Thursday, November 8, 2012

A One-of-a-Kind Musical Party at Broward Center


A Million-Dollar Rock ‘n’ Roll Party at Broward Center

They’re having a party at Broward Center through Nov. 18. It’s called “Million Dollar Quartet” and it is a ball.
The show is already a hit on Broadway and in its Miami run. It’s easy to see why: light on plot, the score features some of the timeless greatest hits of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.
The concept by Floyd Mutrux is based on an actual magical night that occurred Dec. 4, 1956 in the Sun Records studios of Sam Phillips (Christopher Ryan Grant) in Memphis Tennessee.
All four recording artists were discovered and promoted by Sam Phillips. Elvis Presley (Presley lookalike Cody Slaughter), by far the most popular, had already moved on the RCA Records. According to Phillips, RCA is courting him too as Elvis’ producer. Phillips invited Elvis for old times’ sake, and being the Southern gentleman he was, Elvis accepted and brought along his girlfriend Dyanne (Kelly Lamont).
Phillips has a three-year contract in his coat pocket for his next biggest star, Johnny Cash (deep-voiced Scott Moreau), but what he doesn’t know is that Cash has already signed with Columbia Records.
After initial success Carl Perkins (Lee Ferris) has taken a back seat to Elvis, who had a hit with Perkins’ song “Blue Suede Shoes.” Perkins is jealous and resentful, but Lee Ferris is the sparkplug of the live, onstage band, playing a beautiful Les Paul gold top guitar.
Martin Kaye plays up the hillbilly aspect of his Jerry Lee Lewis, dressed garish mismatched clothes with an ego to match. Kaye really does pound his piano (all the actors are skilled musicians) and he is the funniest character of the lot.
Kelly Lamont adds sex appeal in a tight shocking pink dress singing Peggy Lee’s “Fever” and fats Domino’s “I Hear You Knocking,” and she adds tasty high harmonies to the ensemble.
If you love old-time rock ‘n’ played real righteous and real, this is a show for you. Don’t leave early either.
Tickets are $29.50-$109.50. Call 954-462-0222.

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