Chicago's MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Celebrates 1,000 Performances


On Friday, Friday 18, 2011, Million Dollar Quartet will celebrate its 1000th performance in Chicago by putting a new block of tickets on sale for performances through September 25, 2011. The Tony-nominated 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, celebrates its long run in Chicago, a successful, multiple Tony-nominated Broadway run and a London production, opening February 28.

The Chicago production continues to break box office records at the Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. Tickets are now available through September 25, 2011, at the Apollo box office, phone (773) 935-6100, and online through Ticketmaster, For more information, visit

Million Dollar Quartet features Emmy® Award-winning actor David Lago (Elvis Presley), accomplished musician/performer Lance Lipinsky (Jerry Lee Lewis), Chicago musician and actor Gabe Bowling (Carl Perkins), Jeff Award nominee Sean Sullivan (Johnny Cash), Tim Decker ("Father of Rock 'n' Roll" Sam Phillips), Kelly Lamont (Elvis' girlfriend Dyanne), Billy Shaffer (Fluke/Drummer) and Chuck Zayas (Jay Perkins/Bass).

Producer Gigi Pritzker comments, "Million Dollar Quartet has been playing in Chicago for 1000 performances and we couldn't be more thrilled. The houses in Chicago are still breaking records and it shows no sign of slowing down. Simultaneously, MDQ is having a great run on Broadway and it opens in London this month. It is truly an international phenomenon, one that had its early roots in Chicago. We are grateful to our Chicago audiences for embracing the show and we hope to keep rocking here for a long time."

On December 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.

Million Dollar Quartet features a treasure trove of the greatest rock 'n' roll, gospel, R&B and country hits from these music legends, including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "Sixteen Tons," "Who Do You Love?," "Great Balls of Fire," "Riders in the Sky," "Whole Lotta' Shakin' Goin' On," "Folsom Prison Blues," "I Walk the Line," and "Hound Dog." Million Dollar Quartet captures the infectious spirit, freewheeling excitement and thrilling sounds of a singular moment when four of the music industry's most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, came together for one of the most memorable nights in music history.

Directed by Eric Schaeffer and Floyd Mutrux, with a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux. Million Dollar Quartet is produced by Relevant Theatricals, John Cossette Productions and Northern Lights Inc.

Million Dollar Quartet had its world premiere at Florida's Seaside Music Theatre, and was subsequently staged at the Village Theatre in Washington, breaking box office records. In Chicago, the production moved to the Apollo on November 5, 2008, following its sold-out, limited engagement at the Goodman's Owen Theatre. The Broadway production of Million Dollar Quartet is now playing at the Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st Street. The Broadway production has garnered three Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Levi Kreis; three Drama League Award nominations; and an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination. Million Dollar Quartet opens this month in London at the Noel Coward Theatre.

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