Million Dollar Quartet Brings The Story Of American Music To Broadway
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If you have any love for music then you will enjoy Million Dollar Quartet but if names like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins stoke your passion then you will love the new Broadway musical. The production is quickly gaining much attention on Broadway and has become, as expected, the big smash opening for the spring. The Nederlander Theatre is hosting the musical which opened on April 11, 2010 for an open-ended run and is gaining an audience through strong reviews from top critics.
Centered around a one-off jam session of biblical proportion, Million Dollar Quartet tells the story of Sam Phillips dream to get the talent he discovered together for an impromptu recording. Mr. Phillips would eventually take on the name "Father Of Rock 'N' Roll" for not only finding the biggest names in music's exploration period but for recording some of the most significant songs of American music history. His small storefront shop in Memphis, Tennessee would become the legendary Sun Records and this single recording session would be respected as the greatest jam of all time.
Thanks, mainly in part by the praise from top critics for the productions score audiences have been filling the Nederlander each night. The main cast is making their Broadway debuts and each have strong musical backgrounds, even playing their own instruments. Though they are newcomers to Broadway, they bring great energy to the stage, competent acting skills, and they really are great musicians. Hunter Foster plays the role of Sam Phillips, which is a non-singing part who jumps into the songs as the means of narrating just how he discovered each of the legendary singers and where their talent's led them afterward.
While there is much similarity in themes, place and time period between" Million Dollar Quartet " and the popular musical "Memphis" also playing on Broadway, each depicts a different story. Many may argue that "Memphis" is the better show to see but the piece of history which "Million Dollar Quartet" is covering will make it a huge draw for all fans of music and of course any fans of these four icons. The story of Sun Records, Sun Recording sessions and Sam Phillips have been covered in depth through many mediums but the exploration of the "greatest jam session" in the form of a musical is greatly entertaining.
Eddie Clendening plays a very likable Elvis; Lance Guest takes on Mr. Cash, Robert Britton Lyons tackles the respected guitar work of Carl Perkins and Levi Kreis masterful piano playing will satisfy even the most stubborn Jerry Lee Lewis fans. Songs include "Blue Suede Shoes," "Who Do You Love?," "Great Balls of Fire," "I Walk the Line," "Folsom Prison Blues," and "Whole Lotta' Shakin' Goin' On." as well as many other popular hits. Eric Schaeffer does a fine job as director for the production by keeping things moving right into the climatic Rock "N' Roll ending. Million Dollar Quartet tickets are currently on sale so get a seat and be taken back into some of music's greatest history. You can View Our Great Selection Of Million Dollar Quartet Tickets Online by clicking the link.
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