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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.