By Adam Hetrick
10 Dec 2009
Delray Records releases the 20-track cast album, which was recorded in Manhattan Nov. 16 at Avatar Studios. The special edition will be available solely at the Shubert Theatre and online at MemphistheMusical. An in-store release date has not been set.
The exclusive release will include a bonus track featuring Memphis composer and Bon Jovi band member David Bryan performing "Memphis Lives in Me."
"I've made a lot of albums but this one is really special to me," Bryan said in a statement. "Memphis is about the birth of rock 'n' roll, and to go into a studio with our amazing cast and kick-ass band is something I've been looking forward to for a long time."
The new musical stars Chad Kimball (Into the Woods, Lennon, The Civil War, My Life with Albertine) as DJ Huey Calhoun with Montego Glover (The Color Purple, Ragtime, Aida) as his muse, Felicia Farrell.
Memphis also features J. Bernard Calloway (The Good Negro, "The Taking of Pelham 123") as Delray, James Monroe Iglehart (Spelling Bee) as Bobby, Cass Morgan (Mary Poppins, Ring of Fire) as Gladys Calhoun, Derrick Baskin (The Little Mermaid as Gator and Tony nominee Michael McGrath (Spamalot, Is He Dead?) as Mr. Simmons.
The Memphis ensemble includes Jennifer Allen, Brad Bass, Tracee Beazer, Kevin Covert, Hillary Elk, Bryan Fenkart, Dionne Figgins, Rhett George, John Jellison, Candice McCall, Sydney Morton, Vivian Nixon, John Eric Parker, Jermaine R. Rembert, LaQuet Sharnell, Ephraim Sykes, Cary Tedder, Danny Tidwell, Daniel J. Watts, Katie Webber, Charlie Williams and Dan’yelle Williamson.
"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."
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.
Memphis is produced on Broadway by Junkyard Dog Productions, Barbara and Buddy Freitag and Kenny and Marleen Alhadeff with Latitude Link, Jim and Susan Blair, Land Line Productions, Demos Bizar Entertainment, Apples and Oranges Productions, Dave Copley, Dancap Productions, Inc., Tony Ponturo, 2 Guys Productions, and Richard Winkler in association with Linda and Bill Potter, Broadway Across America, Jocko Productions, Lauren Doll/Bob Bartner, Patty Baker, Dan Frishwasser, Loraine Boyle/Chase Mishkin, Remmel T. Dickinson/Memphis Orpheum Group and ShadowCatcher Entertainment/Vijay and Sita Vashee.