Morgan originated the role of Mama when Memphis arrived on Broadway in September 2009 and departed the production in March 2011. Morgan succeeds Tony Award nominee Nancy Opel, who exited Memphis Dec. 11 to star in the Alley Theatre production of The Toxic Avenger in January.
Tony-winning Memphis authors Joe DiPietro and David Bryan are also the writers of The Toxic Avenger. Playbill.com previously reported that Toxic Avenger may be looking to slime Broadway following its Houston debut, although producers state that Opel is expected to return to Memphis in February 2012.
The musical about an interracial love affair in the 1950s segregated South is flavored with gospel, R&B, rock and soul sounds.
Songs in the production are "Underground," "The Music of My Soul," "Ain't Nothin' But a Kiss," "Everybody Wants to Be Black on a Saturday Night," "Make Me Stronger," "Colored Women," "Someday," "She's My Sister," "Radio," "Say a Prayer," "Big Love," "Love Will Stand When All Else Falls," "Stand Up," "Change Don't Come Easy," "Memphis Lives in Me" and "Steal Your Rock 'n' Roll." 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, Land Line Productions, Demos Bizar Entertainment, Apples and Oranges Productions, Dave Copley, Dancap Productions, Inc., Tony Ponturo, 2 Guys Productions, and Richard Winkler in association with Linda and Bill Potter, Broadway Across America, Jocko Productions, Lauren Doll/Bob Bartner, Patty Baker, Dan Frishwasser, Loraine Boyle/Chase Mishkin, Remmel T. Dickinson/Memphis Orpheum Group and ShadowCatcher Entertainment/Vijay and Sita Vashee.
Memphis opened on Broadway Oct. 19, 2009, at the Shubert Theatre under the direction of Christopher Ashley. Broadway previews began Sept. 23, 2009.