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Million Dollar Quartet, Leeds Grand Theatre

Published by: GRAHAM CLARK on 8th Nov 2016 | View all blogs by GRAHAM CLARK

On December 4 1955 one man brought together Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Pressley to play together for the first and only time.

The man who did this was Sam Phollips, the place was Sun Records, that night they made rock n roll history.

This energetic and polished production focuses on that night. Sam Phillips is played by Jason Donovan, he slips into the role easily and over the years he has become an accomplished actor from starring in Priscilla to Joseph he is versatile and believable. He took on the role with a dignified manner.

Thr actors who play the 4 singers are all talented musicians: Ross William Wild as Elvis had the moves just right with a voice that could have been Elvis when you closed your eyes. Matthew Wycliffe as Carl Perkins was spot on, whilst Robbie Durham as Johnny Cash took on the role easily but the star of the show was Martin Kaye as Jerry Lee Lewis.

His piano playing was suberb, I thought he was American but he is actually from Manchester. Apparently he performs with his trio in Las Vegas which comes as no surprise.

Katie Ray as Diane, Elvis' girlfriend was all charm and very cute but she can sing a mean version of Fever too.

Of course we learn of the competition between the performers and the egos involved and how they eventually leave Sun Fecords to join RCA or Columbia records.

Thr audience are rightly on their feet for the encore of See You Later Alligator. On leaving the theatre all the smiling faces you could see showed that this is an uplifting and entertaining show.

Runs until Saturday 12th November. 2016






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