One night in Memphis has turned into a long Chicago run for "Million Dollar Quartet." It's all based on an actual moment in 1956 when Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash showed up at Sam Phillips' Sun Studios for a jam session. The show contains two dozen iconic rock 'n' roll numbers performed by a fresh, young cast of actor-musicians, including Lance Lipinsky as a perky Lewis, Sean Sullivan as the melancholic, restless Cash and David Lago's earnest Elvis. Gabe Bowling, as Perkins, projects a bitterness that fills the room. The current quartet surely knows how to rock the Apollo Theater. And pack the Apollo Theater; this show is a box office smash.
- CHRIS JONES
Open run at the Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave.; $59.50-$80 at 773-935-6100 and apollochicago.com
(April 13, 2012)
Levi Kreis, the original Jerry Lee Lewis in "Million Dollar Quartet," is slated to perform at Davenport’s Piano Bar in Chicago.
Kreis, who originated the role of the piano virtuoso Lewis in the Chicago production of "Million Dollar Quartet," went on to win a 2010 Tony Award for best featured actor after the production moved to Broadway. (The show continues to run in Chicago at the Apollo Theater.)
He has since made a career as a recording artist and has a new album due out June 20. (The music may not have much in common with the hits of Sun Records in 1956.) His concert at Davenport's will be 8 p.m. March 2; tickets $25 (plus 2 drink minimum) at 773-278-1830 or davenportspianobar.com.
(Kreis will also be a guest speaker and performer 10:30 a.m. March 3 for services at Unity on the North Shore in Evanston.)
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