Venue: The Theater
3475 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
Show Dates: Ongoing
Show Times: Tue, Wed, Fri & Sun 7pm; Mon & Thu 5:30pm & 8pm
Age Restriction: 5
Show Length: 90 minutes
Starting at $54.19
Imagine a night when Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins are all in a room together. That's the premise of "Million Dollar Quartet," a Tony Award-winning musical and Broadway hit now playing at Harrah's.
"Million Dollar Quartet" is set on Dec. 4, 1956, when an incredible twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together. Sam Phillips, the "Father of Rock 'n' Roll," who was responsible for launching the careers of each superstar, brought the four icons of rockabilly and rock 'n' roll together at the Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis for the first and only time. The resulting evening became known as one of the greatest rock 'n' roll jam sessions in history.
The show brings that night to life with poignant and funny anecdotes, memories and, of course, great music. Relive the era with the show's incredible score of rock 'n' roll, gospel, R&B and country hits, performed live by talented actors and musicians. The show kicks off with "Blue Suede Shoes," and by the end there's a "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" -- regarding both the song and the audience. Some of the other hits featured include "Great Balls of Fire," "Hound Dog," "Folsum Prison Blues," "Ring of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Long Tall Sally" and "See You Later Alligator."
The cast -- consisting of only eight people -- is small but powerful. Lewis' character is certainly a scene stealer. Not only does he dramatically pound away on the piano, but he delivers a lot of laughable lines (for example, he's awed "the outhouse is inside" his hotel room and he's "already had two wives and ain't yet 21") that reflect his rural Louisiana upbringing. The actor playing Cash has the distinctive bass-baritone voice. Perkins boasts just the right amount of hillbilly bravado, and Presley is laden with Southern charm and swiveling hips. Phillips strikes the perfect chord between being the masterful record producer who was somehow able to coax artists into reaching deep within themselves and the aging businessman struggling to compete in the corporate world of music. The lone female, Dyanne, who plays Elvis' shapely girlfriend, holds her own with the legendary performers, belting out sexy renditions of "Fever" and "I Hear You Knocking." There's also a two-person backup band -- a bass player (who is Perkins' brother) and a drummer.
Any fan of of rock 'n' roll is sure to be enraptured by "Million Dollar Quartet." The show gives you a rare chance to go back to the past and experience the magic of these musical legends.