Tony nominee Christopher Ashley ( Xanadu, Leap of Faith) directed the original production of 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 Broadway production ended its run Aug. 5, 2012, after 1,166 regular performances at the Shubert Theatre.
In addition to Elrose ( Rock of Ages) as Huey and Richardson ( Dreamgirls) as Felicia, the cast will feature RaMond Thomas (Delray), D. Scott Withers (Mr. Simmons), Avionce Hoyles (Gator), Jerrial T. Young (Bobby) and Pat Sibley (Mama).
Completing the tour cast are Keely Beirne, Oyoyo Joi Bonner, Taylor Broadard, Sidney DuPont, Kenny Francouer, Laurie Elizabeth Gardner, Daniel S.Hines, Kyshawn K. Lane, JT McKenzie, Kaitlin Niewoehner, Jonathan Ragsdale, Jonas Shumpert, Eddie Urish, Erika Conaway and Jose Gonzalez.
The tour reflects the work of the original creative team with scenic design by David Gallo, costume design by Paul Tazewell and lighting design by Howell Binkley. Sound design for the tour is by Shannon Slaton.
Prior to the official tour relaunch in Appleton, WI, on Oct. 15, Memphis will tech in Boise, ID, with performances set for Oct. 9-11.
Additional tour dates will be announced shortly.