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Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical and a 2012 Primetime Emmy Award, MEMPHIS lit the stage of Broadway’s legendary Shubert Theatre for nearly 1,200 performances. MEMPHIS takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50’s, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun (Chad Kimball) fell in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer (Montego Glover). MEMPHIS is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever. Bursting off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love, this incredible journey is filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll.
MEMPHIS features a 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 Tony-winning book. 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 (Memphis, Jersey Boys, Next to Normal and The Addams Family).
Effusive media reviews of MEMPHIS include Charles Isherwood of The New York Times declaring “David Bryan evokes the power- house 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 raved, “Of such thrills, Broadway is made,” Newsday called the show “A smash! An extraordinary show,” and the Daily News promised that MEMPHIS will “Blast you out the door humming and happy.”