The drama just about holds attention, though it is at times stretched thinly. The tension and poignancy of each artist’s story is touched upon, though in none is its full potential realised. We would have liked to have seen more of Phillips’ enigma, Cash’s internal tussle between rock and gospel, Perkins’ poor Tennessee roots, and Elvis’ regret at losing his own roots to global fame. The drama is at its strongest in the freeze-frame asides which pitch back to pivotal incidents in Elvis’ and Perkins’ rise to fame. These work so well it is surprising they are not given greater prominence.
However, what the show lacks in depth of story, it makes up for in great rock ‘n’ roll music, which all fans of the genre will love, whether or not you remember the real event. The talented cast presents a fine tribute to four rock ‘n’ roll legends, and a historic day in the genre’s calendar. The music still takes you back to the ‘50s, whether or not you lived them.