Saturday, March 13, 2010

New Musical Million Dollar Quartet Now In Previews

Fresh from a successful run in the Windy City is Million Dollar Quartet. This new musical based on the famous jam session between Elvis Presley,Carl Perkins,Jerry Lee Lewis,and Johnny Cash begins previews tonight at the Nederlander Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for April 11. Eddie Clendening(Elvis),Lance Guest(Cash),Levi Kreis(Lewis)and Rob Lyons(Perkins),who all appeared in the Chicago cast, will re-create their work for the New York production.

Here is brief description of the show from a production source."On Dec. 4, 1956 an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash,Jerry Lee Lewis,Carl Perkins,and Elvis Presley together. The place was Sun Records' storefront studio in Memphis. The man who made it happen was Sam Phillips, the 'Father of Rock 'n' Roll,' who discovered them all. The four legends-to-be united for the only time in their careers for an impromptu recording that has come to be known as one of the greatest rock jam sessions of all time. . . . Million Dollar Quartet captures the infectious spirit, freewheeling excitement and thrilling sounds of a singular moment when four of the music industry's most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, came together for one of the most memorable nights in music history."

Some of the songs featured in the shows are Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "Sixteen Tons," "Who Do You Love?," "Great Balls of Fire," "Riders in the Sky," "I Walk the Line," "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On." Now I personally am looking forward to seeing it and think that there is a big audience for this show. If reviews are good I expect this show to be a sleeper hit. We shall see. Until next time theatre fans.

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