Million Dollar Quartet (2010) BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
April 11, 2010
Closing:
June 12, 2011

Theater: Nederlander Theatre / 208 West 41st Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

On December 4, 1956, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits that includes "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "That’s All Right," "Sixteen Tons," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On," "Who Do You Love?," "Matchbox," "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Hound Dog." The musical captures the singular moment when four major talents came together to become a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Million Dollar Quartet (2010)

    Charles Isherwood

    April 11, 2010: Those teeming hordes of the middle-aged wandering without purpose in the theater district, having seen “Jersey Boys” for the 27th time and been forbidden a 28th by their addiction therapists, can come to rest at last. The new destination: the Nederlander Theater, where “Million Dollar Quartet,” a buoyant new jukebox musical about a hallowed day in the history of rock ’n’ roll, rollicked open on Sunday night.

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW OF Million Dollar Quartet (2010)

    April 11, 2010: Put Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis in a Memphis recording studio and you're bound to make musical fireworks. Maybe even a Broadway show.

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  • NEW YORK POST REVIEW OF Million Dollar Quartet (2010)

    Forming rock without heat

    Elisabeth Vincentelli

    April 12, 2010: Back in the '50s, some peo ple thought rock 'n' roll was "the devil's music." It was "temptation, fornica tion and damnation in that order," Jerry Lee Lewis explains in the new Broadway show "Million Dollar Quartet."

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  • USA TODAY REVIEW OF Million Dollar Quartet (2010)

    This 'Million Dollar Quartet' sounds a little off-key

    Elysa Gardner

    April 12, 2010: So now we know the truth: Elvis wasn't nearly as sexy as Carl Perkins or as charismatic as Jerry Lee Lewis.

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  • ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW OF Million Dollar Quartet (2010)

    April 11, 2010: Million Dollar Quartet opens with rock’n’roll star Carl Perkins (Britton Lyons) performing his most famous song, ''Blue Suede Shoes.'' Thus, the first words the audience hears in this 1956-set musical are that track's famous opening lines: ''Well, it's one for the money/Two for the show…'' It is an appropriate beginning for a number of reasons — not least because the big question about this latest jukebox musical concerns whether it is really a Broadway show in any real dramatic sense, or just a way to squeeze money from the back catalogs of four rock superstars.

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  • BACKSTAGE REVIEW OF Million Dollar Quartet (2010)

    April 11, 2010: When the curtain call is the most exciting part of a show, it’s definitely a problem. Such is the case with “Million Dollar Quartet,” the latest attempt to turn pop nostalgia into Broadway box-office gold. Not unlike “Looped,” the now-closed comedy derived from a Tallulah Bankhead story, this jukebox musical attempts to spin a showbiz anecdote about larger-than-life figures at a recording session into a full-blown theatrical experience. On a December Tuesday in 1956, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley came together at Sun Records in Memphis, Tenn., where their careers had been launched.

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  • HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW OF Million Dollar Quartet (2010)

    April 11, 2010: Bottom Line: Good rockin' tonight, indeed. One day in December 1956, four future musical legends -- Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins -- happened to gather together for an impromptu jam session at the Memphis studio of Sun Records. Don't look for "Million Dollar Quartet," the new musical about this fortuitous event, to show what really happened that day. But this wildly entertaining show wonderfully captures the spirit of these seminal figures who would go on to change the course of popular music.

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