The Last Session: Million Dollar Quartet Ends Seven-Year Chicago Run Today

News   The Last Session: Million Dollar Quartet Ends Seven-Year Chicago Run Today
 
Million Dollar Quartet, the musical that dramatizes the historic recording session of four American rock icons who came to light in the '50s, ends 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."

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