The national touring production of MEMPHIS, the 2010 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, kicked off on October 16, 2011 at the Orpheum Theatre in - where else - Memphis, TN, where it played through October 23. The company is now in Houston, where is plays through the weekend, and will next head to Tulsa from November 1 through November 6). Production shots have just been released and BroadwayWorld brings you a first look below!
The dates/locations that follow include: Oklahoma City, OK (November 8-13, 2011); Nashville, TN (November 15-20, 2011); Chicago, IL (November 22 - December 4, 2011); Toronto, ON (December 6-25, 2011); Pittsburgh, PA (December 27, 2011 - January 1, 2012); Charlotte, NC (January 3-8, 2012); Hartford, CT (January 10-15, 2012); Philadelphia, PA (January 17-22, 2012); Durham, NC (January 24-29, 2012); Atlanta, GA (January 31 - February 5, 2012); Clearwater, FL (February 7-12, 2012); Naples, FL (February 14-19, 2012); Greenville, SC (February 21-26, 2012); Cleveland, OH (February 28 - March 11, 2012); St. Paul, MN (March 13-25, 2012); East Lansing, MI (March 27 - April 1, 2012); Baltimore, MD (April 3-8, 2012); Hershey, PA (April 10-15, 2012); Schenectady, NY (April 17-22, 2012); Des Moines, IA (April 24-29, 2012); St. Louis, MO (May 1-13, 2012); Dallas, TX (May 15-27, 2012); Columbus, OH (May 29 - June 3, 2012); Buffalo, NY (June 5-10, 2012); Washington, DC (June 12 - July 1, 2012); Kansas City, MO (July 10-15, 2012); Las Vegas, NV (July 17-22, 2012); San Diego, CA (July 24-29, 2012); Los Angeles, CA (July 31 - August 12, 2012) and more.
The national tour of MEMPHIS stars Bryan Fenkart (Huey) and Felicia Boswell (Felicia) with Quentin Earl Darrington (Delray), Rhett George (Gator), Julie Johnson (Mama), Will Mann (Bobby), and William Parry (Mr. Simmons).
The company will also include Evan Autio, Bree Branker, Whitney Brown, Whitney Cooper, Scott Difford, Christopher Gurr, Daisy Hobbs, Crystal Joy, Kyle Leland, Jarvis McKinley, Happy McPartlin, Kenna Michelle Morris, Jill Morrison, Austin Owen, Kent Overshown, Alfie Parker Jr., Justin Prescott, Jody Reynard Chelsey Arce, Derek St. Pierre and Peter Matthew Smith.
Critically acclaimed MEMPHIS won four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score (David Bryan and Joe DiPietro), Best Book (Joe DiPietro), and Best Orchestrations (David Bryan and Daryl Waters). MEMPHIS won four Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Performance by an Actress (Montego Glover), Outstanding Music (David Bryan) and Outstanding Orchestration (David Bryan and Daryl Waters). MEMPHIS has also won four Outer Critic Circle Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Score (David Bryan & Joe DiPietro), Outstanding Actress (Montego Glover) and Outstanding Choreography (Sergio Trujillo).
MEMPHIS takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50's, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn't: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. MEMPHIS is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever.
MEMPHIS opened on October 19, 2009 at Broadway's Shubert Theatre. Previews began on September 23rd. Michael Kuchwara of the Associated Press says MEMPHIS is "The very essence of what a Broadway show should be!" while Charles Isherwood of the New York Times says, "David Bryan evokes the powerhouse funk of James Brown, the hot guitar riffs of Chuck Berry, the smooth harmonies of The Temptations, the silken, bouncy pop of the great girl groups of the period." The New York Post raves "Of such thrills, Broadway is made," Newsday calls the show "A smash! An extraordinary show," the Daily News promises that MEMPHIS will "Blast you out the door humming and happy" and NY1's Roma Torre cheers, "MEMPHIS ROCKS!"
The show features a brand new Tony winning score with music by Bon Jovi's founding member and keyboardist David Bryan and lyrics by Bryan and Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change), who also pens the musical's book. Bryan and DiPietro also collaborated on the award-winning off-Broadway hit, The Toxic Avenger. MEMPHIS is based on a concept by the late George W. George (producer of the Tony nominated Bedroom Farce and the film My Dinner With Andre), with direction by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) and choreography by Sergio Trujillo, who is currently represented by three shows on Broadway (Memphis, Jersey Boys and The Addams Family).
Scenic Design for MEMPHIS is by Tony Award winner David Gallo (The Drowsy Chaperone, Reasons to Be Pretty), Costume Design is by Tony nominee Paul Tazewell (In The Heights), Lighting Design is by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (Jersey Boys) and Sound Design is by Ken Travis (The Threepenny Opera).
For tickets and more information, visit www.MemphisTheMusical.com.
Photo Credit: Paul Kolnik