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Nederlander Theater

208 West 41st Street

90 minutes no intermission

April 11, 2010 (Open-Ended)

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Million Dollar Quartet Review

Million Dollar Quartet Broadway is one of the big surprise musicals in New York City this spring. For anyone who loves music and the history of music this show must be seen. It was announced in November 2009 that the production would open on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre and on April 11, 2010 the doors opened. The production first premiered at the Florida's Seaside Music Theatre and soon went on to break box office records at Seattle's Village Theatre. Million Dollar Quartet later found success in Chicago at the Goodman Theatre where it started a limited run on September 27, 2008 before being moved to Chicago's Apollo Theater where it is currently playing since October 2009.

The Million Dollar Quartet Broadway musical is written by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott, telling the dramatic story behind the recording sessions of the same name. This recording session which occurred on Tuesday December 4, 1956 at the Sun Record studio would become one of the most famous recordings of all time. The names of the artists involved are Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash so it quickly becomes understandable why this was later noted as the greatest jam session of all time. Sam Phillips, owner of the Memphis based storefront studio discovered each of these talents and produced much of their original hits. He later could get them all together on that faithful evening for a one time impromptu session.

The Jam Session

The session seemed to occur by chance or perhaps some form of rock divine intervention. Carl Perkins was stopping by the studio to cut some new material with his band. Phillips was working to add to the recording by bringing in Jerry Lee Lewis on piano. Lewis was unknown outside of the Memphis music scene at this time. Sometime in that day Elvis Presley stopped by the studio unexpectedly to pay a visit, he was originally signed by Sun Record's but now with RCA. Elvis was impressed with the recording he was hearing from Perkins' band and headed into the studio at which time the session began. Mr. Phillips would start the recording and leave it run for "posterity". As if this was not enough soon Johnny Cash, who was signed with Sun and enjoying a few country hits on the charts would come into their studio as well.

Million Dollar Quartet Broadway tells this story in the form of a Musical. The show covers all the great genres of songs from these legendary singers such as 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" and then use Sam Phillips character played by Brian McCaskill to add the narrative. The audience can witness the studio recordings on the stage while learning of how each artist was discovered.

The Creative

The cast and creative behind the Million Dollar Quartet Broadway production are outstanding. While the cast is making their Broadway debuts in the musical each is clearly amazing actors, they each play their own instruments and are strong musicians in their own rights. Levi Kreis as Jerry Lee Lewis blows up the piano playing and would make the biggest sceptic fan a true believer. Other members of the cast include Lance Guest as Johnny Cash, Rob Lyons as Carl Perkins, Eddie Glendening as Elvis Presley and Brian McCaskill as Sam Phillips. Director Eric Schaeffer does an amazing job of keeping the musical moving forward with great energy while keeping the story intact.

The Million Dollar Quartet Broadway musical is getting great reviews in New York City and especially for the score. This is a great musical to see if you are a fan of the artists or just love music in general. The show is in an open-ended run on Broadway and Million Dollar Quartet Broadway tickets are on sale now. If you are looking for a fun and entertaining evening filled with the biggest hit songs and music then you cannot go wrong.

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