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Rock Baby Rock Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater) Image

When: Tuesdays. Continues through May 3 2016

This live dinner show is a groovy cure for your Million Dollar Quartet closing blues. Former cast member Lance Lipinsky—Jerry Lee Lewis in the long-running Chicago staple—takes center stage, leading a retrospective concert featuring hits from the 50s and 60s, the “golden age of rock 'n' roll." Songs like “Great Balls of Fire” are crowd-pleasers, but Lipinsky offers a much more broad and nuanced performance with his band the Lovers and backup singers the Lovettes. Interstitial bits on the history of Chicago’s “record row” add some locational interest, along with nods to relevant memorabilia around the Hard Rock Cafe itself, but music is what matters here, and the cast deftly builds momentum, moving from the big-band era all the way to the British Invasion. On the night I attended several audience members even got up to dance. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $45 (includes $20 voucher for food or beverages)

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