On December 4, 1956 Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash came together at the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee for an impromptu jam session.
Inspired by this true event, the famed recording session is recreated in the Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of Million Dollar Quartet currently playing at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.
In on our continuing special 20 questions series we meet the actors playing these four rock and roll legends who also answer our 20 questions as their musical counterparts.
20 Questions with Steven Greenfield (and Jerry Lee Lewis)
1Your first job.
Steven: Piano accompanist for music theatre classes at Calgary Young People’s Theatre.
Jerry Lee: Sellin’ sewin’ machines.
2The job you always wanted as a child.
Jerry Lee: An entertainer.
3Your pet peeve.
Steven: People who talk about themselves … ironic, I guess.
Jerry Lee: Folks tellin’ me what I should and shouldn’t do.
Steven: Not to sound trite, but, really, anyone selflessly willing to make sacrifices to make the world a better place.
Jerry Lee: Mr. Paul Whitehead.
5Your biggest indulgence.
Steven: Cast recordings.
Jerry Lee: Good-lookin’ women.
6One thing no one knows about you.
Steven: I can’t whistle.
Jerry Lee: That in 1968, I starred as Iago in a rock musical called Catch My Soul, a version of Shakespeare’s Othello.
7Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.
Steven: My wife, my son, and my dog.
Jerry Lee: My pianna, my bible, and my antique fountain pen collection.
8The one word your best friend would use to describe you.
Jerry Lee: Ain’t never found any use for a best friend.
9If you were not an actor (or musician), what would you be doing?
Steven: Accountant or dentist.
Jerry Lee: Preachin’
10Hero or villain?
Steven: I’d like to think hero.
Jerry Lee: Antihero.
11Your life’s motto/mantra.
Steven: Be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then be Batman.
Jerry Lee: Either be hot or cold. If you are lukewarm, the Lord will spew you forth from His mouth.
12Your favourite song.
Steven: “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”
Jerry Lee: “The Old Rugged Cross.”
13Your favourite movie.
Steven: It’s a tie between Beauty and the Beast and Jurassic Park.
Jerry Lee: Basic Instinct.
14If you were a cartoon character which cartoon character would you be, and why?
Steven: Owl from Winnie the Pooh, because I may be a bit of a known-it-all.
Jerry Lee: The Tasmanian Devil, because I’m a force to be reckoned with, and woe to you if you get in my way.
15What will it say on your grave marker?
Steven: And on to the next adventure!
Jerry Lee: If I’m goin’ to Hell, I’m goin’ there playin’ the pianna.
16Who would you most like to have dinner with?
Steven: Walt Disney, Oscar Hammerstein II, Jim Henson, Bob Kane, and George Lucas.
Jerry Lee: Hank Williams, Al Jolson, Jimmie Rodgers, and, most of all, my mother and daddy.
17Your idea of happiness.
Steven: Saturday morning family cuddle puddle.
Jerry Lee: Wakin’ up every day knowin’ me and my family are safe and healthy.
18If you could go back in time, what would you tell your 20-year old self?
Steven: Play the long game.
Jerry Lee: Nothin’. Wouldn’t wanna change a thing.
19The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.
Steven: My family.
Jerry Lee: My children.
20To be or not to be?
Steven: To be.
Jerry Lee: To be.