Shaun Whitley (Carl Perkins) is thrilled to be a part of this production. He is a multi-instrumentalist, actor, composer, and Jeff-nominated music director. Some Chicago credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Flute/Thisbe) with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Pump Boys and Dinettes (Jim) with Drury Lane Theater - Oakbrook, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Tommy, u/s Buddy Holly) with Drury Lane Theater - Water Tower, Uncle Vanya (Telegin) with TUTA, and Cotton Patch Gospel (Bass/Mandolin) with Provision Theater. He studied acting at RADA in London. Thanks to the producers and creative team for this amazing opportunity. Love to both of his families, and most especially to Meg.
Adam Lee (Johnny Cash) has always loved two things -- music and an open stretch of highway. Growing up an Air Force brat, he spent his youth travelling the world and got that ramblin' fever early. He hit the road as a drummer at age 20 and never looked back. An accomplished songwriter with three releases of original material, he's spent the past six years touring the U.S. and Europe promoting his own brand of Americana and is thankful to his family for their endless support. More information available at www.adamleeband.com.
Lance Lipinsky (Jerry Lee Lewis) While other kids were doing their homework, Lance was studying his dad’s record collection of people like Elvis, Roy Orbison, and his hero, Jerry Lee Lewis. These strong convictions for the past consumed his lifestyle and dedicated his career to the modern underground Rockabilly movement. Now at age 24, this Texas native combines these styles in his own original music similar to early rock ‘n’ roll, classic country and even a touch of 1960’s pop. His energetic live shows have led him all over the world, even to making his national television debut at the original Ryman Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. Visit www.lancelipinsky.com for updates on his first album recording, which with use all analog equipment to emulate the timeless 1960’s sound.
Brandon Bennett (Elvis Presley), a native son of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, began his singing career as a small boy, influenced mainly by his great-grandfather. His talent, along with his natural resemblance to The King of Rock 'n' Roll, has enabled him to perform with legendary stars like The Jordanaires, DJ Fontana, The Sweet Inspirations, and more. Brandon has been honored with several international awards, including prestigious honors from Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. He joins the cast of MDQ after performing for the past two years with the stage production The Elvis Story in Quebec, Canada. Go to www.brandonbennettlive.com
(Fluke/Drummer) A native of the Chicago area, Dan has performed live or on recordings with such artists as jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker, songwriters Jewel, Liz Phair, Peter Himmelman and Robbie Fulks, Poi Dog Pondering, Fareed Haque, bluesman John Primer, and Liquid Soul. He has performed on television and radio jingles, as well as arcade and video game soundtracks, and maintains a private teaching practice. Last, but most certainly not least, Dan is also a founding member of the band Tributosaurus, currently celebrating its 10th year as the “Civil War Re-Creationists of Rock and Roll.” He would like to thank his family and close friends for their love and support, especially Kim, and is proud to be a new member of the MDQ family!
(Jay Perkins, Bassist) Devoted to American roots music, Marc hasavidly promoted and performed internationally in rockabilly, bluegrass, country, and folk projects.Performances include alt-country’s RobbyFulks Band; 7 years with Special ConsensusBluegrass Band; musical revue Women In My Life with singer-songwriters Bob Gibson andMichael Smith; Chicago Symphony Orchestra’scountry & western auxiliary CSOakies;and numerous recordings. Marc made histheatrical debut as string bassist and vocalistin the Jeff Award winning Woody Guthrie’s American Song (Northlight, Briar Street Theater), and performed in Shakespeare’s As You Like It (Goodman Theater). Marc is thrilled to perform this powerful music with such an inspirational cast and crew.
Jason Bradley (Sam Philips) is excited to join the talented cast and creative team of Million Dollar Quartet. Previous Chicago area credits include Steppenwolf Theatre (The Diary of Anne Frank), Writers Theatre (To the Greenfields Beyond), and Circle Theatre (Stripped, Jeff nomination, best actor). Regional credits include many wonderful productions at Indiana Rep; three years in the acting company at the Asolo Theatre; Cleveland Playhouse; Geva Theatre Center; and, in his home state of Wisconsin, at Madison Rep, Milwaukee Rep, and American Players Theatre. Jason is proud to be celebrating his 10th year as a member of Actors' Equity Association.
Kelly Lamont (Dyanne) is ecstatic to be back in Chicago playing the role she originated in 2008. Since then she's toured with MDQ in over 125 cities in the U.S., Canada and Japan. Kelly dedicates all her performances to her mom, her angel in the lights. www.kellylamont.com
Colte Julian (U/S Jerry Lee Lewis) was born and raised in the small farm town of Fletcher, OK. He received his BA in Music from Oklahoma State and MM in Musical Theatre Performance from Arizona State. He is grateful that Pawpaw introduced him to the music of Jerry Lee as a kid and that his inner hillbilly gets to feel at home in this show. Other credits include; Chicago: Next to Normal; Regional: Oklahoma!, Carousel, Rent, Footloose, and Fiddler on the Roof. An inconceivable amount of thanks and love to his family for their love and support! www.coltejulian.com
Kurt Jenkins (U/S Carl Perkins/Elvis Presley), is ecstatic to make his Million Dollar Quartet debut! Recently, Kurt has been thrilling audiences across the country as Buddy Holly in the Equity National Tour of Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story. Other Buddy productions include Ogunquit Playhouse and Pittsburgh CLO. Additional theatre credits: Godspell (Jesus), The Fantasticks (Matt), and Bat Boy (Bat Boy). Kurt also studied Film Production at the University of Central Florida (B.F.A.) and performs his original music under the name Skyway Spirit. Kurt would like to thank his family and friends for their encouragement, patience and tough love. Visit Kurt at www.skywayspirit.com
(U/S Johnny Cash/Sam Phillips) is excited to join the amazing production of Million Dollar Quartet! Hailing from Ohio, Travis has been active in the Chicago arts community for several years,and is a proud company member withTheatre Seven of Chicago. Some Chicagocredits include the world premiere of theQuiet Man Tales at the Chicago Theatre, Timeline Theatre’s production of The HistoryBoys (u/s Irwin), and The Water Engine withTheatre Seven of Chicago. Travis is an actor, playwright, and musician. Love and thanks to his wife, Elizabeth.
Laura Stuart Obenauf
Laura Stuart Obenauf (U/S Dyanne) Recently returned to Chicago, Laura couldn’t imagine a better welcome back gift than joining the Million Dollar Quartet family! Born and raised in northern Ohio, and a graduate of University of Illinois School of Music, Laura felt the calling to perform as early as she can remember. Favorite roles include Becca in Rabbit Hole, Nancy in Oliver, Illona Ritter in She Loves Me, Princess Clemintine in Frog Kiss! and The Woman in The 39 Steps. Infinite thanks to her amazing family for their endless love, belief and support! www.LauraStuartObenauf.com