roof off of Stage 4 at New World Stages.

And one of you is going for free, because this week we’re giving away two free tickets!

How do you win ’em?

Some people might call MDQ a jukebox musical.  I disagree.  I call shows like this bio musicals, or musical documentaries.  What artist or musical moment in history could make a great “Behind the Music” muscial?

Comment below (or email subscribers, click here) with your idea and I’ll pick a winner at random for the tickets!


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  • Sarah P. says:

    A musical about Woodstock (the original 1969 festival, that is) might be interesting… 🙂 While it wasn’t much of a hit, I really enjoyed the film “Taking Woodstock”, so maybe something along those lines? If it could include songs by the artists involved, all the better…

  • David C Neal says:

    Well, gee, Stephen Schwartz, of course! Couldn’t resist.
    I think the thrust of the American jazz movement in 1940s-50s has sorely been underserved. Ragtime has been covered. But Stan Getz, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, even Coltrane etc. would be a great foundation.
    And then there’s Dixieland jazz…

  • Christina says:

    I definitely think the journey of The Beatles would make a great musical! Not one of the those tribute shows and not an “Across the Universe”, but a genuine and documentary-type story of their journey to the history books. Perhaps answer some unanswered questions about rivalries, fights, rumors, etc. I say it writes for itself.

  • Robb J says:

    Someone already took my first idea, but perhaps something about the heydey of Studio 54 . . . I wonder if Roundabout could find a location for it?

  • Sarah F. says:

    The Jackson 5 story would be pretty interesting. Kind of like the Vh1 movie, except with more singing, obviously. It would capture the household that Joe Jackson ruled; a strict manager-esque discipline that eventually drove Michael off his rocker. It would also capture the journey as a family. I don’t even think you need to mention Michael’s glory years to make it a good show.

  • Samantha says:

    I think a musical about the Backstreet Boys would be pretty cool 🙂 Kind of an Altar Boyz type feel.

  • Noah B says:

    Jonathan Larson’s life!

  • Justin says:

    I too want some sort of “Michael Jackson” biomusical

  • Brian says:

    A musical about how Bruce Springsteen and the E street band and how they got together.

  • Bethynyc says:

    Fleetwood Mac! All the drama and fantastic music would make for a great bio-musical!

  • tamsin says:

    fleetwood mac or the carpentars

  • Auntief says:

    Neil Sedaka’s music had a great influence on my life. I saw a first draft of a musical following his life through song – Breaking Up is Hard to Do. I’d love to see all of his music represented on stage with a big emphasis on the split in his career – before and after the British invasion!

  • Rebecca L. says:

    I’d love to see a Billie Holiday story with all her great hits.

  • Margie Goldsmith says:

    Little Walter, a blues harmonica virtuoso — because without the blues, there would be no jazz and no rock ‘n roll. Little Walter was single handedly responsible for changing the public’s perceptions of a harmonica from a “nothing” toy instrument to one capable of imitating every horn (sax, trumpet, etc.) — and, many jazz musicians “borrowed” (and stole) from him freely. Not only would a musical of this nature help more New Yorkers (and tourists) appreciate the blues, but it might start an entire new appreciation of what this little 10-holed instrument can do. Besides, we’ve had enough rock musicals — its time to bring back the blues to NYC.

  • David G says:

    Michael Jackson! Oh Wait… maybe a cirque, not a musical…

  • Rebecca says:

    I’d love to see a show about Jonathan Larson, or Stephan Schwartz!

  • Emily says:

    A musical about Lady Gaga and how she became who she is-I think it would be fabulous for ticket sales and it would get people who do not normally go to theatre to go to theatre!

  • Reg says:

    Whitney Houston. Inspirational, amazing songs (both ballads and upbeat), great dramatic material and a knockout role for an actress. “WHITNEY: I AM EVERY WOMAN”. I smell a hit and a Tony for Patina Miller? And another for Lillis White as her mother Cissy…

  • Nancy Paris says:

    A musical about The Who..lots of drama and 5 decades of incredible history and music. They are one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time

  • broadwayjayb says:

    Hands Down Nina Simone ( Did you her book ?” I Put A Spell On You”) Or The Isley Brothers! J

  • Of the big three of the British Invasion, the Beatles and the Who have had their Broadway moments, so I nominate the Rolling Stones.
    Also like the Lady Gaga idea.
    And Scott Joplin, Billie Holiday, Irving Berlin– and the under-rated Dorothy Fields, who in her seventies wrote–
    “Here’s a hello from your horny receptionist” (which impressed me because my grandparents got mad at friend’s grandfather for saying after his surgery, in front of a sixteen year old me–“My love life isn’t what it used to be).

