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July 30, 2010

Tony Nominated Musical "Million Dollar Quartet" Coming To Illinois State Fair
Free concert features songs by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins

SPRINGFIELD,IL  – The smash hit musical inspired by rock n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins is coming to the Illinois State Fair for a special appearance.  The Chicago cast of Million Dollar Quartet will perform a free concert at the Grandstand on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.

Million Dollar Quartet is inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.  The musical is currently running on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre and at the Apollo Theater in Chicago. 

On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time.  Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of hits including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "That's All Right," "Sixteen Tons," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Who Do You Love?," "Matchbox," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Hound Dog" and more.

Million Dollar Quartet features Emmy® Award-winning actor David Lago (Elvis Presley), accomplished musician/performer Lance Lipinsky (Jerry Lee Lewis), Chicago musician and actor Gabe Bowling (Carl Perkins), Jeff Award nominee Sean Sullivan (Johnny Cash), Tim Decker (“Father of Rock ’n’ Roll” Sam Phillips), Kelly Lamont (Elvis’ girlfriend Dyanne), Billy Shaffer (Fluke/Drummer) and Chuck Zayas (Jay Perkins/Bass).

More information about Million Dollar Quartet, including photos and videos, can be found at milliondollarquartetlive.com.

A free performance by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra will follow Million Dollar Quartet on Aug. 16.


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