Rock ’n’ roll with ‘Million Dollar Quartet’

Tyler Hunter stars as Elvis Presley in the national touring production of “Million Dollar Quartet.”
Tyler Hunter stars as Elvis Presley in the national touring production of “Million Dollar Quartet.”Jeremy Daniel

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I’m not crazy about the jukebox musical as a genre. But, you know, sometimes it depends what’s on the jukebox.

Take “Million Dollar Quartet,’’ which has arrived in Boston for a run that ends Oct. 20. It has all the weaknesses of the genre: a wafer-thin story line; minimal-to-nonexistent character development; stilted dialogue that acts as little more than an expository bridge to the next song. Essentially, it’s a concert masquerading as a musical.

But under the direction of Eric Schaeffer, who helmed the excellent 2011 revival of “Follies’’ on Broadway, “Million Dollar Quartet’’ steadily wears down — or blasts through — your resistance by tapping into the rude, raw energy of early rock ’n’ roll.

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