Milion Dollar Quartet

On December 4, 1956 in the studio of Sun Records, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash got together to play some music. This show recreates that night and tells the story of Sam Phillips, one of the original Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, who  discovered and recorded all four.

The Orpheum theatre in Phoenix is a fascinating place architecturally so the trip to downtown Phoenix was worth the drive. And the show was fun, too. One member of our group felt that the story got in the way of the music, two of us thought it was interesting, and all of us thought that the four probably did their best music after the December 4, 1956 date. This was reinforced by the encore, which had all the best numbers. A fun evening but not great theatre.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Milion Dollar Quartet

  1. keithhpotter says:

    Jukebox musicals generally leave me wishing for the originals, and this show was no exception. Although the recording of the actual “Million Dollar Quartet ” session is not worth listening to, the individual artists have much better stuff out there. The best performance in this show was from Jackey Good, who played “Dyanne”. As she didn’t have the burden of trying to imitate anyone, she was just able to sing naturally.
    This was fun as a night out, and the theatre was neat, but the show was not worth the price.

    One exception to my negative view of Jukebox musicals: Jersey Boys – despite, or perhaps because, I am not a big fan of the Four Seasons.

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