Memphis is the critically acclaimed jukebox musical from rockers David Bryan and Joe DiPietro. Set in the segregated 1950's, Memphis follows the story of an interracial couple who dares to follow their love of music and each other amidst the cultural revolution of the turbulent mid-twentieth century.
Based on a concept by George W. George, who produced the Tony Award-nominated Bedroom Farce and the film My Dinner With Andre, Memphis takes place in an underground night club at the height of segregation. "Huey Calhoun," a young white DJ falls in love with two things he should steer clear of -- the rebel grooves of rock-and-roll and an electrifying African-American singer, "Felicia Farrell."
Memphis plays at the Shubert Theatre located at 225 West 44th Street. The show began Preview performances on September 23, 2009, and celebrated its official Opening Night on October 19, 2009. On Opening Night, Memphis starred Chad Kimball as "Huey Calhoun" and Montego Glover as "Felicia Farrell," leading a cast of 28 triple-threat performers, including Derrick Baskin as "Gator," J. Bernard Calloway as "Delray Jones," James Monroe Iglehart as "Bobby," John Jellison "Mr. Simmons," and Nancy Opel as "Mama."
Direction was provided by Tony Award nominee Christopher Ashley who worked on Xanadu, with Choreography by Sergio Trujillo, who choreographed Jersey Boys and Next to Normal.
Memphis features a gospel-infused, rock-and-roll jukebox score with music composed by Bon Jovi’s founding member and keyboardist David Bryan, with lyrics by Bryan and Joe DiPietro, who also wrote the musical's book. Memphis was the sophomoric effort for Bryan and DiPietro, who collaborated together on the award-winning Off-Broadway hit, The Toxic Avenger.
The clear favorite of the 2009-2010 Broadway season, Memphis won four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score for David Bryan and Joe DiPietro, Best Book for DiPietro, and Best Orchestrations for Bryan and Daryl Waters.
Memphis won four Drama Desk Awards in the categories of Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Performance by an Actress for Montego Glover, Outstanding Music for David Bryan, and Outstanding Orchestration for David Bryan and Daryl Waters.
Memphis has also won four Outer Critic Circle Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Score for Bryan and DiPietro, Outstanding Actress for Glover, as well as Outstanding Choreography for Sergio Trujillo.
1. Underground sung by Delray, Felicia and Company
2. The Music Of My Soul sung by Huey, Felicia and Company
3. Scratch My Itch sung by Wailin' Joe And Company
4. Ain't Nothin But A Kiss sung by Felicia
5. Everybody Wants To Be Black On A Saturday Night sung by The Company
6. Make Me Stronger sung by Huey, Mama, Felicia And Company
7. Colored Woman sung by Colored Woman
8. Someday sung by Felicia And Back-Up Singers
9. She's My Sister sung by Delray And Huey
10. Radio sung by Huey And Company
11. Say A Prayer sung by Gator And Company
12. Crazy Little Huey sung by Huey And Dancers
13. Big Love sung by Bobby
14. Love Will Stand When All Else Falls sung by Felicia And Company
15. Stand Up sung by Delray, Felicia, Huey, Gator, Bobby And Company
16. Change Don't Come Easy sung by Mama, Delray, Gator And Bobby
17. Tear Down The House sung by Huey And Dancers
18. Memphis Lives In Me sung by Huey And Company
19. Steal Your Rock 'N' Roll sung by Huey, Felicia and Company
Memphis is produced on Broadway by Junkyard Dog Productions, Barbara and Buddy Freitag and Kenny and Marleen Alhadeff with Latitude Link, Jim and Susan Blair, Demos Bizar Entertainment, Land Line Productions, Apples and Oranges Productions, Dave Copley, Dancap Productions, Inc., Alex and Katya Lukianov, Tony Ponturo, 2 Guys Productions, and Richard Winkler in association with Lauren Doll, Eric and Marci Gardiner, Linda and Bill Potter, Broadway Across America, Jocko Productions, Patty Baker, Dan Frishwasser, Bob Bartner/Scott and Kaylin Union, Loraine Boyle/Chase Mishkin, Remmel T. Dickinson/Memphis Orpheum Group and ShadowCatcher Entertainment/Vijay and Sita Vashee.
For more information about Memphis or to get tickets, visit the show's website.