The Tony-winning musical Memphis celebrated its 1000th Performance on Broadway March 14. Guests including Anthony Rapp, Telly Leung and Wilson Cruz joined the cast for a post-show reception at 48 Lounge.
Anthony Rapp, Telly Leung, Wilson Cruz and More Celebrate Memphis' 1000th Performance
Memphis began Broadway previews Sept. 23, 2009, and officially opened Oct. 19, 2009. The musical about an interracial love affair in the 1950s segregated South is flavored with gospel, R&B, rock and soul sounds.
Memphis won four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score (David Bryan and Joe DiPietro), Best Book (DiPietro) and Best Orchestrations (Bryan and Daryl Waters).
Memphis is based on a concept by the late George W. George (producer of the Tony-nominated Bedroom Farce and the film "My Dinner With Andre"). It has direction by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys).
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."