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Former Yellow Springs resident Michael Malarkey plays the King of Rock and Roll.

YS native plays Elvis on British Broadway

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There’s a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on this year at the Noel Coward Theater in London’s West End, where former Yellow Springs resident Michael Malarkey is playing the part of Elvis Presley in the musical Million Dollar Quartet. The Tony award winning show that debuted on Broadway and has made its way to London is the story of the impromptu jam session at Sun Records in Memphis, Tenn., on Dec. 4, 1956 with rock legends Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. The show features the music the foursome put together that day and features the live performance of over 20 hits, including Blue Suede Shoes, Peace in the Valley, Hound Dog, Great Balls of Fire and Down by the Riverside.

Malarkey starred in many YS Kids Playhouse productions as a youth in Yellow Springs before leaving the village to train at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. His professional stage debut was in Laurie Sansom’s productions of Eugene O’Neill’s Beyond the Horizon and Tennessee Williams’ Spring Storm at the Northampton Royal and Derngate theater in Northampton and the National Theater in London.


Million Dollar Quartet debuted in Britain last month and plays six days a week through October, with possible extended booking through December.


5 Responses to “YS native plays Elvis on British Broadway”

  1. David Turner says:

    In Haiti, Japan, Iraq, Libya, Africa,… people are worrying about far more important things. How much snarkiness is this worth anyway? Michael Malarkey is a good guy and the article is about him after all.

  2. Lauren Shows says:

    I apologize for any misunderstanding my previous comment may have caused; speaking in defense of all the writers here at the YS News, I must say that we do, of course, take great care with and proofread everything we write, and that my comment to the contrary was not seriously meant. We do have rather a small staff, however, and occasionally we do make mistakes; though the name of the theater was correct in the print edition of the News, it slipped past our web proofreader. We do rely on and appreciate our readers, like yourself, correcting our mistakes, as this is a community paper intended for community discourse.

  3. Leila Ditca says:

    Wow. Mr. Cromer’s correction could have been framed in a more solicitous manner, no doubt. However I am seriously distressed that anyone working for *any* newspaper, much less the 100-plus year-old YS News, would say she is too busy to proofread anything. Is the no proofreading rule the official editorial policy of the YS News? Everyone makes mistakes. But not everyone justifies a mistake by saying he or she will not proof copy. That’s just due diligence at a newspaper isn’t it? I have to wonder though whether proofreading is the problem, since using Cowell for the last name of one of the most famous people in 20th-century theatrical history, and not knowing it was incorrect, suggests another sort of problem. Honestly, Ms. Shows, your response was worse than Mr. Cromer’s unkind phrasing.

  4. Lauren Shows says:

    Thank you for taking 0.14 seconds of your life to politely correct our mistake. We’re so busy around here, we can barely respond to all the very kind comments we receive, much less proofread anything.

  5. Charlie Cromer says:

    The Noel Cowell Theatre? Seriously? It took me 0.14 seconds to google “million dollar quartet london” to check its location.

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