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Million Dollar Quartet

Florida Studio Theatre

Director, 2016

Go inside the famous Sun recording studio and witness the most famed jam session in recording history. The new smash-hit musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET tells the story of legendary music icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins coming together for one unforgettable night.




The Observer:  Director Jason Cannon does a fine job of making this precisely engineered entertainment experience resemble a spontaneous get-together… Rocks the house… There’s a whole lot of great musicianship going on… And, along with their singing, playing and fine motor skills, these guys (and one gal) can also act. You instantly grasp who their characters are… Together, all these talented individuals bust a gut telling the story behind the music. Yes, they do… FST knows they’ve got a hit on their hands. It’s impossible not to have fun.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune:  The vibrant cast rocks out… A group of dynamic singers and musicians bring to life four of the biggest legends in the development of rock ‘n’ roll in Florida Studio Theatre’s often thrilling production of “Million Dollar Quartet”… Supercharged singing… The music is fun and played with such verve that at times you feel you’re really watching the birth of greatness… the kind of energy I’ve rarely experienced at Florida Studio Theatre as they celebrate a glorious period of musical reinvention and deliver performances that make you feel a connection to the artists.  A very tasty cake that director Jason Cannon has prepared to perfection… ​Rock ‘n roll’s not only alive but kickin’ — maybe more than ever — in Sarasota, thanks to the Million Dollar Quartet… There’s high voltage electricity in the performances… Boomers at FST at opening applauded in record decibels. Still, I think even millennials will appreciate Million Dollar Quartet.

TalkinBroadway:  Director Jason Cannon has done a superb job in his casting… The music-making kicks the audience into high gear. I’ll bet that at some performances there is dancing in the aisles… Fine acting always means fine directing, this time by Jason Cannon, who has become a major asset to Florida Studio Theatre with work in several other areas including a fine performance in Dancing Lessons a few years back. Everything about this production is top notch, including how it perfectly fits the intimacy of the Gomperz Theater space… FST has a big hit on its hands.

Sarasota Magazine:  A high energy production… Many hits are performed by the highly energetic cast under the direction of Jason Cannon and music director Darren Server… Million Dollar Quartet is slated to play through Jan. 1, although I’d bet the run will be extended.