"Million Dollar Quartet," the musical that conjures the unique 1956 recording session that brought together rock and roll legends Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, will break a record this Saturday, May 25 as it becomes the longest-running musical in Chicago history. With 1,949 performances over the course of its 5 years in this city, the Tony Award-winning rock 'n' roll musical has surpassed both "Wicked "and "Pumpboys and Dinettes."
In a prepared statement, producer Gigi Pritzker noted: "After five incredible years, with 500,000 tickets sold, 1,949 performances, 6,000 guitar picks, and 500 cans of hairspray, it's an absolute thrill for 'MDQ' to take its place as the longest-running musical in Chicago history. Since the very beginning, Chicago has embraced [this show], and we are grateful for the continued and enthusiastic support of our hometown audiences."
The show, which also has found success in New York, London, Japan, Las Vegas and on a national tour, has extended Chicago performances through Sept. 1, with cast members Brandon Bennett (Elvis Presley), Shaun Whitley (Carl Perkins), Lance Lipinsky (Jerry Lee Lewis), Chris Damiano (Johnny Cash), Tim Decker (Sam Phillips), Whitney Kraus Jones (Dyanne), Marc Edelstein (Jay Perkins/bass player) and Dan Leali (Fluke/drummer).
Directed by Eric Schaeffer and Floyd Mutrux, with a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, "Million Dollar Quartet"
features such rock 'n' roll, gospel, R&B and country hits as "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "Sixteen Tons," "Who Do You Love?," "Great Balls of Fire," "Ring of Fire," "Whole Lotta' Shakin' Goin' On," "Folsom Prison Blues," "I Walk the Line," and "Hound Dog."
"Million Dollar Quartet" is at the Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln. For tickets ($25-$85) call (773) 935-6100 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. For more show information, visit www.milliondollarquartetlive.com.