The Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque is getting ready to raise the curtain on its next and biggest production of the season. “Million Dollar Quartet” tells the story of 4 early rock stars — who got together for an impromptu jam session. Mike Postovit has more.
December, 4th 1956 — this is the Sun Recording Studio in Memphis Tennesse.
They’re not the Fab-4 — but they certainly are famous. Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. The award-winning Broadway musical goes behind the recording studio glass for this impromptu jam session at the birthplace of rock & roll.
It truly was a history making night. And here is the photographic proof — fast forward 61 years.
Michael Vanhevel/Plays Elvis
“As soon as we step-out on the stage — the audience is kind of transported to this place of nostalgia.
That’s Elvis — played by Michael Vanhevel
“We’re not necessarily doing an Elvis white jump suit impersonation right — the idea being through his mannerisms and obviously with all his hip shaking and all the lip curling to try and find a way to realistically bring his spirit to life.
Jesse MacMillan/Plays Johnny Cash
“What I love is that these are the characters before they were huge icons.”
Jesse MacMillan plays Johnny Cash — some may recognize him from his work in Kingston with the Salon Theatre Company. Now he’s a young — Man in Black.
“I feel a real sense of importance to it because he’s such a favourite to so many people and he’s become my favourite as well. I always liked Johnny Cash but since I got the role I’ve been listen to him everyday — I drive from Kingston to Gan. and often times I’m listening to Johnny Cash.”
“It’s about showing these guys and the people around them — showing them as real people living real experiences, just trying to do the best they can with the hand that they were dealt.”
Million Dollar Quartet runs until July 15. Mike Postovit, CKWS News, Gananoque.