Sons of Sun – The Sam Phillips Story (A Rock’n’Roll Play)
Is a rock and roll play about Sun Records, Memphis, and the artists that started their careers there.
After a successful premiere run at the Sando in September 2012, the play returns to the stages of Sydney.
Told through the character of its founder Sam Phillips, his assistant Marion Keisker, and the famous musicians that Sam recorded, this new Australian show features a three piece live band fronted by John Kennedy, performing thirty-five songs from Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and many more. The tenacious Sam Phillips is played by prolific Sydney actor, Matt Charleston, with co-stars Corinne Marie and Damian Sommerlad taking on multiple roles from Sam’s assistant Marion Keisker to Howlin’ Wolf.
Sydney musician John Kennedy, of Love Gone Wrong fame began developing the Sons of Sun idea in 2011 with the release of his Sons of Sun Vol 1 CD. Award winning Melbourne playwright Kieran Carroll (The Giraffe’s Uncle, 3XY OR I DIE!) has written an accompanying script to Kennedy's beautiful renditions. Internationally renowned director, Neil Gooding (Breast Wishes, Holding The Man, Gutenberg the Musical) seamlessly blends the narratives and songs to produce a compelling, original and heartbreaking blend of rock’n’roll theatre.
Performance lasts 90 minutes plus interval.
Written by Kieran Carroll
From an original idea by John Kennedy
Starring Matthew Charleston, Damian Sommerlad and Corinne Marie
Music performed by John Kennedy and The Sons of Sun Band