Yesterday Kathie Lee Gifford, the co-host of the fourth hour of NBC's "Today Show" performed the Patsy Kline classic "Stop Look and Listen" with the cast of Million Dollar Quartet, the Broadway musical sensation.
In addition, Gifford's performance will be featured on today's edition of "Entertainment Tonight" which airs locally on WCBS-TV Channel 2 at 7:30 PM. Check local listings for airings outside the New York area. Click below to watch Kathie Lee and Hoda discuss her appearance. Click HERE to watch her performance.
Gifford is most recognizable to millions as the co-host on the fourth hour of NBC's "Today Show" with Hoda Kotb and for her 15 year run on the syndicated "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" for which she received 11 Emmy Award nominations. In addition, Gifford is an accomplished musical theatre actress having starred in the Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim's Putting It Together which was directed by Million Dollar Quartet's Eric Schaeffer. In addition Gifford and Schaffer worked together on the Signature Theatre's 2007 production of her musical Saving Aimee.
The cast of Million Dollar Quartet features Eddie Clendening (Elvis Presley), Lance Guest (Johnny Cash), Tony Award® winner Levi Kreis (Jerry Lee Lewis), Jared Mason (Carl Perkins), James Moye (Sam Phillips), and Elizabeth Stanley (Dyanne).
On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley together. The place was Sun Records' storefront studio in Memphis. The man who made it happen was Sam Phillips, the "Father of Rock and Roll," who discovered them all. The four young musicians united for the only time in their careers for an impromptu recording that has come to be known as one of the greatest rock jam sessions of all time.
Inspired by the actual event, Million Dollar Quartet features a treasure trove of the greatest rock and roll, gospel, R&B and country hits from these musicians, including such iconic songs as "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "Sixteen Tons," "Who Do You Love?," "Great Balls of Fire," "Riders in the Sky," "I Walk the Line," "Folsom Prison Blues," and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On." Million Dollar Quartet captures the infectious spirit, freewheeling excitement and thrilling sounds of a singular moment when four of the music industry's most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, came together for one of the most memorable nights in music history.
In addition, to Kreis' Tony® for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Million Dollar Quartet received Tony nominations for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical (Colin Escott & Floyd Mutrux). The show received an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Levi Kreis), a Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Musical Revue and three Drama League Nominations including Distinguished Production of a Musical and Distinguished Performance (Lance Guest & Levi Kreis).