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Million Dollar Quartet: Educates a Little, Entertains a LOT

If you're familiar with the legendary photograph of music icons Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis, taken at Sun Studios, you might know that the jam they had when the got together one night in 1956 was less than legendary.

They collaborated on some gospel songs, and the quality was not quite up to par. That's what fans found out when the recordings were eventually released.

But the musical, The Million Dollar Quartet, playing at Overture Center in Madison, imagines what COULD have happened on that winter night in Memphis. You get to see a little of the personalities of each, with the wild "Killer" Jerry Lee Lewis stealing the show with his over-the-top egomania. If you know anything about his eventual downfall, the lines are even funnier.

All four actors are extremely proficient musicians and singers, doing those four great performers justice. (Which is not an easy task, mind you.) And the background guys playing bass weren't too shabby either. Nor was the unnamed female singer that just shows up and sings a few numbers.

But it's Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Studios, who is the glue that holds the production together.

I don't want to give too much away--but if you're a fan of early rock and roll, you'll love this show. It runs through Sunday at Overture Center.

 


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