Million Dollar Quartet at WBT

Published: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 By: Sue Ann Witt Source: Rising Media Group

Million Dollar Quartet” is set back on Dec. 4, 1956 and is based on an impromptu jam session, recorded by the owner of Sun Records, Sam Phillips – the man responsible for launching the careers of four remarkable men.

The quartet consisted of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins. We meet the four musicians as well as Perkins’ brother Jay, drummer W. S. Holland, and Elvis’ then-girlfriend. We learn how the four music greats wound up in the recording studio at the same time in Memphis and became a part of music history. It also reveals secrets, broken promises and betrayals.

This was a once-in-a-lifetime celebration and became known as one of the greatest jam sessions in music history. The recording featured an eclectic score of the music that these men grew up with – rock, gospel, R&B and country. Showcased numbers include “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Fever,” “Memories Are Made of This,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Long Tall Sally,” “I Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “See You Later Alligator,” and so many more.

The cast stars Ari McKay Wilford as Elvis Presley, Sky Seals as Johnny Cash, Dominique Scott as Jerry Lee Lewis, John Michael Presney as Carl Perkins, Jason Loughlin as Sam Phillips, Bligh Voth as Dyanne, David Sonneborn as W.S. “Fluke” Holland on drums, and Sam Weber as “brother Jay” on bass.

This is a talented cast filled with music that brings back memories of the early days of rock ‘n’ roll and the singers who created it. The finale is spectacular, leaving the audience begging for more. It is a terrific show, good for the entire family, and with dinner, too! Who could ask for anything more?

The show runs thru Sept. 11 at Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford.