Memphis, the four-time Tony Award-winning musical about a soulful, white radio DJ and his love for a black singer at the dawn of the Civil Rights movement, ends its run on Broadway Aug. 5 after 1,166 regular performances at the Shubert Theatre.
Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu, Leap of Faith) directed the musical that has a Tony Award-winning book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro (Nice Work If You Can Get It; I Love You, You're Perfect...) and Tony-winning music and lyrics by David Bryan of Bon Jovi fame. The two also collaborated on the musical The Toxic Avenger and are currently working with the Memphis creative team on a new Broadway-aimed musical Chasing the Song.
Memphis began previews Sept. 23, 2009, and officially opened on Broadway Oct. 19, 2009. It played 30 previews and 1,166 performances on Broadway. A London production is anticipated, but official dates have not been announced.
In late July Memphis producers announced that the musical would recoup its $12 million anvestment by its Aug. 5 closing.
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).
The musical launched a national tour in its namesake city last October with dates scheduled around the country through May 2013. An HD film was taped in front of a live audience at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway in early 2011. It was screened in cinemas globally and is currently available on DVD and Blu-ray.
Memphis arrived on Broadway following developmental runs at the La Jolla Playhouse (August 2008) and Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre (February 2009). Chad Kimball and Montego Glover, who originated the leading roles of Huey Calhoun and Felicia Ferrall in those productions, earned Tony Award nominations for their work on Broadway.
Glover continues with Memphis opposite Rent Tony nominee Adam Pascal as Huey.