A new stage musical about Elvis Presley's early life called Heartbreak Hotel will premiere on August 30 at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine. The production was written and directed by Floyd Mutrux, co-creator of Million Dollar Quartet, the hit Broadway musical inspired by Presley's famous 1956 jam session with fellow Sun Records artists Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash.
Heartbreak Hotel serves as a sequel to Million Dollar Quartet and focuses on Presley's rise to superstardom. The new musical was developed by EPE in partnership with Heartbreak King Productions, which was founded by Mutrux and a number of Tony Award-winning producers. The production dramatizes an 18-month period in Presley's life during which he works on his first recordings with help from Sun Records' Sam Phillips, and his longtime manager Col. Tom Parker begins to guide his career. The show features a variety of classic Elvis hits, as well as other memorable early rock 'n' roll tunes, including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Tutti Frutti" and "Shake, Rattle and Roll."
"Floyd has created another incredible musical with this rich piece of rock 'n' roll history and the greatest music ever recorded," says Heartbreak Hotel co-producer Scott Prisand. "We can't wait to debut this show at Ogunquit and then tour it around the world." Heartbreak Hotel is scheduled to run to September 30.