By BOBBIE GREEN
The Million Greenback Quartet is elevating the roof of the Hafen indoor Theater at Tuacahn weekly from Mondays via Thursdays with the sounds of basic rock and roll music. This entertaining group will proceed to place smiles on the faces of viewers members by means of Saturday, Aug 7.
The Present depicts one traditionally well-known night time, December 4, 1956, when the younger Carl Perkins, Johnny Money, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley all bought collectively on the legendary Solar Information recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee and jammed all night time. Sam Phillips took the now historic image that proved it actually occurred.
The theatre present affords an fascinating storyline that explains how these legends all occurred to be there on the similar time. However what the viewers will keep in mind is the great jam session that came about and the expertise of the actors who performed their components. Kudos ought to be given to each David Sonneborn, musical Director and Keith Andrews for placing this all collectively below their path.
Colin Summers as Carl Perkins portrayed the stress that’s placed on entertainers. But he additionally livened up the stage together with his singing and nice guitar enjoying. Summers is a author and composer. When not performing in theatre productions he performs his personal works.
“Howdy, my identify is Johnny Money” mentioned Benjamin D. Hale on the entry of his character.
And the viewers can consider it; a lot in order that it’s onerous to image him in Phantom of the Opera in Las Vegas the place he performed a fairly totally different function. His voice is wonderful, complete sounds of Johnny.
Kavan Hashemian, higher often called Elvis Presley on this manufacturing, is in his eleventh manufacturing of the Million Greenback Quartet. He aptly performs the younger Elvis, full with the Jellyroll and Bryl-creamed hair. He’s nonetheless fairly shy, however when his is singing, identical to the true Elvis,
What might be mentioned about Jerry Lee Lewis? Gabe Aronson has portrayed Lewis in 9 productions of Million Greenback Quartet. He leaves the viewers with desirous to see extra. He’s humorous and proficient. It might have been one thing if we may see dueling pianos play out between Aronson and Lewis himself. Aronson has all of the pep and power of Lewis, however perhaps a cuter smile.
Kyli Rae reprised her function as Elvis’s girlfriend, Marilyn Evans, within the play. Rae is an completed singer and dancer herself. She match properly into the function. Because the music heated up, she proved she may belt out a music with the remainder of them.
Isaac Ericksen, an area St George boy performs Brother Jay, brother to Carl Perkins and bass participant extraordinaire. Ericksen is a touring bass blues musician. This half was good for him. Not solely can he tickle these strings, however he can do it from indescribable positions.
Drummer David Sonneborn was within the authentic manufacturing of Million Greenback Quartet. He’s thrilled to be again at Tuacahn.
Sam Phillips is performed by John Gardiner. Gardiner grew up with Rock & Roll. He performed Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys and varied components in lots of different productions. Within the Million Greenback Quartet he performs the man who introduced all of them collectively in a studio session that’s now the stuff of legends.
This Tuacahn presentation introduced this exceptional dream group alive once more. It was a fun-filled night drawing all consideration on the stage, not on worries. There was a variety of foot tapping within the viewers. I give it 5 stars.