Last Day for ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ at Mtn. Playhouse; 12 Peers Latest ‘Mythburgh’ at brillobox (Sun., 10/13/19)

Elvis back when: looking like a million. (photo: Sun Records, 1954)

Elvis back when: looking like a million. (photo: Sun Records, 1954)

1) The musical Million Dollar Quartet is set in the 1950s, when a million dollars was a lot, so ignore the fact that today it won’t buy a decent backup quarterback. The show dramatizes a legendary event in rock and country music. On December 4, 1956, four notable persons happened to show up at Sun Record Studios in Memphis: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. They met; they jammed. Tapes of the impromptu session, lost for years, were eventually found and formed a series of albums. The stage musical followed in 2006. Million Dollar Quartet fictionally re-creates the meeting and music-making of the four greats. But whereas the tapes caught them harmonizing mostly on country and gospel songs, the musical is heavy on their jukebox hits of the period: “Hound Dog” by Presley, Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes,” Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire,” etc. Mountain Playhouse, which scored with the show last year, once again presents Million Dollar Quartet at 7690 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown. 3 p.m. Ends today. (MV)

2) The Mythburgh series is a periodic getting-together of local theater artists who turn strange Pittsburgh stories into short performance pieces. The stories can be serious, illogical, true, or apocryphal; the unifying theme is that they have a mythical, urban-legend quality. Presented by 12 Peers Theater, these events occur several times per year and it’s time for another Mythburgh. 8 p.m. Tonight only. Brillobox, 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. (MV)

Sunday, October 13

Mattress Factory Free Admission: 10am – 5pm
Please join us for a free admission day! Simply stop by the museum, anytime from 10am – 5pm, and explore three buildings of installation art, including our newest exhibition, Factory Installed 2019. Singers from the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh will perform at 3pm in the garden. No reservations required.
500 Sampsonia Way (North Side) | mattress.org
Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History Free admission: 10am – 5pm
Two beloved museums under one roof! Bask in favorite works by Van Gogh, Monet, Cassatt, Rothko, and many others and enjoy hands-on art-making at Carnegie Museum of Art. See the original fossils of iconic dinosaurs and explore the world-renowned displays of gems and minerals, wildlife, Ancient Egypt, and more at Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
4400 Forbes Ave. (Oakland) | carnegiemuseums.org
Fort Pitt Museum Free Admission: 10am – 5pm
Step back in time to Pittsburgh’s birthplace at the Fort Pitt Museum in historic Point State Park. Discover the world-shaping events that occurred right here in Western Pennsylvania.
601 Commonwealth Place, Building B (Point State Park) | heinzhistorycenter.org/fort-pitt
Pittsburgh Youth Chorus Free Community Performance: 2pm
“It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (a winter concert preview)…hear the talented singers of PYC sprinkle a little holiday joy into your afternoon!
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral – 325 Oliver Ave (Downtown) | pittsburghyouthchorus.org