This coming-of-age story is set in Memphis during the tumultuous early days of the civil rights movement, and tells the untold true story of nothing less than the birth of rock 'n' roll. Guided by Sam Phillips, young musicians like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis combined the styles of hillbilly country with the 1950s R&B sound created by artists like Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Fats Domino and Ike Turner, and changed the course of music forever. The series chronicles these young artists' often jarring and sudden meteoric rise to fame in the face of sweeping political change and social unrest.
The cast includes Drake Milligan as young Elvis Presley, Kevin Fonteyne ("Masters of Sex," "Melissa & Joey") as Johnny Cash, Chad Michael Murray ("Agent Carter," "Outlaws and Angels" and "Texas Rising") as Sun Records founder and Memphis rock pioneer Sam Phillips, twins Christian Lees ("Tale of Tales," "Parents") and Jonah Lees ("Tale of Tales," "Eric & Ernie") as cousins Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart, respectively, Billy Gardell ("Mike & Molly) as Colonel Tom Parker, Keir O'Donnell ("Fargo") as Dewey Phillips, Trevor Donovan ("Texas Rising," "90210") as Eddy Arnold, Jennifer Holland as Sam's wife Becky Phillips, and Margaret Anne Florence as Sam's assistant Marion Keisker.
"Million Dollar Quartet" is produced by Thinkfactory Media's Leslie Greif ("Hatfields & McCoys") and directed by Oscar nominee Roland Joffé