Theatre review: Million Dollar Quartet

A greatest hits set of tunes from four icons, based in the crucible of rock’n’roll - Cash, Presley, Perkins and Jerry Lee at Sun Studios, 1956. Pack your dancing shoes for this one...

The only photo of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis together, gathered around a piano at Sun Studios in Memphis in 1956, is the iconic jumping-off point for Million Dollar Quartet.

Just as rock’n’roll was finding its feet, Sun records’ head honcho Sam Phillips organised the jam session now translated to the West End; essentially a very slick covers gig knitted together with just enough scraps of conversation to flesh out the context. If you want a rollicking night of rock’n’roll hits, this is it.

Derek Hagen is a credible Cash, looking to leave Sun for a better deal and pumping out a rousing Folsom Prison Blues, Robert Britton Lyons impresses as the talented rockabilly and Blue Suede Shoes writer Perkins, and Ben Goddard nearly steals the show as the wild, piano-lashing young Jerry Lee (Great Balls Of Fire).

Michael Malarkey puts in a dependably lascivious performance as Elvis, and the show’s 20-odd tightly performed classics make for a great night of straightforward vintage fun.


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