Ok so Million Dollar Quartet might possibly be the best show I have EVER seen! Everyone was up on their feet dancing and singing along to the fantastic voices of the Million Dollar Quartet!
Having already smashed the West End, Las Vegas, Canada and Broadway, Million Dollar Quartet is currently on its UK tour which I was lucky enough to see at the Theatre Royal Brighton Last night.
The show follows the story of legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins during a recording session at Sun Records headed up my Sam Phillips its owner. I walked into a Brighton theatre and was transported to 1956 Memphis, Tennessee, an exciting era full of classic songs such as Real Wild Child, Memories are Made of This, Fever, Hound Dog, Walk the Line, Matchbox and Blue Suede Shoes.
I am a MASSIVE Johnny Cash fan and have seen numerous fantastic tribute acts but none of them come close to Robbie Durham who plays the role in MDQ! He was truly fantastic! The voice both when singing and talking was superb! I kind of wanted him to do a spin-off show with just Cash songs!
Elvis was played by Ross William Wild and again his singing and acting voice were fantastic, had all the characteristics of Presley and even the dance moves! Elvis’s on stage girlfriend Dyanne was played by Katie Ray who sang a few songs and WOW she has some pipes on her!
Ashley Carruthers took on the role of Jerry Lee Lewis which was his first UK musical theatre debut! His piano skills were incredible, I’ve never seen anything like it also he was hilarious throughout. After a little research Jerry Lee Lewis lived a turbulent life full of scandal so going to be interesting to do a little more research into him.
Matt Whycliffe played the role of Carl Perkins who I actually hadn’t heard of before the show? Which is strange considering they were 4 of the most popular musicians in the 50s, I did however recognise a few songs and Whycliffe was great in this role.
Last but not least Blue Peter legend Peter Duncan headed up the show playing Sam Phillips the owner of Sun Records. This is the first show I’ve ever seen him in but he was great, so enthusiastic on stage and told the story well.
I’ve never seen a show have a 20 minutes standing ovation but this one did! Everyone was up on their feet including me for the last 20 minutes of the show as each character sang their last song, even at this point people were still screaming for more! The show could have easily gone on for hours longer.
Any fans of 50s rock n roll I would urge you to see MDQ! A great night out full of singing and dancing for all! Million Dollar Quartet is at Theatre Royal Brighton until Saturday 15th April with shows every evening at 7:45pm and 2 matinees Thurs/Sat at 2.30pm. Click Here to book.