Produced in association with the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, the production will be directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford.
The cast will be headed by Christopher Sutton as Huey Calhoun, Kimber Sprawl as Felicia Farrell, Philip Michael Baskerville as Delray Farrell, Travis Keith Battle as Gator, Nichalas Parker as Bobby, Mary Martello as Mama/Gladys and Ron Wisniski as Mr. Simmons.
The ensemble includes Sarah Buscaino, Jovan Dansberry, Christopher DeAngelis, Drew Franklin, Holly Googe, Billy D. Hart, April Holloway, Jesse Jones, Gregory Omar Osborne, Kristyn Pope, Fran Prisco, Kerri Rose and Edward C. Smith.
With music by David Bryan, book by Joe DiPietro and music and lyrics by both Bryan and DiPietro, Memphis, according to press notes, is "set in the 1950’s and revolves around the nightclubs, radio stations, and recording studios of the town. Memphis tells the fictional story of DJ Huey Calhoun, a good ole’ local boy with a passion for R&B music and Felicia Farrell, an up-and-coming singer from the clubs. Despite the objections of their loved ones, they embark on a dangerous affair. As their careers rise, their relationship is challenged by personal ambition and the pressures of their forbidden love."
The creative team also includes music director Ken Clifton, scenic designer Peter Barbieri, costume designer Gail Baldoni, lighting designer Jack Mehler, sound designer Craig Beyrooti, stage manager Ingrid Louise Olson and assistant stage manager Amy M. Bertacini. Casting was done in Philadelphia and New York City by Brian Kurtas, CSA. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at (772) 231-6990 or online at www.riversidetheatre.com.
After a three-week run at Riverside, Memphis begins performances in Philadelphia May 12.