"Memphis" Combines Thought-Provoking Drama with Sizzling Music
It's one of the most exciting and important musical
cities in the world — so it's no wonder that the city of Memphis finally has a musical celebrating its musical heritage. Along
with its great storyline, "Memphis" offers a mix of blues, gospel and rock, with ballads interspersed with energizing, toe-tapping
rhythms. You'll not only hear pulsating, scintillating music; you'll also see dancers virtually leap and fly across the stage
in seemingly incredible feats of choreography. Terrific music, heart-stopping dance routines and a story with a thoughtful,
compelling message — what more can you ask from a musical?
Set in the 1950s, "Memphis" tells the story
of a nightclub singer waiting for her big break and an enterprising DJ who helps her on her journey. Huey Calhoun, a white
man who works in a department store, has big dreams. In an attempt to sell records at his store, he plays rock and roll over
the speaker system and gets fired, but ends up as a DJ at a popular radio station. Along the way, Huey befriends Felicia,
a young African-American singer, and promotes her on his radio program. As the show progresses, it chronicles the couple's
romance and rise to fame, celebrating how the phenomenon of music brings together people of all ethnicities, despite the era's
racial tensions. Ultimately, Felicia and Huey face obstacles that make them question whether they can continue to risk their
careers by having an interracial relationship.
The national touring company of "Memphis A New Musical"
is currently playing across the country, with performances scheduled in New Orleans and several other places throughout the
country. Both matinee and evening performances will be presented during this run. If you're interested in Memphis A New Musical
New Orleans tickets, keep an eye out for tickets in your area!
"Memphis" is loosely based on the real-life
story of Dewey Phillips, the first white DJ to play music recorded by African-American performers on his radio show. In addition
to the actors, singers and dancers, it features a nine-piece orchestra onstage.
One tip: Make sure and stay until the
very end of the show, because there's a lovely little final coda that you won't want to miss.
tour of "Memphis" stars Joey Elrose as Huey and Jasmin Richardson as Felicia. Elrose is a stage veteran who has toured nationally
in productions of "Rock of Ages" and "Grease." Richardson has toured with the national company of "Dreamgirls" and has also
been a regular performer with Celebrity, Disney and Norwegian Cruise Lines.
book, music and lyrics for "Memphis" were written by the creative team of David Bryan and Joe DiPietro.
who wrote the book and co-wrote the lyrics, is the author of another current Broadway hit, "Nice Work if You Can Get It,"
and also wrote the Off-Broadway hit "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." David Bryan, who wrote the music and co-wrote
the lyrics, is best-known to audiences as a keyboardist and founding member of Bon Jovi. Both Bryan and DiPietro won Tony
awards for their contributions to "Memphis."
"Memphis" is directed by Christopher Ashley, who is
already familiar to theater audiences as the artistic director of the famed La Jolla Playhouse. For his work on "Memphis,"
Ashley was nominated for a Tony Award. His other New York theater credits include the musical "Xanadu" and the romantic comedy