Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins: The real life “Million Dollar Quartet”, is unfortunately not available for any price. But, if you are at the VanWezel Performing Arts Hall on April 8, 2014, for one night only you will feel like you were present at the greatest recording session in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. You will be transported to the Sun Records store-front studio in Memphis on December 4, 1956 where four young rock ‘n’ roll icons joined together for the first and only time, the story of which led to this one of a kind event being just as incredible as the music itself!
Considered to be holy grail of jam sessions, you will hear the greatest rock ‘n’ roll hits ever presented and recorded in a single performance. You will hear among others Blue Suede Shoes, Fever, That’s All Right, Sixteen Tons, Great Balls of Fire, Walk the Line, Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Going On, Who Do You Love?, Folsom Prison Blues, Hound Dog and many others.
Jerry Lee Lewis was the youngest of the group, a Rock ‘n’ Roll and Country Music singer-songwriter and pianist. Known by the nickname “The Killer” he was viewed as “rock’s first great wild man” and had just made his first recordings at Sun Studio. His early recordings of Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On and Great Balls of Fire, shot him to fame worldwide.
Carl Perkins (known as the father of Rockabilly), personified the rockabilly era and his sound personifies the rockabilly sound more so than anybody involved in it. Perkins’ songs were recorded by artists and friends as influential as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Cash. Paul McCartney even claimed that “if there were no Carl Perkins, there would be no Beatles.”
Johnny Cash (who would later be acknowledged as the soul of Country Music) was a singer, songwriter, actor and author who was considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Although he is primarily remembered as a “country” icon his songs and sound spanned other genres including rock’n’roll, rockabilly, blues, folk and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of induction in the Country Music Hall Of Fame, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Elvis Presley was known throughout the world as the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll”. He was a singer, composer, actor and musician and was considered to be one of the most important cultural icons of the 20th Century. Presley is one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th-century. Commercially successful in many genres, including blues, gospel and pop music. He is the best-selling solo artist in the history of popular music and was nominated for 14 Grammys. Presley received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at the age of 36!
Million Dollar Quartet, a multiple Tony Award winner during its long 523 performance New York run, followed with record breaking runs in London, Las Vegas and recently celebrated a 5 year 2,000 performance run as the longest running Broadway musical in the history of Chicago Theater. 2013 marks the beginning of a national tour which will include a performance at Sarasota’s Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The Broadway production won Tony nominations for Best Musical, Best Book for a Musical and Best Featured Actor in a Musical, it also garnered three Drama League nominations and an Outer Critics nomination.
The success of this show is best summed up by a New York reviewer who stated that “during my long career in the entertainment business I was fortunate to have seen all four of these musical icons in live performance. Last night I was transported from the Nederlander Theatre back in time as I became immersed in the sounds of their performances from years ago. It took me a while to remember where I was…..they were that good!”
Supscription tickets for Million Dollar Quartet are available now through the Box Office at 941-953-3368. Single Tickets will be available on Sept. 7 @ 10am