31 October to 5 November 2016
Reviewed by Lynsey Roberts
Million Dollar Quartet tells the story of the evening in 1956 when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis famously got together with Sam Phillips (Jason Donovan), the man who discovered, them in his Memphis recording studio Sun Records.
The whole production is set in Sun Records recording studio where the foursome reminisce about their lives and how they all found themselves signing for the record producer and label owner dubbed as “The Man Who Created Rock ‘n’ Roll”. There is some humour and some touching moments as the men reflect on their pasts and what they want their futures to hold while having a drink and playing some of their most famous hits.
Portraying four music legends is no mean feat but these musicians did a fantastic job. All four are terrific musicians with extreme talent. Ross William Wild (Elvis Presley), Robbie Durhan (Johnny Cash) and Mathew Whycliffe (Carl Perkins) covered the songs from the music idols brilliantly and Martin Kaye was simply breathtaking on the piano. They had the audience on their feet clamping and singing along. I did notice however that the audience perhaps lacked the younger generation which is a real shame because this show is definitely one for all ages!
The Festival Theatre is a modern extremely spacious theatre with a choice of bars on each floor and helpful, friendly staff. It is a very nice space to have drinks pre, during and post show. The theatre is located in the city centre which means it is easily accessible by public transport and is surrounded by on street parking as well as an array or bars and restaurants for pre and post show drinks and food.
I had a fantastic evening at the Festival Theatre Royal watching this group of very talented musicians play some incredible songs. I would give the evening 5 out of 5 and would absolutely recommend to friends and family of all ages.
Tickets cost from £22 to £42 (booking fees may apply).
Million Dollar Quartet is at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh until 5 November 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.
Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT | 0131 529 6000