It was December 4, 1956 and four friends gathered at the now iconic Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee to jam and hang out with their mentor – rock and roll legendary producer Sam Phillips. The four buddies? No big deal…Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. Just a few music ICONS!!!
That fateful night inspired the hit Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet and it’s currently playing at the Music Hall at Fair Park, as part of the Dallas Summer Musicals. What makes this such a fantastic show is not only that it is an excellent Tony Award winning musical with an awesome true story line and rocking music – it also has a very strong Texas tie!
Christopher Ryan Grant plays Sam Phillips. The Yale and Oxford educated actor owns the stage! His swagger and style just lights up the big house but most nights he might be shining a little more brightly here in North Texas because he was raised in Denton and on any given night a family member or friend might be cheering him on!
At the Saturday matinee KRLD’s Chief Meteorologist Krista Villarreal was in attendance with her family. They loved the show and were even dancing in the aisles – you see Krista has a very special relationship with the handsome lead actor…Christopher is her baby brother!!
The talented siblings (along with a third brother who is now a chiropractor) had a great time growing up in Denton. They shared memories of playing “Ghostbusters” and other fun games but it seems they all knew they were somehow destined for the spotlight! Krista is 9 years older than Christopher (although they could pass for twins today!) and she said she always had a very special relationship with him – she knew he was very talented and said the whole family is looking forward to him continuing his great work (he also starred in the show on Broadway) so he can support all of them someday soon! She did promise me she won’t stop predicting the weather at KRLD – we would miss her!! – but she said it would be fun to be able to travel to see her brother as he performs around the country!
Million Dollar Quartet continues at the Music Hall through this Sunday. Don’t miss it! It’s a great night of super rock and roll by 4 of the best and also a great chance to see Krista’s baby bro – all grown up and lighting up the stage! And who knows – you might even see Krista dancing in the aisles again!