A local ‘Million’aire comes home for touring musical

February 20th, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Harrison native Cody Ray Slaughter as Elvis Presley

Cody Ray Slaughter remembers his audition for a spot in the touring production of “Million Dollar Quartet” well. It was his first-ever audition, after all.

He left the audition shaking — and not in the way that Elvis Presley, the character he wanted to portray, became so famous for.

Slaughter assumed he wouldn’t get the role. He assumed wrong.

The 20-year-old Harrison native and longtime Elvis impersonator joined the cast for its first national tour last year. He continues in his role as Elvis, and will return to Arkansas for a series of eight shows that begin Tuesday (Feb. 21) and continue through Sunday (Feb. 26) at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville.

The show revolves around a real-life chance meeting of four legendary performers: Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis. All four crammed into Sun Studio in Memphis, Tenn., in late 1956. Slaughter performs as Elvis, singing many of his hits, such as “Hound Dog.” Other performers re-create the roles of the other performers.

At a creative conversation at the Walton Arts Center a month ago, Slaughter told a small crowd how excited he was to return to Arkansas and about his fascination with Presley, which started at an early age. You can learn more about Slaughter and his interpretation of Presley if you read my story in What’s Up! from Friday [Note: Subscriber content].

Tickets to the show range from $39-$49 and available by calling 443-5600 or through the venue’s website.

We’ll see you at the show.

Bonus: Here’s Slaughter performing as Elvis (although it should be noted this clip isn’t part of the touring musical):

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