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Million Dollar Quartet Reviews - Theatre In Chicago

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended "...The new commercial musical 揗illion Dollar Quartet?contains virtuosic performances. The kind of jaw-dropping turns that snap your head to the stage and unlock your feet from the floor."Chris JonesChicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended "...The show comes with a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux (co-director with Eric Schaeffer) that is little more than the standard connect-the-dots, supply-the-back-story string of cliches. But it gets the job done, and who wants to listen to dialogue when the only real story here is the music -- two dozen rock and roots classics performed with rip-roaring virtuosity by sensational performers who (unlike the actors in "Jersey Boys") not only sing but are also ace instrumentalists."Hedy WeissDaily Herald- Highly Recommended "...A combination concert, history lesson and homage to the musicians and their visionary producer, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, "Million Dollar Quartet" is the most exuberant theatrical event I've experienced all year. A jukebox musical in the best and purest sense of the word, it persuades even those disinclined to the genre (I include myself among them) that in the right hands, this format has merit."Barbara VitelloExaminer- Recommended "...As for the recording session that comprises 揗illion Dollar Quartet,?it抯 an ultra-high energy 90-minute jam. This is an ensemble work, but Lance Guest抯 Johnny Cash is its heart and soul. With a baritone that seems to reach into his soul, Guest is simply haunting as Cash. Equally fine in a less substantive role is Levi Kreis?manic Lewis. A virtuoso in ratty sneakers and fashion-don抰 dungarees, he stops the show more than once, at one point kicking the piano bench offstage and then playing backwards ?facing away from the keyboard and finding the right notes through nothing more than intuition and sheer joy."Catey SullivanChicago Reader- Highly Recommended "...Eddie Clendening and Lance Guest offer credible impersonations of Presley and Cash, but Levi Kreis as Lewis and Rob Lyons as Perkins better convey their characters?fiery personalities and electrifying artistry. Kelly Lamont shines as Presley抯 singer girlfriend, and Brian McCaskill gives the show its emotional center as Phillips, a man caught between competing personal and business pressures."Albert WilliamsWindy City Times- Highly Recommended "...It's hard work portraying icons, making for replacements in the ensemble currently playing at Lincoln Park's Apollo Theater where Million Dollar Quartet has run continuously for nearly four years. Gabe Bowling's Perkins is a little cleaner-cut than previous incarnations, and James Scheider's Lewis more physically subdued, but Sean Sullivan's Cash displays a commanding presence (and astonishing vocal range), Brandon Bennett's Presley reflects the singer not yet enslaved to greedheads, and Heather Marie Marsden, in the easily dismissed role of kibitzing Dyanne, breaks with sex-kitten mannerisms to deliver a rafter-raising "Hear You Knocking." Who says a history lesson can't rock the room?"Mary Shen BarnidgeChicago Free Press- Highly Recommended "...Sure, 換uartet?is also thin on drama, and the integration between book and song isn抰 seamless. But it抯 got something going for it besides the astonishingly accomplished musicality: Its loosely-based-on-true-life tale doesn抰 try to encapsulate decades of biography, but (mostly) sticks to a simple unity of place and time: Memphis, December 4, 1956. It抯 also smart enough not to break momentum for an intermission, instead treating its audience a continuous roller coaster of smoking-hot rock 憂?roll that zooms up, down, around and through the Apollo Theater梬hich explains why this hit show keeps extending its run."Read Full ReviewWeb BehrensTalkin Broadway- Recommended "...Million Dollar Quartet makes for a fun evening, but you wonder if this piece, made for a small house seating hundreds, will be enough to meet Broadway expectations and seem right-sized for the 1,200 seat Nederlander in New York. Maybe Adam Koch's realistic set of the Sun Records recording studio will be expanded to fill the Broadway stage. Eric Schaeffer, who co-directed the piece with Mutrux, has had that challenge before, so we'll see what he comes up with. If Broadway's Memphis, another musical about the birth of rock 'n' roll in Tennessee's River City, is still running next Spring, the two musicals could make good companion pieces for a short course in the topic."Read Full ReviewJohn OlsonEpochTimes- Highly Recommended "...The trip from the Goodman Theatre to the Apollo Theater has not hurt "Million Dollar Quartet" at all. In fact, the smaller venue bringing the audience much closer to the action, almost makes you feel that you were at Sun Studios on that special day in 1956 (12/4)when Rock n" Roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and youngster Jerry Lee Lewis had a special recording session. The production is for the most part identical to that of the Goodman, but the Apollo is a more intimate spot where the audience is closer, the sound a little better and the same talented cast just makes you want to clap your hands and stamp your feet to some of the greatest hits of that era..."Al BresloffCopley News Service- Highly Recommended "...At first look, 揗illion Dollar Quartet?seems like still another of those compilation jukebox musicals that have swamped the Chicagoland theater scene in recent weeks. It just shows that one should never prejudge. 揗illion Dollar Quartet?turns out to be the best live rock 憂?roll show I have ever seen."Dan ZeffEdge- Highly Recommended "...Brian McCaskill is appropriately and contradictorily dour and enthusiastic in the roll of Sam Phillips. The character抯 own "straightness" of personality seems to be the gift-giving element he utilized to help other, similar characters, find their own voices. Phillips lacks his own voice, in a sense, and McCaskill represents this nicely."Blythe LandryChicago Stage Review- Highly Recommended "...Seldom does a show explode right out of the gate with such an exciting musical number as the opening of Million Dollar Quartet! As much, if not more, a classic rock and roll concert of the first order, this dazzling show is a guaranteed delight for anyone who loves good music delivered by gifted performers. From the opening of Blue Suede Shoes to the Whole Lotta Shakin?finale, Million Dollar Quartet delivers, with electrifying talent and charm, the characters and music that made rock and roll an archetypal part of the America psyche."Read Full ReviewVenus ZarrisTime Out Chicago- Recommended "...Written without much condescending narration梐nd mostly as a love letter to unsung label founder Sam Phillips, the CEO of cracker soul桻uartet puts its authentic rock music front and center. In this acoustically expert re-creation, the four professional musicians channel their respective forebears with a spiritual medium抯 accuracy, especially reckless Kreis抯 Jerry Lee Lewis, who抯 frankly so dead-on it抯 ridiculous."Christopher PiattChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended "...Million Dollar Quartet has a truthful book as well as outstanding arrangements (Chuck Mead) of early classic rock, country and traditional songs of the 1950抯. The real stars of this show are the dynamic music and the sheer musicianship of the six performers. This exhilarating show is a 憁ust see?event. It is pure energy. I抦 betting this show will have a long run in Chicago."Read Full ReviewTom WilliamsNewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended "...while the source material is cultural gold, the challenge is in the casting, and here the producers have done an outstanding job. Not only do Eddie Clendening, Levi Kreis, Lance Guest and Robert Lyons sound like, respectively, Elvis, Jerry Lee, Johnny and Carl, but the physical impersonations in both appearance and mannerisms are quite strong. Kreis?Lewis is especially crowd-pleasing in his insane antics behind, and all over, the keys."Brian HieggelkeChicago Theater Beat- Highly Recommended "...When the quartet plays, they forget about contracts and television appearances and just live in the music. That release is rock n?roll, and Million Dollar Quartet is a fitting tribute to its early years that shouldn抰 be missed."


