Memphis National Tour to Launch in Namesake City in 2011

News   Memphis National Tour to Launch in Namesake City in 2011
 
The Broadway rock musical Memphis will make a homecoming of sorts when the national tour of the David Bryan-Joe DiPietro tuner launches in the famed Tennessee city October 2011.
Memphis stars Chad Kimball and Montego Glover
Memphis stars Chad Kimball and Montego Glover Photo by Joan Marcus

As previously reported, director Christopher Ashley told Playbill.com that the musical about an interracial love affair in the segregated South would embark on a U.S. tour in fall 2011.

That national tour of Memphis will debut at the Orpheum Theatre. The production marks the first Broadway national tour to launch in the musically-rich city of Memphis, TN. Additional stops on the tour will be announced at a later date.

“Since the first announcement of the Broadway production, the entire city of Memphis, from its city officials to its citizens, has shown us overwhelming support and enthusiasm. We couldn’t be more excited to be kicking off the tour with our friends at the Orpheum,” said Memphis producer Sue Frost in a statement.

Memphis features book and lyrics by DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) and a score and lyrics by Bon Jovi's Bryan. The team also collaborated on the Off-Broadway musical The Toxic Avenger.

Chad Kimball (Into the Woods, Lennon, The Civil War, My Life with Albertine) and Montego Glover (The Color Purple, Ragtime, Aida) star as DJ Huey Calhoun, and his muse, Felicia Farrell, respectively.

"In the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated '50s," press notes state, "a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn't: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. Memphis is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever."

For tickets, ranging $41.50-$126.50, phone (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge. The Shubert Theatre is located at 225 West 44th Street.

Visit MemphistheMusical.

James Monroe Iglehart (center) and the cast of <I>Memphis</I>
James Monroe Iglehart (center) and the cast of Memphis
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