'Million Dollar Quartet' hopefuls try to impress in auditions

'Million Dollar Quartet' hopefuls try to impress in auditions

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - People gathered in the Bluff City on Saturday to audition for the upcoming CMT show, "Million Dollar Quartet."

The show will be centered around the famous 1950s jam session with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins at Sun Studios.

More than 1,000 hopeful performers attended the casting call, hoping for a chance at stardom.

"Been in Memphis playing music and gigs, singing Johnny cash and Elvis since probably 15 years or so," musician Darin Jerden said. "Try not to think about whether you get the part or not but it's fun; it's all fun."

Producers said this was the only open casting call and they are making sure everyone gets a chance to try out before they make any final decisions.

Executive producer Leslie Greif said it was an impressive turnout, but one that he expected from Memphis.

"They have the pride of their city," Greif said.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland was even in attendance.

"I'm disappointed that they didn't ask me to me be in the film," Strickland said.

Despite this, he said he is in support for the films production in his city.

"That spins off some of the other industries that are supported by the film," Strickland said. "Because they'll hire a lot of local people."

The musicians and actors auditioning said this is a chance to get on stage and give a performance that could change their lives.

"When I saw this paper, it was like everything just went out the window," Antonio Malone said.

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