Million Dollar Quartet Review

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Nederlander Theater

208 West 41st Street

90 minutes no intermission

April 11, 2010 (Open-Ended)

Broadway Musical

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Million Dollar Quartet is probably the most anticipated new musical on Broadway this spring. The big draw to the show comes from the characters as well as the score. Let's face it, if you are going to have any show with the name Elvis Presley in it will get big attention. If that one name is not big enough then surely such names as Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins will grab the majority's attention. These are the biggest names in American music history and singer/songwriters of epic proportions.

The Story

While these huge names have generated buzz along Broadway as well as the score or really set list has there is more. The Million Dollar Quartet review for the Broadway production is very positive. Perhaps the most fascinating and intriguing part of the musical is its backdrop. The storyline is following one night in which the legendary producer Sam Phillips could get each of the singers he founded back to his Sun Records studio for a recording session. Most pop and rock music scholars are swell aware of Mr. Phillips, his storefront Memphis studio, the talent he discovered as well as the memorable hit songs he produced. He has been coined the name the "Father of Rock 'n' Roll," and for those that were unaware will certainly have understanding after watching. The recording session would later come to be considered one of the greatest jam sessions in the entire history of music.

The Million Dollar Quartet review then goes on with the story. The musical production covers the hit songs of each of the artists while telling a narrative story behind each hit song. Sam Phillips's character played by Brian McCaskill breaks from the songs to tell of how he discovered each of the singers and where their careers went after he was no longer recording them. The viewer can enjoy the great songs as well as get insight into the history of the singers, musical styles and genres they covered. At this time period, each of these artists was quite different and in their prime and all four were at a point of great creative experimentation within their music. No doubt for fans of music and especially any fans of these artists will learn something new and be greatly entertained.

The cast for the Million Dollar Quartet review is a wonderful delight. Each is making their Broadway musical debut's but one would never suspect they were not Broadway veterans. Their acting is top-notch but more impressive is their music talents. Each plays their own instruments with confidence, skill and passion, which bring the show alive with Rock 'N' Roll energy one would hope to get from the show. Songs include 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."

Eric Schaeffer is handling the directors sit for the production which features a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux. Chuck Mead is behind all the musical arrangements and supervision. The great cast includes Lance Guest as Johnny Cash, Levi Kreis as Jerry Lee Lewis, Rob Lyons as Carl Perkins, Eddie Glendening as Elvis Presley, Brian McCaskill as Sam Phillips. If looking for a Million Dollar Quartet review wondering if this is a musical that you must see it will come down to if you love the music, the singers and stories backdrop. If the answer is yes to any of those questions then you are sure to find great entertainment and even some education in this exciting new Broadway musical.

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