Friday, April 9, 2010

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On



Terrific! That’s the only way to describe “Million Dollar Quartet,” a new show filled with rousing performances by musicians channeling Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins. Even I, who am so stingy with standing ovations, rose to my feet to applaud, hoot and holler!

The show is based on an actual meeting on December 4th, 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis where the four launched their careers. B.B. King once said that rhythm-and -blues once got together with rockabilly and had a baby and that baby was rock ’n’ roll. “MDQ” takes you to the birth of that era when Presley already had a hit with “Blue Suede Shoes” which was written by Perkins.

The four actor/musicians are all terrific, but a special nod goes to Levi Kreis who plays Jerry Lee Lewis.

“MDQ” is in previews at the Nederlander Theatre on West 41st Street and will open this Sunday. I predict it will be there for a long time. It’s a dynamite show. Get your tickets!