I was naturally attracted to this musical, given its title! It’s the true story of the only time that Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis were ever together in the same recording studio (Sun Records in Nashville). The story line is just strong enough to hold together the plot for some of the most incredible music I’ve heard in a long time. All four performers (plus Elvis’s girlfriend) play instruments and sing, and it’s amazing, soul-wrenching, glorious.
There is no intermission, just 90 minutes of volcanic energy. We sought tickets a week before on line and nailed second row, center. The theater was 95% filled on a Friday night. I’m not sure how much longer this will run, but you ought to run to see it. It’s at the Niederlander on West 41st, a rare Broadway theater south of Times Square.
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