MDQ THE SHOW: The MDQ show is one of the best musical performances my wife and I have ever seen. It's on the same level as Beatles-Rain. The performers were were all reasonable impersonators of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis in looks, dress, voice and on-stage mannerisms. Close your eyes and you would think the real stars were there. It's amazing that they all could sing, act AND play their instruments masterfully. Carl Perkins (Shaun Witley) was especially good on the electric guitar. Christopher Damiano's (Johnny Cash) Walk the Line is awesome. Jerry Lee (Lance Lipinsky) was incredible on the piano including Jerry Lee's famous antics playing the piano standing up and using his feet at times. I was mesmerized by his piano talent and his dead-on impersonation of Jerry Lee's performances. Elvis sings Peace in the Valley (with the others singing harmony) in a way that gives you chills. The show ends with Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On and a more exhilirating musical experience you will not find anywhere. The show includes an informative story line about Sam Phillp's discovery, promotion and recording of these four rock superstars before they went on to major record labels. But the music just rocks! Whitney Jones as Elvis's girlfriend Dyanne does a couple female numbers (including the classic "Fever") just as well as the guys. The bass player is mostly just a background instrumentalist, but he does an upright string bass solo at one point that is jaw-dropping. The show lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes with no intermission, but it moves quickly and you never think about wanting an intermission. Better use the restroom before the show though. We tried to book tickets on a Sunday for the 5:30 pm performance and found it to be sold out. So, we went on Wednesday evening 9-05-12. That evening, it was about half full. The Johnny Cash and Dyanne actors came out to the lobby after the show to chat and sign autographs. Very personable people. Even if you are not a 50s rock fan, the show is very entertaining. The show is essentially family-friendly, though there is some light profanity sprinkled throughout the show.
THEATER: The Apollo Theater is small but you are very close to the perfomers. The seating is stadium style; the stage is ground level. Sound is fabulous. One review I read said it was freezing in the theater, so I took a jacket. But I didn't need it. Temperature was fine for the whole show. Restrooms are small but clean. Doors to the theater open 30 minutes before show time. No video recording or photos allowed.
PARKING: There is a small parking lot on the north side of the theater. Most of the parking is under train tracks. One review I read complained about grease falling on their car. However, we got there early and used nearby parallel street parking. Lincoln Park uses a pay box. You insert a credit card and enter the time you want (3 hours max.) and it charges your card and dispenses a sticker that you place on the inside of your windshield next to the sidewalk. There is no charge for parking after 900 pm. Since we got there early to pick up tickets (6:30pm for a 7:30 pm show), we found parking spaces open. However, it the theater were full, I'm not sure if there is enough parking near the theater.
RESTAURANTS NEAR THE THEATER: There are quite a few restaurants within 2-3 blocks south of the theater. Buffalo Wild Wings is one. We had a scruptious hamburger and BLT at Dillinger's Bar & Grill about one block south of the theater.
SUMMARY: I highly recommend this show. I hope to see it again.