PNC Bank Broadway Series: Million Dollar Quartet Review
The PNC Bank Broadway Series continues to amaze me with each and every show it brings to town! Last night my dad and I went to see the newest show featured, Million Dollar Quartet! This is a new musical inspired by the famed recording session that happened on December 4, 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis. This event brought together music legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. This show lets us peak into what happened on that legendary night in the recording studio as these four young musicians jammed to hits like "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "That's All Right," "Sixteen Tons," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Who Do You Love?," "Matchbox," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Hound Dog" and more.
My dad was brought up on this kind of music and well, therefore, so was I. My dad used to sing these songs to me when I was a little girl and I grew up with great respect for icons such as Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash! The audience loved every minute of the show. People were heard tapping their feet, humming along, or just flat out hollerin’ “yeah” as a song they loved started up! It was like being at a concert of sorts, but traveling back in time. The four actors who portrayed these roles were phenomenal in making you believe you were seeing the real thing!
James Berry plays Carl Perkins and helps carry the entire show but ends on a high note with “See you later Alligator”! David Elkins is Johnny Cash and takes your breath away with his low notes, especially on “Riders in the Sky.” Cody Slaughter has all the right moves as Elvis, he dances around the stage and wiggles around just as the King of Pop did so long ago! His renditions of all the Elvis songs are right on too! I was most impressed with Ben Goddard as Jerry Lee Lewis. He provided so much comedic interplay and had so much energy you just couldn’t get enough of him. Playing the piano during the entire show, with just as much hopping pizazz as Jerry Lee himself, I got worn out just watching him! The supporting cast does a great job of rounding out this show to make it a truly interesting historical tale in just under 1 hour and 45 minutes (note: there is no intermission). Just when you think the show is over, all four don sparkling “Million Dollar” jackets and head back on to the stage to provide the audience with just a little more! We had already stood up to give them a round of applause and when they came back, no one sat back down. The entire audience stood for a good 7 minutes bopping along with the Grand Finale songs and clapping, singing, tapping our feet with each new tune! There for sure was a “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On!”
Be sure to get there to see this show this week! It is in town until Sunday, February 17 at the Kentucky Center for the Arts! This would be the prefect Valentine’s gift! Show Times: Tue-Thurs: 7:30, Fri: 8, Sat: 2 & 8, Sun: 1 & 6:30. Tickets start at just $25. For more info go to: http://www.kentuckycenter.org/Broadway/Million-Dollar-Quartet/Louisville/10096#tab-performances-link