Sam Phillips may be a name you’re not familiar with. But in his tiny converted garage studio in Memphis, he launched the careers of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, C
arl Perkins and Roy Orbison with his Sun Record Studios. While these musical legends were still on the rise, he managed to capture an impromptu jam session which has become a seminal point in rock and roll history.
Now this impromptu jam session from December 4, 1956 is the inspiration behind the show Million Dollar Quartet, which is now playing at the Old Log Theater. This jukebox musical is charming and a fun night at the theatre. As Jerry Lee Lewis, Eric Morris steals the show. Which really isn’t a surprise if you’ve ever seen or heard of Jerry Lee Lewis’ antics. Along with Frank Moran as Elvis Presley, Matt Tatone as Carl Perkins and Eric Sargent as Johnny Cash these guys do an amazing job of bringing life to memorable hits like, “Great Balls of Fire”, “I Walk the Line”, “Match Box”, “Brown Eyed Handsome Man” among others.
The actors double as the bad playing all of their own instruments and are back by three musicians on the upright bass, drums and guitar who are playing session musicians. The set is a simple recording studio, which folds away for the final jam session scene.
For some it is a drive out to Excelsior to see a show, but this show is worth the drive. For almost two hours you’ll find yourself laughing, singing along and tapping your toes. If you decide to make the drive, and you should, make an occasion out of it by grabbing lunch or dinner at one of Excelsior’s restaurants or grab a bite at Cast & Cru located in the lobby.
For more information on Million Dollar Quartet or to purchase tickets, visit their website.