July 8-27, 2014
216-241-6000 or www.playhousesquare.org
In museums across the country there are security strips on the floor that trigger an alarm when patrons get too close to famous paintings. In the presence of great art, human nature dictates that we get as close as possible – to see what genius saw at the time of its creation, to be in that same small space that genius occupied, to share the rarified air that genius breathed.
There are no security strips on the edge of the Ohio Theatre stage in PlayhouseSquare but, for this production of "Million Dollar Quartet," there should be.
Though it doesn’t have the fidelity of the original staging of “Million Dollar Quartet”, if you are a rock and roll fan, you will enjoy the production now at the Ohio. It is a fun and enlightening evening of theatre filled with great music and some excellent performances. Yes, “Memories Are Made of This!”
To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.
"Playhouse Square's Ohio Theater, which is the size of a typical, smaller Broadway house, allows the "Million Dollar Quartet" to resonate as it never has before. The magnified impact of the recreated iconic hits and up-close personal connection between the audience and living legends elevate "Million Dollar Quartet" into a whole new pay scale.
Of all the musical reviews that I have seen this is absolutely the best one ever. The cast hits the ground running and does not look back. It is high energy rock and roll with healthy portions of pure heart. I would pay to see this again.To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.
Directed by Eric Schaeffer, the production actually has plenty of energy, more even than the recent less-than-stirring visit of Jersey Boys. And they’ll get you to your feet at the end, with a whole lot of shakin’ goin’ on.
To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's blog Rave and Pan
It's hard to beat the irresistible idea for the show itself. On Dec. 4, 1956, Samuel Cornelius Phillips, a scrappy, upstart producer from nowhere Alabama (played with crackling energy and down home, Pied Piper charm by Vince Nappo) recorded four of his greatest discoveries in his cramped studio in Memphis.
To see a full review of this show, read Andrea Simakis' blog or visit Cleveland.com here.