Why See Million Dollar Quartet?
The biggest rock 'n'roll band that never was
Million Dollar Quartet returns to London for the Christmas season as part of its UK tour, starring actor-singer Martin Kemp as Sam Phillips! The Tony Award-winning jukebox musical is a staged recreation of the famed jam session between four of music's most extraordinary talents - Elvis Presley, Jonny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. This smash-hit musical is not just an electrifying performance of some of the golden eras most memorable songs, but a unique glance into the lives and personalities of people known only through musical fame, revealing not only passions, friendships and fame, but jealousy and questionable loyalties.
WHAT IS MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET ABOUT?
On 4 December 1956, in a time of musical metamorphosis, a remarkable thing happened. Four young musicians gathered together at Sun Studios in Memphis for the first (and only) time in their careers. Elvis Presley, Jonny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, who had all been discovered by the founder of Sun Records, Sam Phillips, are brought together to make music and lively conversation.
After being launched into musical stardom by Sun Records, Elvis had since departed. Cash was a fast-rising star, but was torn between gospel and pop. Perkins, harbouring more than a little resentment about his "Blue Suede Shoes", is hunting for his next hit; and wild and cocky Jerry, the youngest of the four, is Sam Phillips' most recent signing. Tales of how each artist reached that point and what is planned for the future unravel in an explosive evening, and what began as a simple recorded jam session turned out to be one of the most prominent nights in rock 'n roll history. .
Previews from: 8 February 2011
Opening night: 28 February 2011
Recommended age for children is 8 years and up.
90 minutes with no intermission
Cast and Creative
Martin Kemp as Sam Phillips
Martin Kaye as Jerry-Lee Lewis
Robbie Durham as Johnny Cash
Ross William Wild as Elvis Presley
Matt Wycliffe as Carl Perkins
Katie Ray as Dyanne.
Written by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux
Produced by Simon Friend and Mark Goucher
Designed by David Farley
Lighting design by David Howe
Directed by Ian Talbot
What we thought
Entertaining thrilling ENJOYABLE
The vitality of the music far outshines the storyline.
You don't have lived through the 50s to enjoy Million Dollar Quartet, it's a musical with enough energy and charisma to thrill all.Read full review
What you thought
21 reviews, average rating: (4.1 Stars)
We saw this show last year in Chicago. It is truly magnificent. Poignant,... more
The whole show rocks from start to finish.Very talented musicians and is... more
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