Chicago Theater Review - Million Dollar Quartet
Which all lead us to our rave review about the true story of the December, 1956 impromptu afternoon jam session where the famous Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and the unknown Jerry Lee Lewis let loose all their talents in the Memphis, Tennessee music offices of Sam Phillips’ Sun Records.
Consider the magical moments of this quartet’s repertoire.
- Blue Suede Shoes
- Who Do You Love?
- Folsom Prison Blues
- Memories are Made of This
- That’s All Right
- Down by the Riverside
- Sixteen Tons
- Long Tall Sally
- I Walk the Line
- I Hear You Knockin’
- Great Balls of Fire
- Hound Dog
- Riders in the Sky
- See You Later, Alligator
- Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On
And there are more songs you will definitely remember, if you’re a member of the 50s or 60s generations or one of millions of enamored fans throughout the years.
Each singer/ musician/actor excels in his role: Gabe Bowling as Carl Perkins; Sean Sullivan as Johnny Cash; Lance Lipinsky as the outrageous Jerry Lee Lewis; David Lago as the immortal Elvis Presley. Tim Decker successfully plays Sam Phillips, the Sun Records owner who nurtures the genius of each singing star, until, one by one, they desert Sam for larger recording companies and contracts. Only Jerry Lee Lewis remained, until 1963 when he moved to Mercury Records.
Billy Shaffer, aka Billy Bob, plays the fluke and drummer. Chuck Zayas performs as the bass player,Jay Perkins, (Carl’s brother). Chicago actor and singer Christine Sherrill plays Dyanne who flirtatiously sings with The Million Dollar Quartet.
The audience loved the show. I had to temper my singing and applauding until I realized that I was not alone.
Catch Million Dollar Quartet in cities throughout the U.S.
In Chicago, contact the Apollo Theater at 773-935-6100. Tickets are currently on sale through Sunday, January 2, 2011
Reviewed by Sharon Sultan Cutler