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Million Dollar Quartet Reviews - Theatre In Chicago

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended "...So how does it stack up in a big proscenium house like Aurora's Paramount Theatre? Judging by the whole lotta shakin' that went on Saturday night? Just fine, thanks. Director Jim Corti's production raises the rafters, but also knows when to pull back and let some of the quieter interactions between the big names and soon-to-be-stars nurtured by producer/impresario Sam Phillips have their unvarnished and unguarded moments."Read Full ReviewKerry ReidChicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended "..."Million Dollar Quartet," the virtuosic jukebox musical with a book by Colin Escott (who conceived the show) and Floyd Mutrux, played in Chicago for more than 2,500 performances between 2008 and 2016, first at the Goodman Theatre, but for most of the time on the intimate Apollo Theatre stage. Now, framed by the Broadway-size proscenium of Aurora's Paramount Theatre, the show not only maintains that intimacy, but simultaneously erupts with the larger-than-life musical electricity and emotional heat its story demands. In fact, the show feels as if it has found its proper scale."Read Full ReviewHedy WeissDaily Herald- Highly Recommended "...Part rock 'n' roll history lesson, part homage to its pioneers -- including visionary producer Sam Phillips -- this jukebox tuner is a fictionalized account of a 1956 jam session at Phillips' Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, where the titular quartet -- Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley -- briefly came together."Read Full ReviewBarbara VitelloAround The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended "...It was so loved and highly rated that they immediately found a home in a larger venue, The Apollo, where it remained for years. Now, this "small" show was being offered at the much larger Paramount. How could they pull that off? Tonight, I sat and watched (and marveled at) their production, I realized that once again Jim Corti (the master of musical theater direction) had indeed done it again! He had taken this "small" piece to a greater level from start to end ( I will tell you more about the end later) than all the previous productions that Chicago has seen."Read Full ReviewAlan BresloffChicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended "...This production marks a prodigious beginning to Paramount's seventh season. Jim Corti's polished production, with his attention to detail, is a musical that, although it began elsewhere, grew and took form in Chicago. Beginning at the Goodman Theatre, back in 2008, it then transferred, due to popular demand, to the Apollo Theatre on Lincoln Avenue, where it broke all attendance records. When it opened on Broadway in 2010 it was nominated for three Tony Awards, winning for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. The show then went on to play Off Broadway the following year, and then began a current-running National Tour. Here is one more tribute to the show's popularity, as well as serving as a hallmark of Paramount's critically acclaimed, audience supported artistry. With such a fine, first-rate show, it portends nothing but greatness for a new season of musicals in the months to follow. As Jerry Lee Lewis and the company remind us, this entertaining evening's filled with a "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On!""Read Full ReviewColin DouglasChicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended "...As the first production in Paramount's seventh Broadway season, Million Dollar Quartet thoroughly entertains. It offers a sorely needed "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" escape from 2017 to a memorable day in 1956. But at its best, it also reminds patrons of the constant need for some soul searching best achieved down by the riverside."Read Full ReviewBarry ReszelChicago Theater and Arts- Highly Recommended "...Go to Paramount Theatre's 'Million Dollar Quartet' if you love Johnny Cash. Go if you appreciate really good boogie piano. Or go if you are interested in the Sam Phillip's Sun Studio's handling of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis."Read Full Review


