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Noel Coward Theatre
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Million Dollar Quartet
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Show Details
Preview 8th Feb 11
Opens 28th Feb 11
Closes 14th Jan 12
Show Times
Mon - Sat 8.00 pm
Matinée Thurs, Sat 3.00 pm



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Ben Goddard plays Jerry Lee Lewis  
Ben Goddard plays Jerry Lee Lewis
Photo - Helen Maybanks
   
 
Oliver Seymour-Marsh plays Carl Perkins
  Oliver Seymour-Marsh plays Carl Perkins  

Derek Hagan plays Johny Cash
 
Derek Hagan plays Johny Cash
Photo - PC
 
 
     


BAXTER'S THEATRELAND BY NIGHT
A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.


A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.

Baxter

 

Elivs - Million Dollar Quartet
Michael Malarkey plays Elvis Presley
Photo - Tristram Kenton Guardian
The show was called 'Million Dollar Quartet after an event in Memphis Tennessee which was a recording session in December 1956. The stories vary slightly in various recounts of the famous session. Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins were recording a version of a song called 'Matchbox' in Sun Studios and Johhny Cash and Elvis Presley turned up. Elvis loved it and said so - and he should know because he was 'big time' with major hits by then. Clayton Perkins and Jay Perkins - Carl's brothers came along too with drummer WS Holland.

They began to jam. It was recorded by Cowboy Jack Clement because he reckoned it would be remiss not to. The press turned up and took a photo.

Million Dollar Quaret

It appeared in the Memphis Press-Scimitar the next day under the headline "The Million Dollar Quartet" And a million was a lot of money in those days.

"1956 was a momentous year: the Suez crisis, the Hungarian revolution, Khruschev's denuniciation of Stalin. But it was also a time of cultural upheaval, and this exuberantly nostalgic show recreates the occasion"
Michael Billington - Guardian


Million Dollar Quaret - DancingThe show presents a couple of dozen massive rock and roll hits in 90 minutes so it doesn't hang around. The audience dance on their feet to the songs which are all blazing hits and well performed. No wonder they booked this theatre for a longish spell. The show's a hit as well. So it should be too, these songs never die on their feet. Let's face it humans love good rock and roll. The song feels good.

It may sound like an easy formula for an all out rock revival but the greats are great because they know the art and are easy with it. This type of music takes talent - Rock either is or it ain't - simple as that.

Cast

  • Sam Phillips - Bill Ward
  • Elvis Presley - Michael Malarkey - (also Kevin Mains)
  • Jerry Lee Lewis - Ben Goddard (also Matthew Empson)
  • Johnny Cash - Derek Hagen (also Justin Brett )
  • Carl Perkins - Oliver Seymour-Marsh
  • Dyanne - Francesca Jackson
  • Jay Perkins - Gez Gerrard
  • Fluke - Adam Riley
    and
  • Steven Bor
  • Sharon Clancy

  • Director - Eric Schaeffer
  • Design - Derek McLane
  • Lighting - Howell Binkley
  • Costume - Jane Greenwood
  • Sound - Kai Harada
  • Producer - Relevant Theatricals, John Cossette Productions, American Pop Anthology, John Gore, Thomas B. McGrath, James L. Nederlander, Joseph Smith and Michael McCabe.
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