Auditions begin for 'Million Dollar Quartet' TV show

Auditions begin for 'Million Dollar Quartet' TV show

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Are you ready for your closeup?

The Memphis and Shelby County Film Commission is hosting an enormous casting call Saturday for the anticipated series 'Million Dollar Quartet.'

The story line is based off of an impromptu jam session that happened December 4, 1956 at Sun Studio. Elvis, Jerry Lee, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins came together and recorded at Sun Studios on Union Avenue.

"Our story is inspired by the play, but it really tells the story of Sam Phillips, who in a very racially charged time, came to Memphis completely color blind. He didn't care about anything; he just loved the music," Executive Producer Leslie Greif said.

Greif said it was a big challenge to bring the show to Memphis. But with the help of schools, businesses, the film commission, and local government, it was all possible.

"We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them and I think that goes back to Memphis Soul. We want to tell the story of soul and history," Greif said.

Saturday's event is part of a nationwide search for actors.

Those wishing to audition can start lining up at 7 a.m at Humes Preparatory Academy. The casting call will go from 9 a..m. until 5 p.m. You must be 18 or older to try out for the principal performer roles. Also don't forget to bring a picture ID, a professional headshot, a resumé, and a talent registration form.

Prospective actors should show up wearing period clothing with period hairstyles.

Producers are looking for actors to fill roles for musicians like Elvis, Ike Turner, and B.B. King. They're also looking for extras.

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development approved a more than $4 million grant for the production.

The show could also bring a huge boost to the Memphis economy--about six months of work for more than 160 crew members.

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