In the 1950s-set work, Kimball (Lennon, Good Vibrations, Into the Woods, My Life With Albertine) portrays Huey, a white deejay who not only plays black music on mainstream radio, but later publicly reveals his love for the black singer who inspires him. Glover (The Color Purple, Radiant Baby) co-stars as Felicia, the object of Kimball's affection.
Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) directs the racially-fueled musical that features book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) and a score and lyrics by Bon Jovi's David Bryan. Memphis officially opens Feb. 5 and will run through Feb. 15.
Memphis arrives in Seattle following a recent run at the La Jolla Playhouse in September 2008. La Jolla and the 5th Avenue Theatre co-produce the production that is aiming for a Broadway bow in late 2009.
The role of Delray will be played by J. Bernard Calloway through Feb. 8. Melvin Abston assumes the role from Feb. 10-15. Completing the Seattle company are Anne Allgood, Brad Bass, Tracee Beazer, Josh Breckenridge, Kevin Covert, Dionne Figgins, Meaghan Foy, Lauren Lim Jackson, Cashae Monya, Jill Morrison, John Eric Parker, Maya RS Perkins, Jermaine Rembert, Daniel Watts, Charlie Williams, Ty Willis and R. Hamilton Wright.
The creative team includes set designer/co-projection designer David Gallo, costume designer Paul Tazewell, lighting designer Howell Binkley, wig and hair designer Chuck LaPointe, sound designer Ken Travis, co-projection designer Shawn Sagady and dramaturg Gabriel Greene.
The music department includes musical supervisor Christopher Jahnke (Legally Blonde, Les Misérables, Grease, Cry-Baby), musical director Kenny Seymour (The Wiz) and orchestrator Darryl Waters (Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk).
Tickets for the Seattle run of Memphis, priced $22-$81, are available by calling (206) 625-1900 or by visiting www.5thavenue.org.