Cast of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET to Play Jay Pritzker Pavilion with Free Concert 8/31
The cast of the long-running, smash hit Million Dollar Quartet, Chicago's beloved musical inspired by the famed 1956 recording session that brought together legendary rock ‘n' roll icons Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, and throngs of excited music-lovers will rock the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park with a free concert on Tuesday, August 31 at 6:30 p.m. The hour-long performance is open to the public and will feature classic, crowd-pleasing rock ‘n' roll, gospel, R&B and country hits from the musical, including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Great Balls of Fire," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," among others.
The concert will take place on Tuesday, August 31 at 6:30 PM at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.
On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at 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. Featuring a treasure trove of the greatest songs ever recorded, Million Dollar Quartet captures the infectious spirit and thrilling sounds of a singular moment when four of the music industry's most extraordinary talents came together for one of the most memorable nights in music history.
Directed by Floyd Mutrux and Eric Schaeffer, with a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, Million Dollar Quartet is produced by John Cossette Productions and Dee Gee Theatricals. The Chicago production of Million Dollar Quartet stars Emmy Award winner David Lago as Elvis Presley, Sean Sullivan as Johnny Cash; Lance Lipinsky as Jerry Lee Lewis; and Gabe Bowling as Carl Perkins. Kelly Lamont plays Elvis' girlfriend Dyanne and Tim Decker plays the "father of rock and roll" Sam Phillips. Jim Barclay plays the role of Fluke (drums) and Chuck Zayas plays Jay Perkins (bass).Tickets for Million Dollar Quartet are now on sale through January 2, 2011, through the Apollo Theater box office, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave, (773) 935-6100. Tickets are available online through Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are $25-$77.50. (Standard ticketing fees apply.) Rush student tickets for select performances (Wed-Fri and Sun evenings only) are available 2 hours prior to curtain at the box office with valid Student ID. Student rush tickets are subject to availability.