A new Million Dollar Quartet
Producers for the smash jukebox musical Million Dollar Quartet announced their new Chicago cast today. Starting February 3, David Lago, Lance Lipinsky, Gabe Bowling and Sean Sullivan will take on the roles of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash, respectively. That’s because the original foursome, Eddie Clendening, Levi Kreis, Rob Lyons and Lance Guest (all but Kreis pictured above), is headed to Broadway; the show starts previews at New York’s Nederlander Theatre March 13. The long-running recreation of a legendary 1956 Sun Studio recording session continues here at the Apollo Theatre at least through May 30. If you haven’t made it out yet, it’s well worth doing so: The show wields its thorough research lightly and rehearses rock history with a blazing, and rousingly performed, score. While the current cast will be tough to match, the newcomers offer some impressive credentials. Lago won an Emmy for playing Raul on The Young and the Restless, while Sullivan did fine work in 2008’s Requiem for a Heavyweight at Shattered Globe Theatre. And as lead guitarist for Wisconsin's rockabilly-tinged Fat J and the Pinners, Bowling should offer a solid take on the pivotal Perkins role.