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Tuesdays with Corti: MDQ First Look

Good morning! It’s September 5th and BAM! It’s Fall! Ready or not, in just a week from tomorrow (Wednesday the 13th), Paramount Theatre’s Broadway Series Season Seven begins previews of our Million Dollar Quartet! Working with these guys and gals is a remarkable one of a kind experience. Adam Wesley Brown’s Carl Perkins, Kavan Hashemian’s Elvis Presley, Gavin Rohrer’s Jerry Lee Lewis and Bill Scott Sheets’ Johnny Cash with the mighty Zach Lentino on bass and Scott Simon on drums have become a remarkable band for this new musical collaboration with Musical Director Kory Danielson and Associate Musical Director Ethan Deppe. Courtney Mack is Elvis’ girlfriend Dyanne and Nick Harazin is Sam Phillips, the mastermind behind Sun Records, raising the already off the charts talent quotient scene after scene, song after song. Right up there on the Paramount stage,

you will see and hear performances you will never forget coming out of Sam’s former auto parts shop “hole in the wall” recording studio.

 

With tech rehearsals beginning tomorrow, we have our final day rehearsing in the Copley today for a designer-run this afternoon. Our staff and everyone in production will get their first look at the work we’ve done and get a sense of how the show plays and moves, the actors’ needs and what the technical sound, scenic, lighting and costumes will provide when things are in full swing on stage. Across the street, the set has been loaded in; lights are hung; costumes are prepped; and this cast is ever ready to get over there! There is a wonderful story here of how we’ve all gotten on board with the way music brings these guys together in spite of their differences. Egos, competition and jealousy come up from being dirt poor and making good on God-given talent. For all the hard knocks and lucky breaks, it’s the sound of this defiant, new music, confident and owned by these young men, proud and hopeful, that forms this connection – this rock ‘n roll thing they have in common. This music forms a bond among them, and I hope you don’t mind my sharing with you the metaphor I see here, corny and cliché as it may be. Whatever the record business may bring to bear on their differences, it’s their love for this music that brings them together to play and progress to be the great artists, the stars, they are destined to be.

Their music, as does their being human, creates the bond that brings out the best in them and in us.

 

Love and thanks,

Jim

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Paramount Theatre’s 2017-18 Broadway Series opener Million Dollar Quartet stars (from left) Bill Scott Sheets as Johnny Cash, Kavan Hashemian as Elvis Presley, Gavin Rohrer as Jerry Lee Lewis and Adam Wesley Brown as Carl Perkins. Credit: Thomas J. King Photography
Million Dollar Quartet stars (from left) Bill Scott Sheets as Johnny Cash, Kavan Hashemian as Elvis Presley, Gavin Rohrer as Jerry Lee Lewis and Adam Wesley Brown as Carl Perkins. Credit: Thomas J. King Photography