What started out as a little show in the Owen Theater at The Goodman has become a major theatrical production, not only here in Chicago, but in New York as well. The show is “Million Dollar Quartet” that has been rocking Lincoln Avenue with its marvelous story of the famed 1956 recording session that brought Sun Records legendary idols together for one night only; Elvis Presley ( David Lago), Jerry Lee Lewis ( Lance Lipinsky,Johnny Cash(Sean Sullivan) and Carl Perkins (Gabe Bowling) with their producer, The “father of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Sam Phillips ( Tim Decker). What a night it was.
While the cast is new ( the original cast went off to raise the roof in New York, showing them why Chicago is no longer “the second city” when it comes to theatrical productions and was nominated for three Tony Awards), it is solid, each member playing their own instruments as they bring this glorious night in history to the stage at The Apollo. The other cast members, Kelly Lamont playing Elvis’ girlfriend Dyanne ( a character that was added to the story),Billy Shaffer and Chuck Zayas help make the music even stronger. Speaking about the music- it is a treasure trove of classics including “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Sixteen Tons”, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ goin’ on”, ,”I Walk The Line”,”Hound Dog” and many more. A combination of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Country and R&B that will have you tapping your feet and will bring back many memories.
This night ( December 4th, 1956) was one of the most memorable dates in Rock ‘n’ Roll history and viewing “Million Dollar Quartet” will be a lasting memory for every audience member, young and old. While this production is one that could be never ending in its run, as of now, they are only selling tickets through January 2nd of 2011, so make this number one on your “to-do list” and order them right away.
Tickets range from $25-$77.50 and the Apollo is just the right size so that there are no bad seats. The performance schedule is as follows:
Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.,Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m.,Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Discounts are available for “family nights” on Sundays at 6:30 for October 17th and November 14th. To learn more visit www.milliondollarquartetlive.com.
To order your tickets, visit the Apollo box office located at 2540 N. Lincoln Avenue, call 773-935-6100 or www.ticketmaster.com
This is 90 minutes of pure magic, no matter your age!