Memphis National Tour Now Booked Through May 2013; Cities/Tour Dates Announced
By Andrew Gans
The national tour of Memphis, the Tony Award-winning rock musical by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, is currently booked through May 2013.
The second year of the tour will kick off Sept. 11 in Portland, OR, at the Keller Auditorium. Other cities include Seattle, WA (September 18 – October 7, 2012); Denver, CO (October 9 – 21, 2012); Costa Mesa, CA (November 6 – 18, 2012); Rochester, NY (November 27 – December 2, 2012); Boston, MA (December 11 – 23, 2012); Milwaukee, WI (Jan 8 – 13, 2013); Omaha, NE (January 15 – 20, 2013); Cincinnati, OH (January 22 – February 3, 2013); Fayetteville, AR (February 5 – 10, 2013); San Antonio, TX (February 19 – 24, 2013); Tempe, AZ (March 5 – 10, 2013); Louisville, KY (April 2 – 7, 2013); Detroit, MI (April 9 – 21, 2013); Miami, FL (May 7 – 12, 2013); Orlando, FL (May 14 – 19, 2013) and more soon to be announced.
Remaining first-year tour dates follow:
The 1950's-set musical traces an interracial love affair between a white DJ and a young black singer on the rise, set against the divisive world of the segregated South and the tumultuous highs and lows of the music industry.
Bryan Fenkart and Felicia Boswell star in the central roles of DJ Huey and singer Felicia in the musical by Tony winners DiPietro (book and lyrics) and lyricist-composer David Bryan (of Bon Jovi fame). Christopher Ashley directs the production that has choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Next to Normal, Jersey Boys).
Fenkart and Boswell headline the tour after covering the leading roles in the Broadway production, which opened Oct. 19, 2009, at the Shubert Theatre, where it continues its run.
Memphis earned Tony Awards for Best Book, Best Score and Best Musical. Original stars Chad Kimball and Montego Glover earned Tony Award nominations for their performances.
The principal cast for the tour also includes Quentin Earl Darrington (Ragtime) as Delray, Rhett George (Sweet Charity) as Gator, Drama Desk nominee Julie Johnson (Candide) as Mama, Broadway veteran William Parry (Sunday in the Park With George, Passion) as Mr. Simmons and Will Mann, who recently appeared in the Broadway cast of Memphis, repeating his work as Bobby.
The ensemble features Alexander Aguilar, Chelsey Arce, Evan Autio, Bree Branker, Whitney Leigh Brown, Whitney Cooper, Tami Dahbura, Scott Difford, Christopher Gurr, Daisy Hobbs, