Million Dollar Quartet is the fictionalised story of the final time Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins were ever in the same room at the same time, at the infamous Sun Records. The meeting was bitter sweet, as the end of one era gave way to another.
And what a final meeting it was, engineered by producer and label owner Sam Phillips, “the man who created rock ‘n’ roll”, who introduced the world to these four up and coming stars.
The story is a fitting and endearing tribute to the moment and the era that it represents, presented by one of the most musically talented casts on tour right now.
Jason Donovan as Sam Phillips is perfect in his sophisticated portrayal of the hot-shot producer, his character being very much the anchor of the story played in a way that only a seasoned professional of his ilk could deliver.
The cast as a whole are exceptionally talented both musically and in their portrayal of the characters from the era. You will be left stunned at the jaw dropping ability of these actor-musicians to authentically deliver these classic numbers live on stage, each playing their own instrument whilst firmly in character.
The dialogue is slow moving and there are moments in the show where it feels as if it isn’t really going anywhere at all. Having said that, the show is based on the events of one evening and is very much led by the music rather than an explosive story line.
Particular highlights include Ashley Carruthers as Jerry Lee Lewis, his exceptional piano playing and his characterisation of one of the funniest and likeable characters on stage.
Fans of any of the four artists will particularly enjoy this show, as it is an authentic representation of the music and story behind that legendary final meeting. The concert style finale featuring a number of their greatest hits is an uplifting and fitting end to the show.
A hard-working and capable cast present a thoroughly entertaining throw back and fans of this era will certainly not be disappointed.
Million Dollar Quartet plays the Liverpool Empire until Saturday 18th February before continuing on its UK tour. Tickets are available from www.atgtickets.com/liverpool