Review: Million Dollar Quartet, York Theatre Royal, until Saturday. Box office: 01904 623568 or at ON December 4 1956, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis played and sang together for the first and only time.

On September 19 to 23 in York, and plenty more nights besides elsewhere, they did so again in Million Dollar Quartet, the jukebox musical that recalls how Sun Records mogul and rock'n'roll pioneer Sam Phillips brought them together in his studio, a converted auto-parts shop in Memphis, Tennessee.

Already this year, York Theatre Royal has played host to the Mod musical All Or Nothing, the story of the rise and demise of East Londoners The Small Faces, and now Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux's Million Dollar Quartet is another trip down memory lane where joys and troubles, hits and fall-outs play their part to the beat of a slew of glorious hits.

Peter Duncan, once of Blue Peter, plays the urbane narrator's role of Sam Phillips, the steady hand on the tiller guiding the course of his young charges, whose individual stories come in and out of the spotlight, each leading to a song, where the four lead actor musicians, plus Jennifer Caldwell as Dyanne, the name of Elvis's latest flame, are accompanied by drummer Ben Collingworth and stand-up bass player James Swinnerton.

Precocious piano-bashing pup Jerry Lee Lewis (Martin Kaye) is at loggerheads with Carl Perkins (Matthew Wycliffe), still searching for his second hit; Johnny Cash (Robbie Durham) has just signed to Columbia, unbeknown to Phillips. Elvis (Ross William Wild), already moved to RCA and Hollywood, is passing through, keen to work with Phillips once more.

Cutting back and forth between each act's first encounters with Phillips and the night they made rock'n'roll history, the high-energy show is authentically staged by director Ian Talbot, designer David Farley and lighting designer David Howe, with excellent sound design by Ben Harrison.

The music is terrific, from Walk The Line to Great Balls Of Fire; the fabulous performances go for the essence and soul of each icon, rather than doppelganger looks, and the story has plenty of clout to boot.

Million Dollar Quartet, York Theatre Royal, tonight and tomorrow at 7.30pm; Saturday, 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Box office: 01904 623568 or at