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Thursday, 26 January, 2012 11:08 AM

'Million Dollar Quartet' is spectacular at Detroit's Fisher Theatre

Photo credit: Joan Marcus

The National Tour of Million Dollar Quartet

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

DETROIT -- On the night of December 4, 1956, one man, Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records in Memphis, brought together four legendary musicians to the Sun Records studio for the greatest rock 'n' roll jam session of all time. The musical icons were Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. That night made rock 'n' roll history.

This national tour of the Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet is inspired by a true story which has become an international hit. Sam Phillips, who is considered the "Father of Rock 'n' Roll" is responsible for launching each of their careers.

The musical began with the quartet singing "Blue Suede Shoes" at the Sun Records recording studio. Phillips, who started out as a radio man from Alabama created Sun Records. At one point, RCA offered to buy Sun Records and wanted to move the headquarters to New York City. On this day, Sam was down on his luck and couldn't even buy a Christmas present for his wife, so he let RCA buy Elvis Presley for $40,000. Elvis Presley went on to the guest on The Ed Sullivan Show singing "Blue Suede Shoes," which was written by Carl Perkins.

Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins eventually decided to move on to Columbia Records. Phillips decided he couldn't leave this place. He wanted to create his own kinds of music without people telling him what to do. Jerry Lee Lewis decided to stay with Sun Records and performed his potential hit "Great Balls of Fire." "Ain't no secret, everything turned out pretty good for everyone," Phillips said. It was the last day these boys were together ever again.

The musical numbers, most of them you will easily recall, are "Who Do You Love?," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Long Tall Sally," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "Hound Dog" just to name a few.

Derek Keeling played Johnny Cash, Cody Slaughter plays Elvis Presley, Martin Kaye plays Jerry Lee Lewis, Lee Ferris plays Carl Perkins and Christopher Ryan Grant plays Sam Phillips.

The performance lasted one hour and 50 minutes with no intermission. All of them sounded like the original performers. You will be standing and singing along to these legendary songs.

This musical opens January 24 - February 5, 2012 at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit. Ticket prices range from $29 - $79. Tuesday thru Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.

OVERALL RATING: A

Ticket prices for the Detroit engagement of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET range from $29-$79 (includes parking and facility fees) and are now on sale at the Fisher Theatre box office and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets are also available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.BroadwayinDetroit.com, and by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-982-2787. Limited premium seats are available at the box office only. For group sales (12 or more) please email groups@broadwayindetroit.com or call (313) 871-1132. For additional information, call (313) 872-1000 or visit www.BroadwayinDetroit.com.

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Photo credit: Joan Marcus

Derek Keeling as Johnny Cash in The National Tour of Million Dollar Quartet.

 

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