Fenkart and Boswell, who cover the leading roles of white radio DJ Huey and African-American singer Felicia in the current Broadway production, will step into the spotlight to headline the national tour of the musical by Tony winners Joe DiPietro (book and lyrics) and lyricist-composer David Bryan (of Bon Jovi fame).
Principal casting will also include Quentin Earl Darrington (Ragtime) as Delray, Rhett George (Sweet Charity) as Gator, Drama Desk nominee Julie Johnson (Candide) as Mama, Broadway veteran William Parry (Sunday in the Park With George, Passion) as Mr. Simmons and Will Mann, who recently appeared in the Broadway cast of Memphis, repeating his work as Bobby.
The ensemble will feature Evan Autio, Bree Branker, Whitney Brown, Whitney Cooper, Scott Difford, Christopher Gurr, Daisy Hobbs, Crystal Joy, Kyle Leland, Jarvis McKinley, Happy McPartlin, Kenna Michelle Morris, Jill Morrison, Austin Owen, Kent Overshown, Alfie Parker Jr., Justin Prescott, Jody Reynard and Peter Matthew Smith.
Additional casting is expected.
As previously reported, Memphis will launch its tour at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN, Oct. 14-23.
The musical about an interracial love affair in the 1950s segregated South opened on Broadway Oct. 19, 2009, at the Shubert Theatre under the direction of Christopher Ashley. The tour will reunite the original Broadway creative team.
Based on a concept by George W. George, Memphis features choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Next to Normal, Jersey Boys), scenic design by David Gallo, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley and sound design by Ken Travis.
The itinerary for Memphis follows: Memphis, TN (Oct. 14-23 at the Orpheum Theatre)
Houston, TX (Oct. 25-30)
Tulsa, OK (Nov. 1-6)
Oklahoma City, OK (Nov. 8-13)
Nashville, TN (Nov. 15-20)
Chicago, IL (Nov. 22-Dec. 4)
Toronto, ON (Dec. 6-25)
Pittsburgh, PA (Dec. 27-Jan. 1, 2012)
Charlotte, NC (Jan. 3-8, 2012)
Hartford, CT (Jan. 10-15, 2012)
Philadelphia, PA (Jan. 17-22, 2012)
Durham, NC (Jan. 24-29, 2012)
Atlanta, GA (Jan. 31-Feb. 5, 2012)
Clearwater, FL (Feb. 7-12, 2012)
Naples, FL (Feb. 14-19, 2012)
Greenville, SC (Feb. 21-26, 2012)
Cleveland, OH (Feb. 28-March 11, 2012)
St. Paul, MN (March 13-25, 2012)
East Lansing, MI (March 27-April 1, 2012)
Baltimore, MD (April 3-8, 2012)
Hershey, PA (April 10-15, 2012)
Schenectady, NY (April 17-22, 2012)
Des Moines, IA (April 24-29, 2012)
St. Louis, MO (May 1-13, 2012)
Dallas, TX (May 15-27, 2012)
Columbus, OH (May 29-June 3, 2012)
Buffalo, NY (June 5-10, 2012)
Washington, DC (June 12-July 1, 2012)
Las Vegas, NV (July 17-22, 2012)
San Diego, CA (July 24-29, 2012)
Los Angeles, CA (July 31-Aug. 12, 2012)
The tour is produced by Junkyard Dog Productions, Barbara and Buddy Freitag, and Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff, with Latitude Link, Jim and Susan Blair, Demos Bizar Entertainment, Land Line Productions, Richard Winkler, Alex and Katya Lukianov, Dave Copley, Dancap Productions, Inc., 2 Guys Productions, Patty Baker, and Dan Frishwasser, in association with Eric and Marsi Gardiner, Linda and Bill Potter, Broadway Across America, Vijay and Sita Vashee, Apples and Oranges Productions, Brian and Betty Dovey, John Yonover and Ron Yonover, Loraine Boyle/Chase Mishkin, Remmel T. Dickinson/Memphis Orpheum Group, Jocko Productions/Shadowcatcher Entertainment, Scott and Kayla Union.
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 was also filmed live during its Broadway run and was screened in cinemas across the country earlier this year. It is also available for streaming on Netflix.