Our “King of Rock and Roll” Ross William Wild tells us what he’s most excited about and how he’s preparing to play Elvis Presley in Million Dollar Quartet.
Why did you want to be in this show?
I wanted to be in Million Dollar Quartet because I love Rock and Roll, I love playing instruments and I love Elvis!
What are you looking forward to most about being in Million Dollar Quartet?
I’m looking forward to being in a show with awesome musicians and playing a character that is absolutely iconic and one of the greats of music. Everyone knows Elvis and everyone knows his mannerisms and the way he sounded so I’m looking forward to the challenge.
What are you going to be doing to prepare for the role?
I’ll be watching all of his videos and listening to his music 24/7 and just really trying to get inside his head. I think that’s really important because he was in a certain place in the time that the show’s set and there’s a few different stages of Elvis, not one of them is the same. It’s getting the time right and it’s getting his frame of mind and the period, you know, what was going on; the up-surge of teenage revolution and how he was at the forefront of that is really, really important for history.
How old were you when you first learnt to play a musical instrument?
My first instrument was guitar and I started playing when I was 8. I had a little nylon string that my neighbour gave me and the first chords that I ever hit out where the blues chords, the blues scale and that’s what we’re going to be doing in the show.
What’s your favourite song from the era of the show?
My favourite song from the era is “That’s Alright” which is featured in the show. It’s just a cool song that teenagers would sing and I think it’s just the epitome of cool.
Why should people come and see Million Dollar Quartet?
I think people should come and see the show because there’s nothing quite as accurate as how the story plays out in regards to what the characters were like and how the music was played. We play it exactly as it was played, there’s been many impersonators of all the characters in the show throughout time, these guys have got it right in every way. I just can’t wait to do it!
Catch Ross and the rest of our cast at a venue near you from September 2016. Check out the tour dates page.