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January 25, 2017



ABINGDON, Va.— Barter Theatre announces an update to its 2017 schedule today. The smash-hit musical, “Million Dollar Quartet” replaces “Ain’t Misbehavin’” on the Gilliam Stage this fall. “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” the celebration of legendary jazz great, Fats Waller, debuts instead during Barter Theatre’s 2018 season.

“Million Dollar Quartet” is inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. Starting August 18, “Million Dollar Quartet” runs for four weeks on Barter Theatre’s Gilliam Stage before embarking on its North American tour. Additional details of the tour will be announced soon.

Producing Artistic Director Richard Rose says, “When presented with the idea of collaborating on a new production and tour of Million Dollar Quarter, we just simply couldn’t resist!” Rose seized the opportunity, adding, “Our audiences will love the show and seeing these four major talents come together as a red-hot rock n’ roll band for one unforgettable night is just that.”

On December 4, 1956, four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. “Million Dollar Quartet” brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "That's All Right," "Sixteen Tons," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Who Do You Love?," "Matchbox," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Hound Dog" and more.

To purchase tickets, please visit or call 276-628-3991. Tickets for all performances begin at just $20.

About Barter Theatre

Barter Theatre, the nation’s longest running professional theatre, is located in Abingdon, Virginia. The theatre opened in 1933 during the Great Depression. Founder Robert Porterfield offered patrons admission to the theatre by bartering food and livestock. Barter Theatre was designated as the state theatre of Virginia in 1946. It exists today as one of the last year-round professional resident repertory theaters remaining in the United States. Barter Theatre is funded in part by The Virginia Commission for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts.

Barter Theatre’s 2017 season begins in February and feature the following shows:

Gilliam Stage at Barter Theatre

Mamma Mia!—Spring
A Midsummer Night’s Dream—Spring
Footloose: The Musical—Summer
The Cottage —Summer
Million Dollar Quartet—Summer
The Music Man—Fall
Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem—Fall
White Christmas—Christmas

Barter Stage II

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks—Spring
Uncanny Valley—Spring
The Savannah Sipping Society—Summer
Leaving Iowa—Summer
Ghost, Ghost, Come Out Tonight—Fall
Friendly’s Fire—Fall
Tuna Christmas—Christmas
The Santaland Diaries—Christmas