'Million Dollar Quartet' fun for all generations
What can you expect at a night with a theater with your parents, your kids and some legendary music? A rockin' time.
Travel back to the '50s to see Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley jam out in "Million Dollar Quartet." Grandparents will love to relive their childhood, while even the kiddos will have a great time experiencing the early days of rock n' roll.
Inspired by a real-life event, the jukebox musical features when the four musicians met up in Memphis on Dec. 4, 1956. Relive the December night with hits like "Blue Suede Shoes," "Walk the Line" and "Fever" performed live on stage. Regardless with if you lived during that generation or not, you won't help but bob your head along to the entire performance.
The Marriott Theatre transforms into Sun Records, the studio where this epic recording session occurs—including a control room, instruments and other props to bring the moment to life. With set design by Jeffrey D. Kmiec, it also serves as a space for mastermind record producer Sam Phillips (David Folsom) and how he jumpstarted these young men's musical careers.
What's most impressive on stage is the actors playing the real-life music legends. They have to look, talk and sing the part. And boy, they leave the audience convinced. Presley (Rustin Cole Sailors) has a Hollywood flair as he waltzes in with singer-girlfriend Dyanne (Laura Savage) by his side. Cash (Christopher J. Essex) and Perkins (Shaun Whitley) face tension and changes in their upcoming careers. Then, there's prefame Jerry Lee Lewis (David Folsom) who is trying to stand out in a room of legends with his audacious attitude. Their chemistry doesn't fail to bring the audience to their feet by the end of the show with one grand exit.
While we know Grandma and Grandpa would love this show, don't feel hesitant to bring your children as well. Be aware that there is some mild adult language throughout the show—but what do you expect from musicians? There were only a handful of children in the audience (it was a school night, of course)—but it seems like a special family experience you don't want to miss. After all, it's rare to see multiple generations in one room rocking out to the same classic tunes.