  • Panic13B says:

    i’d love to see a musical based on the smiths — especially the first meeting and collaborations of morrissey and marr and the drama surrounding their breakup.

  • Oasis! The drama between the duo would be amazing, and the music is fantastic!

  • Meaghan Shelly says:

    Queen! Their music remains incredibly popular to this day, they have an interesting story, and Glee proved that people still love different arrangements of their music.

  • Mary Riley says:

    Amadeus: The Musical
    Mozart was certainly one of our most interesting composers with a most interesting life.

  • Brian says:

    I agree The Carpenters have everything a great musical needs. George Michael would be another great one. I still think Lesley Gore would be a great show business musical bio!

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  • Brooke Martino says:

    I distinctly remember being in a karaoke contest singing “Heartbreaker” by Pat Benetar, and you saying that you wanted to write a jukebox musical with all her music… How about we combine that with this “musical movement” blog and just write a show about chick rock… I mean theres been “Altar Boyz” which is basically the boy band craze… Chick Rockerz… Pat Benetar still gets my vote!

  • Joe says:

    Cher. Lots of life events and music styles. Plus the costumes would be great.

  • Roy Orbison. A fascinating, yet dignified musician with one of the most unforgettable voices of all time (that’ll make the casting director work) whose career of hits spanned the early days of rock and roll into the Bruce Springsteen era. His personal story, through family tragedy and professional triumphs, is equally dramatic.

  • Jordan Levine says:

    I’d really like to see a musical that centers on the advent of electronic amplification and guitar. There’s a great opportunity here for mash-ups and a chance to capitalize on a few different types of music, and you could have a very unique story.

  • John Rotondo says:

    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. It all started in a small garage on the Jersey Shore…

  • EllenFD says:

    MDQ may have touched on the subject of Elvis, but a show centering on arguably the most iconic musical figure of the 20th century would have great appeal to all ages, nationalities and backgrounds. The soundtrack of his life as accompaniment to joining Sun Records, partnering with Col. Parker, his varied love interests, bad career decisions, and his ultimate comeback in Las Vegas.

  • Theresa Dayton says:

    I gotta say it. The Monkees. I’m not even kidding. So much there. They had to fight the television network, the record companies, and even their peers and fans. They were just tossed into the crazy situation as kids in a politically charged time and culture. A lot of angst. A lot of fun. A lot of “Them vs. Us”.

  • Demi says:

    Even though someone has already said it, it should definitely be Woodstock. I’ve read and watched sooo many things about it, but there is just so many interesting stories and so many great artists performed there, it would be incredible as a musical

  • Doug Braverman says:

    The Weavers. They were an early folk group in the 1950s that included Pete Seeger. During the McCarthy era, because they sang folk music and were sort of left wing, they were considered communists and banned. I can’t help thinking a bio musical based on their careers would be fascinating. It would not only cover the rise of folk music, but would also show the destructiveness of McCarthy and the far-reaching influence of his witch hunts.

  • Carolina A. says:

    Frank Sinatra: the music, the movies, the wives, the manic depression, the mafia links. Secure the rights to his movies and voilà, you’ve got a hit.

  • Kaylie Stansfield says:

    Old school: Ike and Tina Turner.
    New school: The life, addictions and musical influences of Amy Winehouse.

  • Dave M says:

    How bout Bruce Springsteen releasing Born In The USA in 1984 (the year of the USA-hosted summer Olympic games in L.A.) and Ronald Reagan, who was running for re-election, starting to trumpet the song as an endorsement of the hope he brought to the country.  Turns out Springsteen was none too pleased, and made snide comments in his concerts from then on.  Could be fleshed out as an ideological juxtaposition of two remarkably different All-American heroes, set to a soundtrack of Springsteen’s music.

  • Mozz says:

    Electric Youth – a fictional musical retelling of Midsummer Night’s Dreams, crossbred with the rising of a teenage star, using the music of Debbie Gibson… HA!

