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JASON DONOVAN IS SET TO PLAY FATHER OF ROCK, SAM PHILLIPS IN THE TONY AWARD-WINNING BROADWAY AND WEST END SMASH HIT, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. WE CAUGHT UP WITH THE AUSTRALIAN STAR AS HE PREPARES TO EMBARK ON THE UK TOUR

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Rock ‘n’ Roll As well as a hugely successful pop and TV career, Jason also has an impressive musical theatre background, including leading roles in The Rocky Horror Show, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Sweeney Todd and most famously, Priscilla Queen of the Desert. His latest casting as Sam Phillips sees him portray the legendary record producer, in what would be the greatest jam session of all time. Inspired by the famous recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll stars Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, Million Dollar Quartet is the worldwide hit that created music history in an unforgettable night of red hot rock ‘n’ roll, when these icons performed for the first and only time. What were your first impressions of Leicester’s Curve Theatre? I was very impressed with Curve and how modern it is, because traditionally many theatres by contrast are quite old. I'm not used to visiting theatres like this.

Your schedule for 2015-16 looked crazy busy… 2016 has been an exceptionally busy year and I’m still loving my singing; I’ve really enjoyed being on tour with the ‘Ten Good Reasons Tour’ which took place earlier this year. Do you get back to Australia much? My home has been in London for some time, so unfortunately I don’t get to go back to Australia quite as often as I’d like to. 2017 looks set to be equally as busy for you…? I’m looking forward to getting away with my family on holiday before my schedule picks up again; so yes 2017 looks to be equally as busy. Don't miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame & history, and join in the celebration… at Million Dollar Quartet. 14th-24th Sep Curve Theatre Ticket Office — 0116 242 3595

What attracted you to the role of Sam Phillips, and did you know much about him before taking on the role? I wasn’t too familiar with the character Sam Phillips actually – but I chose the role of because it was such a complete change from what I had been doing as Priscilla.

The story of how four stars made rock‘n’roll history

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