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Rock-legend impersonators entertain at Gateway

Rock-legend impersonators entertain at Gateway

By Stephanie Grimes | Posted - May 29, 2012 at 6:22 p.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY — Four of the most famous rockers of the 1950s got together for a jam session only once, but their legacies live on.

The four are being portrayed on a nationwide tour that is meant to reprise that appearance. Actors portraying Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins treated shoppers and passers-by to a musical journey through time at the Gateway's Olympic Legacy Plaza on Tuesday.

The cast of "Million Dollar Quartet," which opens at the Capitol Theatre Tuesday night and runs through Sunday, was live at the Gateway just like the legendary rockers did in Memphis on Dec.4, 1956.

"It's a pretty rockin' show," said Cody Slaughter, who portrays Elvis. "If you like rock and roll, if you're into music at all, this is the show."

"This is so different because it's not exaggerated," he continued. "It's not that typical broadway show. Everything you see and everything you hear is happening at that moment."

The four play their own instruments. Martin Kaye, who portrays Lewis, said he has not had to change much about himself to fit the role.

"I'm pretty wild myself anyway, so to play someone who is equally wild is pretty cool because I don't have to act any different," he said. "This is just us what you see is what you get."

He said he hopes people will go to the show with no expectations of what it should be like.

"You'll get going, the music will be coming through it, and you'll love it," he said. "I really don't think there's any way of not enjoying the show."

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