Village Theatre’s famous progeny returns

  • Thu May 10th, 2012 10:20am
  • Life

By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer

“Million Dollar Quartet”: This Tony Award-winner got its start on the Village Theatre stage in Issaquah and went on to be a smash hit on Broadway.

The musical plays at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, opening Tuesday for eight shows.

This was a smash hit for Village Theatre as well when it played in 2007 and featured Levi Kreis, who went on to win a Tony for the Best Featured Actor in a Musical as the spitfire Jerry Lee Lewis.

“Million Dollar Quartet” featured Lewis along with Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. These four greats, through a twist of fate, were brought together and performed an impromptu jam session Dec. 4, 1956, at Sun Studios in Memphis.

It was a freak moment when they got together, also joined by the man who discovered them, Sun Records owner Sam Phillips. The moment was captured in the Memphis Press-Scimitar and was also an event in Colin Escott’s book “Good Rockin’ Tonight.”

The musical gives the audience a glimpse into the events that transpired on that special night and a musical blast into the past of smash hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Who Do You Love?” “Willie and the Handjive” and “Great Balls of Fire.”

“Million Dollar Quartet” opens 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Shows are at various times through May 20. Tickets start at $25. Go to stgpresents.org, tickets.com or call 877-784-4849.

“Leaving Iowa”: Don embarks on a bittersweet cross-country journey to scatter his father’s ashes and finds lots of laughter and memories along the way.

The show reveals wacky truths about families but also fond reminisces of childhood trips. The stand-up comedy team of Tim Clue and Spike Manton came up with this show and, as Clue explained it, the show is a “postcard to anyone who has ever found themselves driving alone on a road, revisiting fond memories of their youth.”

“Leaving Iowa” opens with previews at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Taproot Theatre, 204 N 85th St., Seattle. Shows are at various times though June 16. Tickets start at $22. Go online at www.taproottheatre.org or call 206-781-9707.

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; goffredo@heraldnet.com.