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reviewed by Ken Klingenmeier

Beef and Boards blows the roof off with their new production of Million Dollar Quartet, directed with a flair by Jeff Stockberger, and starring a talented group of performers, many of whom have histories of appearances in other renderings of the show.

This celebration of that miracle evening in December 1956 when Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis all gathered at Sam Phillips’ Sun Studios in Memphis comes alive as the B&B players knock song after song out of the park – rockin’, harmonizing and setting down authentic sounds of the era.

Down By The Riverside

From left: Jerry Lee Lewis (Brian Michael Henry), Carl Perkins (Christopher Wren), Elvis Presley (Edward La Cardo), and Johnny Cash (Justin Figueroa) perform in Beef & Boards’ production of “Million Dollar Quartet”.

The gifted quartet, which includes Christopher Wren (Perkins), Justin Figueroa (Cash), Edward LaCardo (Elvis) and Brian Michael Henry (Jerry Lee) perform the classic songbook of the show with punch and pizzazz! Add in local favorites Jill Kelly Howe, sizzling in her saucy performance of “Fever” and as Presley’s girlfriend – Dyanne, and Eddie Curry, a big presence as Sun Studios founder, Sam Phillips, plus the lively work of bassist David Perry as Jake Perkins and master percussionist Nathan Shew as Fluke. The complete ensemble has what it takes to send great vibes and fond memories out to the audience – a foot-tapping reminder of that time long ago when music took that fateful right turn into rock n’ roll.

Eddie and Jill

Eddie Curry (left) as Sam Phillips, and Jill Kelly Howe as Dyanne, in Beef and Boards’ production of “Million Dollar Quartet”.

Million Dollar Quartet continues at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre through August 26th. Show times and reservations can be viewed at http://www.beefandboards.com or you may call the box office at  317-872-9664.

* – Photos by Julie Curry

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