14-19 November 2016
Reviewed by Emily Crombie
The Million Dollar Quartet brought the house down at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow last night. A great show full of the classic hits by the quartet; Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis
It is set in the Sun Studios in Memphis on the 4th of December 1956 where record producer Sam Phillips by chance brought together four of his biggest stars and history was made as they jammed together.
Sam Phillips, played by Jason Donavan, is widely credited as the founder of rock n’ roll who moved through many jobs in the music industry before founding Sun Records in 1950 where he discovered Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Co-writer Colin Escott developed an interest in Sun Records back catalogue and it was a snippet of information he included in one of his books about the unique sessions that sparked director, Floyd Mutrux imagination and thus the show Million Dollar Quartet was born.
At the time, in 1956, Lewis (Martin Kaye) was new to the game and a session pianist for Carl Perkins (Matthew Wycliffe), while they were working in the studio Elvis and girlfriend Dyanne (Katie Ray) visit Phillips then Elvis joins the session before Johnny Cash (Robbie Durham) completes the quartet.
The show uses flashbacks to discover each artists path to where they are now and the staging makes the audience feel as if they are in the room along with the artists on that iconic day.
It is hit after hit from the fabulous cast including, Blue Suede Shoe, Great Balls of Fire, I Walk the Line, Hound Dog.
The King’s Theatre is located on Bath Street in the city centre of Glasgow about a 15 minute walk from Buchanan Street Bus Station and Queen Street Rail Station, a pleasant walk when the Scottish weather is kind!
The theatre opened in 1904 and has been renovated over the years and continues to be a comfortable and welcoming venue for theatregoers.
Tickets cost from £14.90 to £40.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Million Dollar Quarter is at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow until 19 November 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7648.
King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN | 0844 871 7648