It's not uncommon for actors to bond during a show's run, forging friendships that last beyond the final curtain call. But it's not often that the performers get a chance to get the band back together for another show. Luckily, Ovation Theatre is all about making dreams happen this Friday with "Streets of Bakersfield."
The one-night-only engagement reunites the cast of "Million Dollar Quartet," which ran this spring. The rollicking musical imagining the famed impromptu jam session involving Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash closed the 19th Street theater's inaugural season.
Cast members will reprise their roles: Joey Boone as Cash, James O’Hearn as Lewis, Jeff Ardray as Perkins and Dominic Demay as Presley. Jessica Ardray, who played Dyanne, a singer and Presley's girlfriend, also returns for Friday's show.
Director Adam Cline was happy to help make the show a reality.
"The guys from 'MDQ' really wanted to get back together and do a concert version of the show with a few added songs from Buck Owens, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard and Elvis," he wrote in an email. "We had such a great time doing that show and all these guys really became good friends during the process."
Drummer Jeff Ingle and bassist Ray Sadolsky will also return to provide musical accompaniment for the show featuring "Quartet" hits as well as "A Boy Named Sue," Mama Tried," "Walking After Midnight," "Suspicious Minds," "Don’t Be Cruel" and, of course, "Streets of Bakersfield."
Nate Pugh will play Sam Phillips, label owner of Sun Records, offering a narrative through line for the show.
Cline said people shouldn't wait to purchase tickets since half are already sold as of early this week.
He said, "It will be a great night, full of some wonderful hit songs from all these guys."