‘Mil­lion Dol­lar Quar­tet’ kicks off 30th an­niver­sary sea­son of KU Pre­sents!

Mu­si­cal shows stu­dio per­for­mance by Elvis Pres­ley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash

The Community Connection - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Rodeo Marie Han­son Kid Re­viewer

Elvis Pres­ley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash are all le­gends.

If you like mu­sic of the 1950s like I do, you are prob­a­bly fa­mil­iar with these names. Did you know that all four of them got to­gether by chance one day? On Dec. 4, 1956 these mu­sic artists found them­selves at Sam Phillips’ Sun Records Stu­dios in Mem­phis, Tenn.

This event was unique be­cause at the time, they were just start­ing to be­come mu­sic stars. While at the stu­dio, they per­formed some songs to­gether. For­tu­nately for us, some­one at the stu­dio recorded that chance meet­ing and the songs they per­formed that day.

Pres­ley, Lewis, Perkins, and Cash would each go on to be­come fa­mous, but it would be al­most 30 years be­fore some of the record­ings could be heard, and an­other 10 years be­fore all of the record­ings would be re­leased.

This chance meet­ing was brought to life at the mu­si­cal “Mil­lion Dol­lar Quar­tet” at Kutz­town Univer­sity’s Scha­ef­fer Au­di­to­rium on Sept. 18.

Kutz­town Univer­sity Pre­sents! be­gan its 30th an­niver­sary sea­son with this show which has won a Tony award. I had an op­por­tu­nity to at­tend. There was also a pre-show party for KU Pre­sents! sea­son sub­scribers at The Miller Art Gallery in the Sharadin Arts Build­ing. The new Kutz­town Univer­sity Arts So­ci­ety was an­nounced that night also.

Dur­ing the show, we heard clas­sic songs of the era like “Blue Suede Shoes,” “That’s All Right,” “See You Later Al­li­ga­tor” and “Great Balls Of Fire” per­formed by a very tal­ented young cast. We also had a glimpse of what it might have been like for the four tal­ented mu­si­cians to meet one an­other be­fore they be­came le­gends. It’s as close as you can get to time-travel with a juke­box brought to life!

Rodeo would like to thank Bryan Zellmer, Direc­tor of KU Pre­sents! for be­ing su­per, awe­some, and cool!

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO BY BIL­LIE WHEELER

The cast of “Mil­lion Dol­lar Quar­tet” per­formed at Kutz­town Univer­sity’s Scha­ef­fer Au­di­to­rium on Sept. 18. The mu­si­cal de­picts Elvis Pres­ley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash who found them­selves to­gether at Sam Phillips’ Sun Records Stu­dios in Mem­phis, Tenn., on Dec. 4, 1956.

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