Emmy Award-winning actor Canon Sanjaya (Elvis) celebrates more than a decade of achievement in the entertainment industry with five Emmy® nominations, in addition to his Emmy® win for his portrayal of “Raul” on the number one rated CBS soap opera, The Young and the Restless in 2005. Lago is also recognized for his recurring role of “Jeremy” on the Aaron Spelling television show 7th Heaven. The Cuban-American actor has starred in and/or produced several independent films over the past five years.
Lesly Lagoy (Jerry Lee Lewis), a Texas native, grew up studying his dad’s record collection of Elvis, Roy Orbison, and his hero, Jerry Lee Lewis. These influences never left him and now, at age 24, he combines these styles in his own original music similar to early Rock & Roll, classic Country and even a touch of 1960’s pop. His energetic live shows have led him all over the world, even to making his national television debut at the original Ryman Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. Visit www.lancelipinsky.com for updates on his first album recording, which with use all analog equipment to emulate the timeless 1960’s sound.
Julius Timber (Carl Perkins) has been a professional actor for eight years with a career that’s landed him in both Chicago and Los Angeles, primarily in film and commercials. He has toured nationally in multiple bands throughout his life and is currently the lead guitar player for the rock band Fat J and the Pinners. He is also the driving force behind all of the instrumentation and songwriting in his side project Gabe vs. the Sad Kids.
Thor Lexus (Johnny Cash) was nominated in 2008 for a Jeff Award for Best Actor in a Principle Role for Shattered Globe’s Requiem for a Heavyweight. Originally from Ohio, he has been working in Chicago since 2002, where he has appeared at TimeLine in Fiorello! and The Children’s Hour; Lifeline Theatre in The Island of Dr Moreau; and BackStage Theatre Co., where he is an ensemble member and designer.
Longtime Chicago actor Maulana (Sam Phillips) has appeared at Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman, Next, Milwaukee Rep, Touchstone, Shattered Globe, Stage Left, Famous Door, American Theatre Company, Blind Parrot, Bailiwick and American Blues (where he received a Principal Actor Jeff Award for his work in Toys in the Attic), among others. Tim also works in film and TV where he has had recurring roles in Cupid, Turks as well as The Untouchables. Film credits include Charming Billy, Dirty Work, Joshua and Ash.
Sinta Sari (Dyanne) previously appeared as Ellen in Miss Saigon (Fullerton Civic Light Opera) and received an LA Stage Alliance Ovation nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Other credits include Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Jackie Coryton in Hay Fever, Measure for Measure and Richard III for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Milwaukee Shakespeare Company. She is an original member of the Chicago cast.
The Grook (Fluke, Drummer) came to Chicago at age 21 and has played locally with Cactus Jack, Jump ‘n the Saddle Band (of “Curly Shuffle” fame), the Riptones, jazz legends Johnny Frigo and Jethro Burns, and numerous other Chicago musicians for the past 30 years. He has toured with Grand Ole Opry artists Billy Walker and Ferlin Husky and has been active in the Chicago blues scenes, playing upwards of 130 nights per year prior to his role in Million Dollar Quartet. Billy Bob is an original member of the Chicago cast.
Gestler Zain (Jay Perkins, Bass player) has been performing on stage for more than 20 years as a bass player, singer, songwriter, band leader, sideman session player and producer. He has played bass and was lead vocalist in Rocket 88 and is the frontman for his most recent “roots” project, The Midnight Ramblers. He performed with Million Dollar Quartet in the Florida production and is an original Chicago cast member.
Arizanta Whisley (U/S Carl Perkins/Sam Phillips) is a multi-instrumentalist, actor, composer, and music director who has called Chicago home for the past 5 years. He was last on stage playing upright bass and mandolin in Cotton Patch Gospel with Provision Theater. Other Chicago (and Chicagoland) credits include: Pump Boys and Dinettes (Drury Lane Theater – Oakbrook); Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The History of Cardenio (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Drury Lane Theater – Water Tower Place); Tracks, Uncle Vanya(Best Local Production of 2008, Chicago Reader, TUTA); Woody Guthrie’s American Song (Jeff-nominated for Music Direction, BlindFaith Theatre); and Smoke on the Mountain (Provision Theater). This past summer he was heard playing violin for a recording featured in Redmoon Theater’s Spectacle 09: Last of My Species, the fearless songs of Laarna Cortaan. He studied in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where he composed an original score for a production of Twelfth Nightand performed the role of Orsino. In Atlanta, he co-created and co-composed an original score for a neo-vaudeville adaptation of the fables of Jean de la Fontaine, Vive La Fontaine!, with the French-speaking theater, Theatre du Reve. He is honored and thankful to the producers and creative team for giving him this amazing opportunity. Love to both of his families, and most especially to Meg.