South Coast Repertory’s Million Dollar Quartet and San Juan Capistrano

South Coast Repertory's Production of Million Dollar Theatre
Billy Rude, Armando Gutierrez, Rustin Cole Sailors and Chris Clark. Photo by Jenny Graham/SCR.

South Coast Repertory’s “Million Dollar Quartet”

Show: On Dec. 4, 1956, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins gathered for one night to play music and ended up making history. This Tony Award-nominated musical takes us inside one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions ever recorded with four legendary musicians doing what they loved most: expressing life’s joy and sadness through song. Described as “dazzling” by New York Magazine and “wildly entertaining” by Hollywood ReporterMillion Dollar Quartet will have you rocking down memory lane with more than 20 chart-topping hits like “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line” and “Who Do You Love.” – Description from SCR
Running time: Approximately one hour and 40 minutes with no intermission.

Previews: July 30-Aug. 4, 2022
First Night: Aug .5, 2022
Regular Performances: Aug. 6-21, 2022
Buy Tickets Online: Here
SCR Box Office Hours at the Mission: 6 p.m.–8 p.m. on performance nights only. Look for staff in SCR logo attire and name badges to assist you.
Location:
Mission San Juan Capistrano 26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675.

Cast: Featuring: Chris Clark, Armando Gutierrez, Corey Jones, Michelle Lauto, Israel López Reyes, Billy Rude, Rustin Cole Sailors, Wyatt Wireman

SCR Million Dollar Quartet
Photo by Jenny Graham/SCR.
Million Dollar Quarter SCR
Photo by Jenny Graham/SCR.

Have a Picnic!!

It is a rare treat when you can enjoy a stellar musical performance outside and bring your own food to have a picnic! Scroll below for some restaurant and takeout options. Sit underneath the stars and watch the stars on stage bring to life the iconic voices and stories of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis. I so enjoyed getting to the Mission San Juan Capistrano at 6:30pm before the performance began!

Seating
  • Premium seating sections—chairs are provided.
  • Quads A and B Regular Lawn Seating—you bring your own blanket. No chairs.
  • Quads C and D—you bring your own blanket or lawn chair to sit on.

Food & Beverages

In addition to restaurant take out, you may bring your own food and drink to the Mission, including alcoholic beverages. Coolers may not exceed 2ft X 2ft in size, and tables are not allowed. All coolers, baskets, bags, etc. need to be small in order not to block any walkways. No barbecue grills, catering services, umbrellas, and tiki torches. Water, soft drinks, and a limited selection of snacks will be available for purchase at Mission San Juan Capistrano.  Look for the concessions table near Quad C. (More information Here)

South Coast Repetory Theatre Million Dollar Quartet Picnic Setup by Entertainment and Style
South Coast Repetory Theatre Million Dollar Quartet Picnic Setup by Entertainment and Style
South Coast Repetory Theatre Million Dollar Quartet Picnic Setup by Entertainment and Style
South Coast Repetory Theatre Million Dollar Quartet Picnic Setup by Entertainment and Style
South Coast Repetory Theatre Million Dollar Quartet Picnic Setup by Entertainment and Style
South Coast Repetory Theatre Million Dollar Quartet Picnic Setup by Entertainment and Style

Picnic Style Items: 

Plates: 10.5″ Plastic Dinner Plate – Room Essentials™ (Click Here)
Bento Boxes: Plastic Bento Box with Utensil – Room Essentials™ (Click Here)
Salad Bowl: Salad Bento Box – Room Essentials™ (Click Here)
Lemonade: Belvoir Fruit Farms Elderflower and Rose Lemonade 750ml (Click Here)
Glasses: 7.5oz Double Banded Glass Drinkware Short – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia (Click Here)
Picnic Blanket: Waterproof Picnic Blanket, Extra Large Sandproof Beach Blanket (Click Here)
Mini Plant Vase: Faux Mini Variegated Hoya Stem Glass Arrangement  (Click Here)
Basket:  Wire Stackable Storage Basket Gray – Pillowfort™ (Click Here)

My favorite go-to snacks or picnic items are

  • Gluten-Free and Vegan Pizza with veggies and chicken on top! So easy to carry and share!
  • A salad to share
  • Almonds, Pretzels, Popcorn, Gluten-Free Crackers
  • Grapes, Strawberries, Dark chocolate mini gems, or mini gluten-free cookies (love the Hu version)
  • Cut up veggies with hummus
  • Lemonade and Water! 🙂

1950’s Fashion and Style

White House Black Market Button Front Fit & Flare Midi Dress in Red Cherry Stripe Color
White House Black Market Button Front Fit & Flare Midi Dress in Red Cherry Stripe Color

Style Details:

  • Dress: White House Black Market Button Front Fit & Flare Midi Dress in Red Cherry Color (Click Here)

“Your casual outings just got more stylish. This red + white stripe fit and flare midi-dress has front buttons, wide shoulder-straps, and functional pockets making it the ideal day dress. Pair it with sandals or sneakers and hit the road. Fitted at the bust, relaxed through the hips, Below the knee, Sleeveless, Square neck, Fully lined

White House Black Market Button Front Fit & Flare Midi Dress - Courtney standing in front of an old fashioned cadillac

One of my favorite moments in the show is how the original photo of Elvis, Carl, Jerry, and Johnny around the piano is shown!

