by Brian Robin
Director James Moye Brings ‘Million Dollar’ Experience
When SCR Artistic Director David Ivers began searching for a director to helm Outside SCR’s production of Million Dollar Quartet, marking this summer’s return to the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano, the choice provided him one of the easiest executive decisions he’s faced in some time.
All it took was one glimpse at James Moye’s considerable resume and experience with the book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, original concept and direction by Mutrux and Ivers knew he found the perfect fit.
Moye’s “Million Dollar” experience began with playing music impresario Sam Phillips in the 2011-12 off-Broadway production. It segued into directing the 2016 Flat Rock Playhouse production at that North Carolina theatre. Last summer, Moye directed Million Dollar Quartet at the Mill Mountain Theatre in his native Virginia.
Outside of Escott and Mutrux, there’s no one who knows their way around the fictional Sun Records better than Moye.
“Jim has acted in 11 musicals on Broadway, including the off-Broadway production of Million Dollar Quartet,” Ivers said. “He is part of a small handful of collaborators who’ve directed Million Dollar Quartet across the country. In addition to being an exceptional multi-disciplinary artist, he especially knows his way around a musical. I am certain our audiences will find his production of Million Dollar Quartet at Mission San Juan Capistrano a complete delight.”
Moye’s theatre acting credits also include the Broadway or off-Broadway productions of Tootsie, Dear Evan Hansen, Aladdin, On the 20th Century, Bullets Over Broadway, Ragtime, A Tale of Two Cities, The Full Monty and Urinetown.
Casting continues for Million Dollar Quartet, which runs July 30-August 21 at Mission San Juan Capistrano.