Some shows, like Cats, seem like they go on forever. Others, well, they’re here now and gone tomorrow. Such is the case with a few productions that will bid farewell in the next couple of months. One actually has been around for quite some time in Chicago. If you love live theater and musicals, be sure to catch these before they close shop.
Million Dollar Quartet: Billed as the night Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins jammed together at Sun Records in 1954, Million Dollar Quartet has been in production at Lincoln Park’s Apollo Theater for eight years. That comes to an end when the show closes January 17th. As you can imagine with four iconic musicians like these, rousing performances ensue. You’ll hear “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Great Balls of Fire,” and “Who Do You Love?” among the 20-plus rock hits. Fun fact: Chicago Athletic Association co-developer John Pritzker’s sister, Gigi, is the play’s lead producer. And even when the show closes in Chicago, you can still catch it in Vegas and on tour around the country. The Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln.
Unspeakable: The show inspired by the life of iconic comedian Richard Pryor has been so well received, that Unspeakable was extended. But unfortunately only through November 8th when it closes down its run at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. The show focuses on Pryor’s life between 1967 and 1982, but shows how this maverick dealt with a life growing up in a brothel in Peoria, Ill, that was owned by his grandmother. His dad was a pimp. His mother a prostitute. He turned to his imagination to escape and eventually turned to drugs. The show is a harrowing and heartfelt look at a man and his comedy. Broadway Playhouse, 175. E. Chestnut.