Million Dollar Quartet Opening Night At Harrah’s Las Vegas 2-19-13

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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET opened at Harrah’s Las Vegas to a full house in the Harrah’s Showroom. The production is inspired by the extraordinary true story of the fateful evening that brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together for one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in history.

The cast rocked out to nostalgic hits such as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “I Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Fever,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more.

The talented cast includes Robert Britton Lyons as Carl Perkins, Benjamin D. Hale as Johnny Cash, Martin Kaye as Jerry Lee Lewis, Tyler Hunter as Elvis Presley, Marc D. Donovan as Sam Phillips, and Felice Garcia as Dyanne, Mikey Hachey as Jay Perkins (Bass Player) and Jim Belk as Fluke (Drummer).

Director Eric Schaeffer, Musical Director Chuck Mead, and Author Colin Escott were also in the showroom supporting the cast.

Notable names in attendance opening night included Holly Madison, Claire Sinclair (2011 Playboy Playmate of the Year), Ricardo Laguna (Professional BMX Rider and MTV Tr3s Personality), Rita Rudner (Comedienne), Orel Hershiser (MLB Hall of Famer), Jabbawockeez (World Famous Dance Crew), and Chef Carla Pellegrino (Owner of Bratalian and Meatball Spot).

A look back to a better time before this terrible COVID Pandemic hit the world! When Las Vegas was wide open, and you can always look forward to the time of your life! At Harrah’s Casino Hotel for 4 successful years – The “Million Dollar Quartet” stage musical brought joy to so many people that got to see this great show. It told the true story of a special historic occurrence on December 4, 1956, and the show ended it’s run on December 4, 2016 – 60 years to the day after that famous event! Thus celebrating the 60th Anniversary of this amazing event in musical history!

As a gambler at Caesar’s Entertainment Casinos I was very fortunate to see this show many times whenever I wanted to, on my many trips to Las Vegas, and it was one of my favorite shows, and I always had a great time. My news staff and I were also lucky enough to see the Premiere at The Pantages Theatre in Hollywood in June of 2012. I really miss that show and so many other shows that have been closed down during the Coronavirus Pandemic, and I really hope that all the great shows and concerts can reopen very soon!

Elvis, Jerry Lee, Perkins, Cash – They came together to make music. Their story made history. Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.

Below is that famous iconic photo taken on that historic day on December 4, 1956 when these 4 legends got together for a Jam Session at Sun Record Studios at 706 Union Ave., in Memphis, Tennessee. (L-R) Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash:

On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time.

Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, friendships and celebrations, featuring timeless hits such as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Fever,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more. This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night. It was Rock and Roll’s best kept secret…until now!

“Million Dollar Quartet” is a recording of an impromptu jam session involving Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash made on December 4, 1956, at the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. An article about the session was published in the Memphis Press-Scimitar under the title “Million Dollar Quartet”. The recording was first released in Europe in 1981 as The Million Dollar Quartet with 17 tracks. A few years later more tracks were discovered and released as The Complete Million Dollar Session. In 1990, the recordings were released in the United States as Elvis Presley – The Million Dollar Quartet. This session is considered a seminal moment in rock and roll.

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