'Million Dollar Quartet' plays 2000th show in Chicago

Tribune reporter

It's not Chicago's longest running yet, but it's on its way. The Chicago production of "Million Dollar Quartet" at the Apollo Theater (2540 N. Lincoln Ave.) will play its 2000th performance Thursday.

The rock 'n' roll jukebox musical (now selling tickets through Jan. 5; milliondollarquartetlive.com) is based on a true story from Dec. 4, 1956, when Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley all played together at Sam Phillips' Sun Records in Memphis. The current cast includes Brandon Bennett (Elvis), Shaun Whitley (Carl Perkins), Lance Lipinsky (Lewis), Chris Damiano (Cash), Tim Decker (Sam Phillips), Whitney Kraus Jones (Dyanne), Marc Edelstein (Jay Perkins/bass player) and Dan Leali (fluke/drummer).

"Million Dollar Quartet" had its world premiere at Florida's Seaside Music Theatre in 2006. It first opened in Chicago in 2008 with a limited engagement in the Goodman's Owen Theatre, then moved to the Apollo; the original cast transferred to Broadway and won the 2010 Tony Award. The Chicago production claims to be "the longest-running Broadway musical production in Chicago's history," but call that a technicality. The longest-running Chicago theater production is generally considered to be the Neo-Futurist's "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind," which dates back to Dec. 2, 1988.

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