A December night back in 1956 goes down in history as extraordinary when Sam Phillips, owner of Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, brings together the legendary talents of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Sounds like a made up scenario, doesn’t it? It did to me, but I was surprised to find out that these men actually did spend a night in the recording studio of Sun Records and the musical Million Dollar Quartet portrays this magical night in history.
Playing now at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey, you can see this incredible rock’n’ roll jam session.
I will tell you, I went into this show not knowing much about any of these performers, with the exception of Elvis Presley, of course. It was a fascinating show and one I thoroughly enjoyed. The music was spot-on. I could not get over the voices, especially for Johnny Cash. Unbelievably good. The performance by Jerry Lee Lewis was off the charts in energy and talent. It really blew me away. In fact, ever since the show, I’ve been investigating more about each of these individuals and listening to their music and have totally grown to appreciate how remarkable the performances in Million Dollar Quartet were and the talent we were able to see displayed onstage.
Whenever you see a show at Paper Mill Playhouse, you are guaranteed a good time. I frequently look to what their theatre is playing and the talent they have because I know it will always be excellent. Many times over the years the shows they have produced have gone on to Broadway in New York City. It’s a fabulous establishment.
I highly recommend going to see the show for yourself while it runs until April 23, 2017. You are in for a huge treat! To purchase tickets and to find more about my favorite theater in New Jersey, visit www.papermill.org.
*I was invited to see the show, all opinions are my own.