Jason Donovan is back in North Wales and this time he’s brought some friends namely Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.
Donovan is playing the part of Sam Phillips the man who created Rock ’N’ Roll. In this fantastic story the cast of The Million Dollar Quartet celebrates and honours that famous night back on December 4th 1956 when the four heavy weights music came together.
The cast of the production are what is known as a triple threat. The performers sing, dance and act plus play an assortment of instruments live on stage.
Ross William Wild is an impeccable Elvis. He plays a young Elvis just at that start of his career having left Sun Records but wanting Sam Phillips to still manage him over at his new label. He is accompanied by Katie Ray who plays Dyanne, a Hollywood songstress working the circuit and madly in love with Presley. As the only female in the cast Katie belts out hits including Fever.
Matthew Wycliffe plays the boastful but frustrated Carl Perkins. Wycliffe embodies Carl’s frustration of being, at this time, a one hit wonder living in the shadow of Elvis who had a hit with Perkins original song Blue Suede Shoes. He also conveys the friendship and respect these men had for each other.
Robbie Durham is a fantastic Johnny Cash his rendition of Walk the Line and Folsom Prison Blues were perfect. His deep-toned dialogues also start to show somewhat of the crisis of conscience Cash was feeling at this point.
Without signalling anyone out as the star a special mention has to go to Ashley Carruthers who plays Jerry Lee Lewis. He brings life to the show with not just great acting but also comedy and the most amazing key skills. He brought the “Devils music” to North Wales at Venue Cymru on opening night when I attended and he topped off his performance with jerry Lee Lewis’ hit Great Balls of Fire.
Having not known much about the show before the evening and not being much of an Elvis fan if I’m honest (Sorry Elvis fans of North Wales) overall I felt like I had been transported back to the fifties straight into the Sun Studio where I loved every moment.
Go see this production you won’t regret it.
Million Dollar Quartet is at Venue Cymru until Saturday May 13th and you can book your tickets through the Box Office or by calling 01492 872 000.