So in between some good-natured alpha-male posturing and even a few flashbacks of early meetings—mostly told via heavily Southern-accented first-person monologues from Phillips—MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET more than anything assembles some truly rousing musical numbers, with every actor on stage playing their own instruments live!
Michael L. Quintos – BroadwayWorld
With cast members doing their own well-studied, better-amplified singing and playing, it’s difficult to imagine anyone except rock-knocker Steve Allen walking away from the show not wanting to spread the word that the Sun Records class of 1956 was, in fact, the Greatest Generation.
Chris Willman – LA Times
Unfortunately, the show is cursed with the same shortcomings that afflict other jukeboxers: At times the story seems like a feeble song-containment vessel.
Paul Hodgins – OC Register
It takes you thrillingly by surprise, that first glance at Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins onstage together, and from then on the excitement never lags in Million Dollar Quartet, Tony-nominated as Best Musical of 2010 and now touring the country, its latest stop at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center For The Arts.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA
The actors don’t just impersonate the performers; they play the instruments and sing the songs, too. And quite convincingly, if a preview performance by the cast in Costa Mesa a few months ago was any indication.
Kedric Francis – Coast Magazine
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa
7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays; Ends May 6, 2012
Tickets: $20 to $82.50; (714) 556-2787
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