Photograph taken during the "Million Dollar Quartet" session (December 4, 1956)

Places to Eat before the show or Get Takeout

Mayfield San Juan Capistrano, Lack of Color Sirerra Rose Hat, Free People Ribbed Tank Top
Mayfield Restaurant in San Juan Capistrano Brunch grain bowls with added salmon and chicken

Mayfield Restaurant and Marketplace

One of my favorite places in San Juan Capistrano is Mayfield – Modern CA Restaurant 
Modern Californian restaurant with a Mediterranean influence, based in historic downtown San Juan Capistrano

Address: 31761 Camino Capistrano Suite 5-6, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 10 am -2:30 pm
Happy Hour: Wednesday – Sunday
2:30pm – 4:30pm
Evening: Tuesday – Sunday (Reservations only for the evening)
5:00 pm – till late (last walk-ins at 8:15 pm)
Menu Favorites: Made to be shared, their food is designed to be experienced and enjoyed together.

  • Baba Ganoush: Smoked eggplant puree (VE,GF,DF) and Hummus With za’atar and EVOO (VE,GF,DF)
  • Daytime: Grain Bowl with Brown rice, poached egg, japanese sweet potato, cauliflower, mushroom, leafy greens, avocado & crushed hazelnuts (V,DF,GF) *Add on salmon or chicken
  • Drinks:
    Golden Latte: Turmeric, ginger, cinnamon & organic coconut blossom sugar (coffee free!)

Atmosphere: Casual and relaxed with great design elements from the pink and green cups and accents, hanging green plants, and natural light coming through massive windows that can open up to fresh air.

Style Details: 

Hat: Lack of Color Sierra Rose Hat (Click Here)
Tank Top: Free People Solid Rib Tank Top in Green Moss (Click Here)

Mayfield San Juan Capistrano Exterior
Image by Design Co: Studio Saint
Mayfield San Juan Capistrano Interior
Image by Design Co: Studio Saint

Other Favorite Dining Options Before the Show:

  • Bueno Bueno Mexican Kitchen 
    26762 Verdugo St C,
    San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
    (949) 388-4588
    SCR Special Offer: Receive 10% off your purchase of food and non-alcoholic beverages for dine-in and take-out.  Curbside pickup is available.
    Courtney’s Personal Menu Favorites: The food is so good here! The bowls give you ample portions, so you can even split it if you would like!
    Los Rios Bowl: Quinoa – refried black beans – Mexican rice – iceberg – cheddar – queso asadero – roasted cauliflower – peppers – sweet potatoes y guac – Jalapeno olive oil y pineapple white balsamic vinegar (Add protein +5.50)
    Atmosphere: I love how causal Bueno Bueno is and their outdoor patio. Order at the counter, take your number, and find your own seat! It is located right next to the parking structure and where the train arrives and departs.
  • Ellie’s Table at Egan House
    31892 Camino Capistrano
    San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
    (949) 558-5310
    SCR Special Offer: Free Ellie’s Table coffee or cookie (chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, white chunk macadamia nut, oatmeal raisin)  with proof of ticket.
    Atmosphere: Casual, Order at the counter, get a number and find a seat inside or outside on the porch area. They have a case for you to see their deserts and sandwiches visually while you are in line. Their area is nice and bright, with a breeze blowing through this historical location. There is a very small parking lot in the back or find parking in the surrounding areas. They do lovely matcha or coffee designs in their blue mugs!
  • Ciao Pasta Trattoria 
    31661 Camino Capistrano,  San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
    Menu: Pizzas and pastas  have gluten-free available options
    This restaurant is really close walking distance to the Mission San Juan Capistrano
  • Sundried Tomato Cafe “31781 Camino Capistrano San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
    (949) 661-1167
    SCR Special Offer: Receive 10% off your purchase of food and non-alcoholic beverages for dine-in and take out. Reservations recommended for Dine-in
    Courtney’s Personal Menu Favorites: I love how this menu clearly labels what is gluten-free including their daily soup selections! I love the fresh Atlantic salmon filet with a peppered mustard glaze, quinoa, and vegetables.
    San Juan Bowl: spinach, strawberries, blueberries, dried cranberries, candied pecans, cucumber, asiago, avocado, quinoa, hearts of palm, “We Olive” meyer lemon organic olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette (add chicken on top). They also have gluten-free penne.
    Atmosphere: Another historical building with options to eat outside or inside. I would park in the parking structure next to the train depot.
  • Trevors at the Tracks 
    26701 Verdugo St.  San Juan Capistrano 92675
    (949) 493-9593
    Courtney’s Personal Menu Favorites: This menu clearly labels what food is gluten-free, vegetarian, and /or vegan.
    NO LETTUCE Salad: Heirloom Tomatoes | Snap Peas | Asparagus | Cucumbers | Carrots | Broccolini | Avocado | Radish | Garden Herb Vinaigrette and the SALMON OF CAPISTRANO Miso Honey Glaze | Saké Beurre Blanc | Bok Choy & Cauliflower Rice Blend (I get it minus the sake beurre blanc for the dairy in it)
    Atmosphere: I love the live music that plays on the extensive outdoor patio at night and how you can see the train pass by through the large windows in one area of the restaurant. There is a parking lot right in front where you pay by numbered space or park in the nearby parking structure for free!

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