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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

On Stage In Philadelphia

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This week in Philadelphia, Tony award-winning Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet made it's Philadelphia premiere on December 11-December 16, 2012 at the Forrest Theatre. The Forrest in located on Walnut Street and is an easy commute from suburban Philadelphia, South Jersey or Delaware.

Why do you want to call NOW for tickets? This show is the story of a famous recording session when Sam Phillips (better known as the "Father of Rock 'n' Roll) brought together big names Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis for an unforgettable night in the recording studio. The show follows this incredible jam sessions and is filled with over 20 hits you all know like "Blue Suede Shoes," "I Walk The Line," "Fever," "That's All Right," "Great Balls of Fire" and the famed "Hound Dog." Who could resist an evening filled with songs we all know and love?

Get ready for a night of toe tappin' singing and an audience who is dying to sing along with the cast as they see this "Million Dollar Quartet" take the stage and show all the newbies how Rock was REALLY done. We were there opening night and the audience was on their feet, clapping and some singing along as the show came to rousing close.

Yes, we've had some greats since their time, but these are some of the biggest names from the beginning of rock 'n' roll. They showed all the rockers who followed them just how it's done.

While it's not really Elvis, Jerry Lee, Carl or Johnny (that would be quite a trick!) the cast does a great job of taking you back to the '50s and making you feel like you're right there listening to the men who started it all.

It would be hard to say which of the actors gave the best performance. Why? Because it didn't seem like they were acting at all. They literally became their characters, and got the audience to believe they had been transported back to the 1950s as these young men came into their own as artists.

Starring in Million Dollar Quartet are Martin Kay as Jerry Lee Lewis, Robert Britton Lyons as Carl Perkins, Cody Slaughter as Elvis, and David Elkins as Johnny Cash. They rocked the stage singing over twenty great songs. (I listed these artists from stage right to stage left because I was hard put to decide who had given the best performance.) Vince Nappo owned the stage as Sam Phillips the legendary rock 'n' roll promoter and marketer. Kelly Lamont played the part of Dyanne, Elvis' girlfriend and sang some notable songs on her own. Rounding out the cast are Billy Shaffer on drums and Corey Kaiser on base.

The show is directed by Eric Schaeffer, book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux. Designs by Derek McLane(scenic design), Howell Binkley(lighting design), Jane Greenwood(costume design), Kai Harada (sound design), and Chuck Mead (musical arrangements and supervision.)

Million Dollar Quartet is a story of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations of these young men as they rock their way across the stage telling their tales. Songs ranged from rock to gospel, R&B, and country, this show truly had something for everyone. So get your tickets today, they won't last long!

Get your tickets now. They won't last long!

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