The hills surrounding the Frost Fire Theater are going to be rocking during the month of July as the Frost Fire Summer Theater production of “Million Dollar Quartet” goes into full swing starting on July 2.
Posted on 7/9/16
By Melissa Anderson
The theater, located in the heart of the Pembina River Gorge, has been showcasing Broadway hits, for over 30 years, and this years production is sure to have the audiences dancing in their seats as the cast revisits an iconic moment in rock’n’roll history.
“Million Dollar Quartet” is a musical inspired by the impromptu recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.
On December 4, 1956, these four legendary musicians were brought together in Memphis, TN, at the small, pioneering recording studio of Sun Records. “Million Dollar Quartet” brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more.
The impromptu music-making that ensued at the get-together was recorded for history with a single photograph, which Sam Phillips, owner and music producer of Sun Records, appropriately captioned, “The Million Dollar Quartet”.
The photograph and the account of the event that showcases the pivotal moment when the musicians were truly rocketed into legendary status by Phillips, is what inspired the Broadway stage production, which was awarded the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical.
“Memorable elements/features of the production are its humor, its heartwarming and completely believable dialogue weaved around the magnificent and nostalgic music that underwrote the Rock ‘N’ Roll Revolution,” Wayne Latham, who will portray the character of Sam Phillips in the Frost Fire production, said.
Latham explained that it was Phillips who not only gave the four musicians their break but brought the legendary musicians together at his recording studio where the musical takes place.
“The historical event in the very place where they all got their start or launch to stardom was orchestrated by Sam Phillips, who has been rightly dubbed ‘The Father of Rock ,N, Roll’, ” Latham said.
Bringing these musicians to life on stage is a very talented cast that also includes a few local talents. Jordan Thornberg of Walhalla will lend his voice to bring “The Man in Black”, Johnny Cash, back to life on stage. Behind every great man is a great woman, and Carsyn Soderstrom of Langdon will portray Rock’n’Roll icon Elvis Presley’s girlfriend, Dyanne, at the time of the event.
“If you experienced the magic of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Revolution; if you wondered why your parents or grandparents get dreamy-eyed when they talk about Rock ‘N’ Roll and its “Legends”; or, if you just like great music and great theatre, you need to put this on your Must See calendar,” Latham continued.
The Frost Fire Summer Theater is very excited and pleased to bring this outstanding stage production to the beautiful Frost Fire Theater in the magnificent Pembina River Gorge for the whole month of July starting on Saturday, July 2 with the final show on Sunday, July 31.
Performances will take place on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays beginning July 2. Matinees will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays with evening performances at 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets are $12 for children and $30 for adults. Grill menu, group tickets and Canadian rates are available by calling Frost Fire at 701-549-3600.