Seeing Million Dollar Quartet for the First Time
by Hannah Miller
June 14, 2017
Million Dollar Quartet tells the story of the struggle of one record company, Sun Records in Memphis, that inspired and helped get so many great musicians started, and how one night on December 4, 1956 made music history. The story is told by the owner of Sun Records, Sam Phillips, and on the night that four of his greatest stars combined for an impromptu jam session which would become known as the Million Dollar Quartet: Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Jonny Cash, and Elvis Presley.
I have grown up listening to some of these famous songs from members of the Million Dollar Quartet. My mom has great memories of listening to these influential men perform on T.V. when she was little, but I hadn’t heard all the songs that came out of that historical night. I recently just started as the marketing intern at the Old Creamery theatre, and I was excited to go see Million Dollar Quartet, my first show at the theatre. When I went in, I had heard some of the songs through the walls during rehearsals, but for the most part, I went in blind about what the show would entail. I’m glad that I went in blind to this show. I was given the opportunity to experience the magic of the show without any expectations – and I was blown away!
One of my favorite things to do during a performance is to look around and see how the other members of the audience are reacting to the show. Throughout that performance, I noticed I was one of the youngest members in the audience — I am a young college student after all — and that was thrilling for me. I could see hundreds of faces lighting up around me. It was as if, for a few short hours, everyone was transported back to the time when they first experienced these songs or back to a fond memory when those anthems played around them. Even though I didn’t know the whole back story of Sun Records or of that historical night, I was given the opportunity to feel the exhilaration of my fellow audience members and transport myself back in time with them.
It doesn’t matter if the person who wants to come see this show is young or old, familiar with the story or not, or been to any shows at the Old Creamery Theatre before or not, the cast and the theatre itself will win you over. Million Dollar Quartet is running until July 2, 2017 and I know that I will personally be telling all my friends, colleagues, random strangers on the streets, and neighbors that this is the show to go see during your free time this month.
To find out more about Million Dollar Quartet click HERE.