New DiPietro-Bryan Musical Memphis, with Kimball, Starts in California, Jan. 21-Feb. 15

News   New DiPietro-Bryan Musical Memphis, with Kimball, Starts in California, Jan. 21-Feb. 15 California's TheatreWorks in association with North Shore Music Theatre presents the world premiere staging of the new musical Memphis by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) and Bon Jovi member David Bryan.
Joe DiPietro
Joe DiPietro

Gabriel Barre (The Wild Party) directs the production which plays Jan. 21-Feb. 15 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

Based on a concept by George W. George, Memphis is a "musical celebration that chronicles the birth of rock 'n' roll" which follows a deejay who dared to play the music of black and white America together. The work, which was workshopped at TheatreWorks in 2002, played a Boston run at North Shore Music Theatre.

Chad Kimball (Into The Woods) leads a cast that includes Montego Glover, James Monroe Iglehart, J. Bernard Calloway, C. Kelley Wright, Molly Bell, Dawn Troupe, John-Elliott Kirk, Jeff Leibow, Melody McArtor, Darrin Glesser, Bryan Yates Sharber and Rob Robinson.

DiPietro wrote the book and lyrics to the long-running Off-Broadway musical comedy I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change and the current Off-Broadway staging of The Thing About Men. Other credits include Over The River And Through The Woods, The Kiss At City Hall, The Virgin Weeps and The Art Of Murder.

A founding member of rock band Bon Jovi, Bryan has been part of the music industry for almost 20 years. After suffering an hand injury five years ago, the composer keyboardist found an alternate outlets for his creativity. Bryan also serves as a national spokesperson for VH1's Save The Music Program.

TheatreWorks will also present the world premiere of My Ántonia by Scott Schwartz, with incidental music by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) later in the season.

For tickets to Memphis at Mountain View Center, 500 Castro Street (corner of Castro and Mercy Streets) in Mountain View, CA, call (650) 903-6000 or visit www.theatreworks.org.

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