Million Dollar Quartet to End 7-Year Chicago Run; Mind Games To Follow

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The musical recreated a concert with Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley
(L-r): Levi Kreis and Rob Lyons in a scene from the Chicago production of <i>Million Dollar Quartet </i>(2009)
(L-r): Levi Kreis and Rob Lyons in a scene from the Chicago production of Million Dollar Quartet (2009) Photo by Gabe Bowling

Million Dollar Quartet, the musical that dramatizes the historic recording session of four American rock icons who came to light in the '50s, will end its seven-year run in Chicago Jan. 17.

Directed by Eric Schaeffer (Follies), the show — filled with blues and rock 'n' roll hits — ran only 14 months on Broadway in 2010-11, but its original 2008 Chicago production at the Goodman Theatre (later transferring to the Apollo Theatre) turned into a blockbuster, running nearly 3,000 performances. There was also a national tour and productions in Las Vegas and London.

Lead producer Gigi Pritzker released a statement describing the show as a "success beyond our wildest imaginings."

Million Dollar Quartet — inspired by the true story of a December 1956 Memphis meeting of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, at Sun Records' studio — features a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux.

Under the gaze of Sam Phillips, the "Father of Rock and Roll," and with Elvis' lady friend in attendance, "the four young musicians 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," according to the producers.

The score, preserved on a cast album, features the hits from the rock 'n' roll, gospel, R&B and country catalog, including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "Sixteen Tons," "Who Do You Love?," "Great Balls of Fire," "Riders in the Sky," "I Walk the Line," "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On."

Next up at the Apollo Theatre will be Mark Salem's Mind Over Chicago, the latest in his interactive mind-reading shows. "Mind Games," a TV series based on his stage shows, is scheduled to premiere on the National Geographic Channel in May.

Previews for Mark Salem's Mind Over Chicago will begin Feb. 7. The limited run continues through March 27. For tickets, call (773) 935-6100 or visit apollochicago.com.

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