Million Dollar Quartet, Musical About Rock Legends Uniting in Memphis, Is a Chicago Hit

News   Million Dollar Quartet, Musical About Rock Legends Uniting in Memphis, Is a Chicago Hit Million Dollar Quartet, a new musical inspired by the famed 1956 recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll legends Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, is hot enough in its Chicago premiere to prompt a move from the Goodman Theatre to the Apollo Theatre, producers announced Oct. 14.

Performances at Goodman's Owen Theatre began Sept. 27 and continue to Oct. 26 (it's technically a rental, not part of the Goodman's resident season). Its first Apollo show is Oct. 31 (with a re-opening of Nov. 6).

A Seattle run preceded the Chicago bow. It opened in Chicago Oct. 5. Critics have embraced the show, which is driven by period pop numbers including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "Sixteen Tons," "Who Do You Love?," "Great Balls of Fire," "Ghost Riders in the Sky" and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On."

Directed by Eric Schaeffer and Floyd Mutrux with a book by Mutrux and Colin Escott, Million Dollar Quartet is produced by Dee Gee Theatricals and John Cossette Productions.

Here's how producers characterize the experience: "On Dec. 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 'n' Roll,' who discovered them all. The four legends-to-be 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."

Expect "a treasure trove of the greatest rock 'n' roll, gospel, R & B and country hits from these music legends." The production stars Levi Kreis as Jerry Lee Lewis, Lance Guest as Johnny Cash, Rob Lyons as Carl Perkins and Eddie Clendening as Elvis Presley, with Brian McCaskill as Sam Phillips and Kelly Lamont as Elvis' girlfriend, Dyanne.

The Apollo Theater is located at 2540 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. Tickets for the Apollo run are on sale through Jan. 4, 2009.

For more show information, visit www.milliondollarquartetlive.com.

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