Farmers Alley Theatre

Jeremy Daniel

The Farmers Alley Theatre production of Million Dollar Quartet, which opens on December 2 at the Little Theatre, is based on the true-life story of four soon-to-be legends meeting as a group for the first time. The place was Sam Phillips' Sun Records in Memphis. The date was December 4, 1956. And the musicians were Johnny Cash, age 24; Elvis Presley, age 21, Carl Perkins, age 24, and Jerry Lee Lewis, age 21.  

Producer Sam Phillips was able to get the superstar Presley, newly-minted star Cash, Rockabilly’s frontman Perkins, and a then-unknown Lewis to lay down tracks deep into the night.  Million Dollar Quartet takes that premise and explores the personal stories and interactions between the four musicians, the producer, and Elvis' girlfriend. Scott Moreau, who has played the role of Johnny Cash in the national touring production over 800 times, is directing the Farmers Alley run. Kalamazoo native Nat Zegree, now living in New York, is playing Jerry Lee Lewis and music directing the show. They discuss their roles in a conversation with deputy director Rob Weiner and Cara Lieurance.


From left to right: Actors Damien Seperi, Bianca Washington, Mitchell Koory, Kate Thomsen
Katherine Nofs

“It’s intense, it’s psychological, it’s honest, it’s forthright and provocative," says D. Terry Williams, director of Farmers Alley Theatre’s production of Disgraced. The play opens Friday, November 4th at Western Michigan University's Little Theatre.

Williams says it’s the Michigan premiere for the Pulitzer Prize winning play. 


courtesy of Encore Magazine / encorekalamazoo.com

Farmers Alley Theatre, which was founded by four theater veterans - Adam Weiner, Rob Weiner, Jeremy Koch, and Denene Mulay Koch - begins its ninth season on September 30. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Rob Weiner and Jeremy Koch say their mission to produce thought-provoking, entertaining live theater in an intimate setting has expanded. Four years ago, the theater began an association with the Actor's Equity Association, the professional union for actors on Broadway and other major theater centers. This has allowed local casts to mix with seasoned professionals.


Adam Mayer

Spamalot, the 2005 Broadway musical comedy based on the 1975 film Monty Python And The Holy Grail, goes up Friday at the Farmers Alley Theatre. Starring Dirk Lumbard as King Arthur, and Jamila Sabares-Klemm as the Lady of the Lake, it's helmed by director/choreographer Stephen Brotebeck, a San Diego-based alumnus of Western Michigan University.


courtesy Farmers Alley Theatre

A Man Of No Importance drops us into the world of theatre-loving Alfie Byrne, a bus conductor in 1964 Dublin, Ireland, whose love of Oscar Wilde's plays will have consequences for everyone on his route. His plan to mount Wilde's racy play Salome at his church puts Byrne and his collaborators on a collision course with harsh reality.


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