Get Ready to Rock with Broadway San Jose's MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, May 8th-13th


“One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready now go-go-go!” to Broadway San Jose to experience Million Dollar Quartet, May 8 through May 13, for a limited engagement.  It’s a good bet that you’ll be dancing all night long with rock and roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis as they bring you along on their famous jam session.

These four musicians were The Kings Of rock ‘n’ roll and Million Dollar Quartet, which was nominated for the Tony in 2010 for Best Musical, is inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought these four legendary icons together for the first and only time.

On December 4th, 1956, the “Father of Rock and Roll” Sam Phillips, gathered these four young artists at Sun Records in Memphis for one of the greatest jam sessions of all time.  Million Dollar Quartet tells the tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal, and celebrations featuring timeless hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and many more.

What to watch for: from Nick - These four guys are legends of rock ‘n’ roll so their voices are extremely well known and maybe just as well known, were their legendary personalities.  They each had their own charisma and style and that’s what made them so awesome!  I will be looking to see if that style and character is vibrant and distinct – without being cheesy.

What to watch for: from Linda – Million Dollar Quartet is one of the so-called Jukebox musicals whichtypically strings together well-known songs by a particular artist or group around a loose storyline.  Think Jersey Boys or Mamma Mia!  I’ll be watching for what made this musical get nominated for one of the top Tony awards - Best Musical.  Will the storyline be riveting?  Where will the tension come from?  And how will the narrator, who plays legendary Sun Records owner Sam Phillips, interact with the artists he discovered and made kings?

Have some rock and roll fun before the show. Put on your blue suede shoes and head to some rockin’ restaurants that are sure to get you milk-shakin’.

Peggy Sue’s

This San Jose gem is a 1950s-inspired restaurant that allows guests to take a step back in time to the days of drive-in movies, rock ’n roll, and deliciously cold and creamy milkshakes.

Johnny Rockets

Jonny Rockets is a great place where you can escape from today’s complicated world and experience the uncomplicated goodness of classic Americana with a burger, fries and of course, a classic shake. The name of the restaurant originated by combining the timeless Johnny Appleseed story with the classic Oldsmobile Rocket 88. Together, they make an all American burger and a great experience.

City Diner San Jose – a Fab 50’s diner!

This fab diner features classic American favorites and, get this, 66 different milkshakes.  Named for the famous Route 66 that brought millions west, these nostalgic milkshakes include, 50/50 Dreamsicle, Chocolate Malt and Butterscotch Cherry to name just three.  Hula-hoop down and have a slurp.  And gosh, while you’re there, get your picture taken with the large cut-out of Elvis!

Hey Daddy-o, we’ll see you at a Drive-in Movie!

Remember the drive-in movie scene from Grease?  Classic 50’s!  Well, take a drive down memory lane and head to West Wind Drive-In theatres, one of the last bona fide outdoor drive-ins in the country.  Double-features of the latest and greatest play every night, projected in crystal clear Technalight with Dolby Digital sound right through your car stereo!  Cozy up to the concession stand for popcorn and soda and you’re set for the night.

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Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges Linda Hodges is a freelance writer who has been covering the vibrant and exciting San Francisco Bay Area theater scene for the past two years. A dedicated theater aficionado, Linda first became involved in the dramatic arts while in college, becoming one of the first “techies” at her school to be voted into Delta Psi Omega, the National Theater Honor Society. She holds a Masters in Theological Studies from Pacific School of Religion and maintains that theater, at its best, is a religious experience! Linda is currently working on her first novel and, as always, is looking forward to another opening night.

Nick Hodges has performed in theater since the fifth grade and his passion for the arts has only continued to grow. He studied acting for three years at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco as well as the Berkeley Repertory Theater and Dance 10 Studio. Through these rich and varied experiences he has gained a deeper and thorough perspective of what it truly takes to make a theatrical production successful. Nick is 23 and is currently living in the San Francisco bay area. He is thrilled to be working with BroadwayWorld!

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