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My View: Get The Piano Tuner! – Opening Night: Million Dollar Quartet at The Berkshire Theatre Group

My View: Get The Piano Tuner! – Opening Night: Million Dollar Quartet at The Berkshire Theatre Group

The piano at at Berkshire Theatre Group’s  Unicorn Theatre will never be the same after Jerry Lee Lewis (Gabriel Aronson) of Million Dollar Quartet finished playing and gyrating on it last night at the opening of this Tony Award-Winning Musical, and Broadwayworld was there.  I wasn’t there on December 4th 1956 at Sam Phillips’ Sun Records in Memphis when Elvis Presley, Johnny Csh, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins came together for one monumental night of music making, but this show puts you right in the audio mix.  It’s based on a true story, and here’s another true story.  It’s director James Barry made his acting debut  at the Berkshire Theatre Group 18 years ago.  James also performed the role of Carl Perkins in the first National Tour of Million Dollar Quartet for two years and has reprised the role many times, and provided musical direction, and for this run at BTG he is directing.  That day in 1956 was the only time those four soon to become Rock & Roll icons were in the same recording studio.The Unicorn Theatre becomes Sun Records with all the authentic sights and sounds as Elvis (Brycen Katolinsky), Johnny Cash (Bill Sheets), Carl Perkins (Colin Summers), Jerry Lee (Gabriel Aronson), and Sam Phillips (Ben Nordstrom) authentically create the music.  Also appearing in the show were Nathan Yates Douglass (Brother Jay), David W. Lincoln (Fluke Holland), and Christy Coco (Dyanne)

Book by Colin Escott & Floyd Mutrux – directed & music direction by JamesBarry – original concept & direction by Floyd Mutrux

Million Dollar Quartet plays through July 15th at The Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre.

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of this show go to BroadwayWorld.com)

Million Dollar Quartet
Gabriel Aronson (Jerry Lee Lewis)

Bill Sheets (Johnny Cash), Brycen Katolinsky (Elvis), Gabriel Aronson (Jerry Lee Lewis), Colin Summers (Carl Perkins)

Ben Nordstrom (Sam Phillips)

Berkshire Theatre Group

(For complete photos of this event go to Broadwayworld.com)

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email: stephen@t2conline.com

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