“Million Dollar Quartet”: From Broadway to Boston

By on October 17, 2013 in

What if I told you there was a jam session that wouldn’t make the cops show up or result in your eviction?  

On December 4, 1956, “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” Sam Phillips gathered Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis in the Memphis Studio of Sun Records for a legendary jam and recording session.

“Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations featuring timeless hits including ‘Blue Suede Shoes,’ ‘Fever,’ ‘That’s All Right,’ ‘Sixteen Tons,’ ‘Great Balls of Fire,’ ‘I Walk the Line,’ ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,’ ‘Who Do You Love?,’ ‘Matchbox,’ ‘Folsom Prison Blues,’ ‘Hound Dog’ and more.”

Under the direction of Eric Schaeffer, “Million Dollar Quartet” opened in Boston on October 8 and will run until October 20. The musical originally premiered on Broadway three years ago.

So far, “Million Dollar Quartet” has generated a positive buzz. “‘Million Dollar Quartet’ steadily wears down — or blasts through — your resistance by tapping into the rude, raw energy of early rock ’n’ roll,” Boston Globe film critic, Don Aucoin writes. “Yes, you’ve heard most of these songs a million times before, but the show reminds you why they became classics in the first place. So what you initially fear is going to be a warmed-over oldies act that trades only on musty nostalgia — rather like those painful reunion performances that periodically crop up on PBS — turns out instead to be an unexpected treat.”

“Million Dollar Quartet” plays Tuesday through Sunday. From Tuesday to Thursday, performances are at 7:30PM. On Friday nights, there is an 8:00PM performance. Finally, on Saturdays and Sundays you can catch an afternoon or evening performance. Tickets are available here at Ace!  

 

 

Photo: JEREMY DANIEL/Boston Globe

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