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A must see says WOR’s Dave Richardson

Million Dollar Quartet

Review airing on WOR Radio 710 on Monday April 12th, 2010

David Richardson   Theater Critic for WOR Radio 710

Joe do you love rock and roll and I mean rock and roll as we all remember it ? Well if you do you must run over to the Nederlander Theater on West 41st street and see Million Dollar quartet which opened last night. It’s great fun and you; have a chance to hear all the great songs you have always associated with Rock and Roll

The story which is about the fictionalized…although I’ve been guaranteed it was real…meeting of  4 of the greatest stars of the era and how they spent one afternoon in 1956 together at the bequest of the head of Sun Records Sam Philips. The four were Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley and their likenesses in this terrific show are all more than first rate. They sing just about every song from the era of rock and roll including such famous ones as Blue Suede Shoes, I’ll Walk the Line, Sixteen Tons, Long Tall Sally, Hound Dog and Great Balls of Fire and would you believe See You Later Alligator and the cast representing the famous musicians was more than first rate.. They were christened the Million Dollar Quartet because a newspaper reporter had found out they ware getting together for a jam session and apparently stated that if the four of them performed together they would make a million dollars.

The four performers who represent the quartet are super especially Levi Kreis who plays Jerry Lee Lewis and plays the piano like no one I have ever seen. Hunter Foster plays the head of Sun Records but it’s the quartet that steals the show

The staging is small but be advised that the curtain call, featuring a “set rearrangement”, is about the best 10 minutes you will ever see on a Broadway Stage. It is the highlight of the evening and probably the musical highlight on Broadway today.

The Million Dollar quartet is really worth about 10 million and should not be missed by anyone who loves rock and roll. Super night Joe, super !

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