Sony/ATV Music Becomes Co-Producer, Investor of New Elvis Presley Musical
Sony/ATV Music Publishing revealed today (June 13) that it will be a co-producer and investor of the brand new Elvis Presley stage musical, Heartbreak Hotel.
The musical, written and directed by Floyd Mutrux, is a prequel to the Tony Award-winning Million Dollar Quartet. The story recounts the astonishing early life of Presley, whose pioneering recordings with record producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records propelled Presley to worldwide fame.
Sony/ATV has also agreed to license to Heartbreak Hotel more than a dozen songs recorded by Presley. These include some of his successful early hits, such as “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Mystery Train,” Lawdy Miss Clawdy” and “Rip It Up” as well as “Heartbreak Hotel,” Presley’s first Billboard pop No. 1.
“I am proud that Sony/ATV is now involved as a co-producer and investor of Heartbreak Hotel, which will not only serve as a fantastic reminder to everyone like me who grew up with Elvis just how unique and special he was, but will be a terrific way for a new audience to discover the music and life of The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll," said Martin Bandier, Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman and CEO.
Heartbreak Hotel Producer Scott Prisand added: “We are incredibly excited to have Marty and the Sony/ATV team on board. There is no bigger story in the history of rock ‘n’ roll than Elvis and their support will play an essential role in making Heartbreak Hotel a success."
The deal was overseen by Sony/ATV Co-President Danny Strick and SVP, Business & Legal Affairs Bruce Scavuzzo.
"Heartbreak Hotel had a record-breaking world premiere at the Ogunquit Playhouse and we’re thrilled to finally launch in Chicago. Having Floyd Mutrux, Scott Prisand and Sony/ATV as our partners gives this one-of-a-kind musical the support to become a fan favorite in theaters around the world," added Corey Salter, Authentic Brands Group president of celebrity and entertainment.