Review by Allison G.
Music, excitement and humor… What more can you ask for from the cast of “Million Dollar Quartet”? Set in Memphis at Sun Records on December 4, 1956, Sam Phillips reminisces about the night Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley came together for the ultimate jam session. This session produced an album, and they were coined as the Million Dollar Quartet.
The show begins with the four of them performing Carl Perkins’ hit “Blue Suede Shoes.” Vince Nappo (expertly playing the role of Sam Phillips) enters the stage smoking a cigarette and introduces each musician as they stand frozen in a pose. He then sets the stage for the whole show.
As each of the musicians comes on stage and enters the recording studio stage set, Sam Phillips reminisces about when and how he first met each of them. Throughout the show, more is revealed about each of them (Elvis had a twin brother who died at birth; Jerry Lee Lewis wanted to be a preacher). The actors, playing each of their respected musicians, sing a few songs solo and some as a group as the story unfolds. Elvis’ girlfriend Dyanne (Kelly Lamont) is also able to showcase her talent and beautiful, soulful voice on “Fever” and “I Hear You Knocking.”