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On a bigger stage, 'Million Dollar Quartet' is still a blast

Liz Lauren photoKavan Hashemian plays Elvis, with Courtney Mack, back from left, Bill Scott Sheets, Zach Lentino, Scott Simone and Adam Wesley Brown in "Million Dollar Quartet" at the Paramount Theatre.Kavan Hashemian plays Elvis, with Courtney Mack, back from left, Bill Scott Sheets, Zach Lentino, Scott Simone and Adam Wesley Brown in "Million Dollar Quartet" at the Paramount Theatre. (Liz Lauren photo)Kerry ReidChicago TribuneFor nearly eight years, “Million Dollar Quartet” packed the intimate Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park. The story of the fabled night that four giants of popular music all turned up in Memphis’ tiny Sun Studios obviously struck a crowd-pleasing chord. So how does it stack up in a big proscenium house like Aurora’s Paramount


Review: Million Dollar Quartet (Paramount Theatre)

Review: Million Dollar Quartet (Paramount Theatre)


                       Million Dollar Quartet   Book by Colin Escottand Floyd Mutrux Paramount Theatre, Aurora, IL (map) thru Oct 29  |  tix: $36-$64  |  more info         Check for half-price tickets                Irresistible and unstoppable


Million Dollar Quartet Reviews | News

Critic Reviews“bone-shaking, soul-stirring, good-time classics with a surprising amount of grit and soul.” 3.5 stars Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune “erupts with the larger-than-life musical electricity and emotional heat”


Million Dollar Quartet

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?Million Dollar Quartet is a musical inspired by the December 4, 1956 recording session that brought together Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley. The show, which is co-authored by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott, is co-directed by Eric Schaeffer and Mutrux, with musical direction by Chuck Mead. The show features a treasure trove of the greatest rock, rockabilly, gospel, R&B and country standards of the 1950s, including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "Sixteen Tons," "Who Do You Love?," "Great Balls of Fire," "Ghost Riders in the Sky," and "Whole Lotta' Shakin' Goin' On." Visit the Million Dollar Quartet website:


MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET----CHICAGO - Review of Apollo Theater Chicago, Chicago, IL

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET----CHICAGO - Review of Apollo Theater Chicago, Chicago, IL


COOKIEMOMMYORLANDO812Reviewed September 12, 2010 MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET----CHICAGOWhile a great review of the show by "Sentinel 19," and quite accurate, the reviewer left out the impressive FOUR STANDING OVATIONS, which brought the cast back out for some more fantastic music, inviting and encouraging the audience to participate, joining in on refrains, dancing, hooting, hollering, etc. It was amazing to say the least. And the cast, following the show, gracious, kind, welcoming, signing autographs and taking pictures with audience attendees. They must have been exhausted, but they stayed to thank the audience!!!! That was absolutely incredible! How many other performers do this following a show? AMAZING, INCREDIBLE, DON'T MISS IT! Oh, yeah...."wayne wcuro," parking under the "L" a problem? Are you kidding me? Finding a place to park in Chicago is a challenge in the city, and to find a safe place for $10, within 100 feet of the entrance to the theater? PLEASE!!!! I think the parking was an amazingly great deal! If you get a splatter of grease on your windshield, there is this fantastic thing they make available most everywhere called "Windex".... Ask COOKIEMOMMY about Apollo Theater Chicago2  Thank COOKIEMOMMY This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.Updating list... Write a ReviewReviews (113) Traveler rating Excellent59Very good39Average8Poor4Terrible3Traveler typeFamiliesCouplesSoloBusinessFriendsTime of year Mar-MayJun-AugSep-NovDec-FebLanguage All languages English (108)French (2)German (1)More languagesLanguage English (108)French (2)German (1)Italian (1)Portuguese (1)Show reviews that mention All reviewsmillion dollar quartetgame of throneshighly recommend this showhot tixactorsperformance


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