  • Jay Clark says:

    I would say something about backstage at The Palace-a history in the making. i do have ideas for this as a show. 🙂

  • Don’t laugh, but I’d love a little “Material Girl” musical. Starting with the early days…when she moved to NYC and still used her last name!

  • My top three choices; Madonna, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley have already been repeated several times in this thread.
    That gave me the idea of a musical based on Gottfried Helnwein’s painting “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (1984) which is actually a reinterpretation of the Edward Hopper painting “Nighthawks”. The painting itself could be a springboard into the telling of the story a la “Sunday in the Park”.
    The musical could explore pop culture in terms of these three particular musical pop culture icons. The juxtaposition of the untimely deaths of Elvis and Michael Jackson vs Madonna’s ability to continually recreate as opposed to self destruct would be an interesting exploration.
    Perhaps something would be uncovered in early childhood that led to Madonna’s ability to survive vs The Kings of Pop & Rock’s propensity for self-destruction.
    Also, a bio musical about “The Rolling Stones” is definitely overdue. The Stones’ career does not seem to get the kind of analysis that other iconic musical acts/artists get. Perhaps, because they are all still alive?!

  • Jef Canter says:

    Let it Be… With the behind the scenes turmoil and the culmination of the rooftop concert would give a great insight into the end of the greatest band ever…

  • Dave says:

    The Village. Story-lines from Greenwich Village in the 60s, the Bohemian feel with evolving beatnik culture and anti-war sentiments, folk and acid rock – so many landmark musicians (Dylan, CSN&Y, Hendrix, P,P&M, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Joan Baez, Nina Simone, Kingston Trio, Simon & Garfunkel, Lovin’Spoonful, etc) – and the progressive authors and artists (Kerouac, Ginsberg, Capote, Warhol, Angelou, etc.) It’s a goldmine.

  • Dom Alcocer says:

    Perfect! Drama, reality, immigrants and the greatest soundtrack in history…it has it all

  • says:

    Joni Mitchell – it would probably be more of an Off-Broadway venue, but I bet it would have such a strong following.

  • Z says:

    Aretha Franklin!

  • Jake says:

    simon and garfunkel!

  • Sara Gosses says:

    The Chronic: A Dr. Dre musical
    It’d be tough to boil down as there’s a lot to his stories and a lot of stories that tangent off (Warren G, Snoop Dogg, The D.O.C., Eminem, etc)
    And, it might be too soon, but maybe in a couple of years…

  • Ari says:

    I wouldn’t say no to a musical about Maurice Starr and how he started New Edition and New Kids on the Block.

  • Ralph says:

    Little Richard. Sparkle, pizazz, drama (race, gay prejudice, religion) and a tribute to one of the true founders of rock With great dance-in-the-aisles music.
    Could feature a parade of guest music characters and end with his induction into the R&R Hall of Fame.

  • Bryan Austermann says:

    I agree with Fleetwood Mac! They have a really interesting story and always wrote songs based around their life, so it would work well!

  • says:

    I enjoy bio-musicals. I learned a lot from Jersey Boys. I always thought that Frankie Valli got to big for the Four Seasons but after seeing the show I look at it different. Also new yo your site but love it, keep up the good work.

  • Dave says:

    Dream: The Birth and Death and Resurrection of the Everly Brothers. Meteoric rise to stardom in the sixties, the pressures of fame and the road, their amphetamine addictions, Don’s nervous breakdown, the violent guitar smashing breakup in 1973, then their subsequent strained reconciliation and awkward return to performing together, culminating in the Hall of Fame. As far as I know they have never spoken publicly about the break-up.

  • consuelo carpenter says:

    I think the Doors would make a great show

  • TCH says:

    What about a modern take on a moment in classical music history–the story of Beethoven or Mozart?

  • Lauren says:

    Adele is a little young now but in twenty years I’m willing to bet her story will be worth writing.

  • Yosi Merves says:

    I like some of the suggestions posted already, and I think Michael Jackson or James Brown would make great subjects.

  • Shannon D. says:

    Michael (Marvin) Aday … otherwise known as Meatloaf!
    I read his autobiography many years back and he has had a very interesting life, along with having some of the most EPIC songs in music history!

  • RL Campbell says:

    I know she’s young, but something about Lady Gaga… Think of the built in audience!
    (And she could be an above line producer too…) I know, I know there was another show about a glam rock pop star that didn’t fair well, but we are trying to reach YOUNGER audiences… hmm…

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