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Unlike the baby in that video you watched in health class, rock ‘n’ roll was born driving a Cadillac and sporting a full head of perfectly coiffed hair. Relive the miracle of rock-life with today’s Groupon: $40 gets you a ticket to see Million Dollar Quartet, a spirited musical based on the impromptu jam session between legends Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash (up to a $66.50 value including Ticketmaster fees). Conveniently located in Lincoln Park, the Apollo Theater offers you a chance to cozy up to the performers in the intimate 435-seat theater. In order to sit with your friends, you must buy multiple tickets in one purchase.
Seemingly by chance, Presley, Lewis, Perkins, and Cash all convened at Sun Record Studios in Memphis just in time for label owner and producer Sam Phillips to discover their talents. Together, they wove the tapestry of rock ‘n’ roll from a collection of 50s standards, rock, rockabilly, gospel, gospelbilly, country, and R&B (rhythm and billy). Singing, acting, dressing, moving, and even sweating like their legendary counterparts, the talented musician-actors in Million Dollar Quartet turn the Apollo Theater into a live, rockin’ jam session with songs like “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Great Balls of Fire,” and “Sixteen Tons.” Their soulful voices, gyrating hips, and folksy head nods will seem to be right in your lap thanks to the Apollo’s masterfully engineered sight lines and acoustics.
Nominated for three Jeff Awards, Million Dollar Quartet is the perfect date idea for energetic thespians and moody music lovers. Take your parents out for a nostalgic radio romp, or treat your Valentine to a present that’ll last longer than chocolates or your love.
Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Windy City Times, Chicago Theater Blog, and Chicago Stage Review all sing the praises of Million Dollar Quartet: > * Is this the best rock ’n’ roll musical ever made? Off-hand, I can’t think of another Broadway-type show that portrays the music with such thrillingly raw immediacy. – Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune > * 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. – Venus Zarris, Chicago Stage Review > * …the performers — some actors who can play guitar, others musicians trying the acting thing — are genial, winning and persuasive without lapsing into hackneyed or overripe impersonation. – Charles Isherwood, New York Times > * As quartets go, this one does in fact look and sound like a million bucks. – Scotty Zacher, Chicago Theater Blog
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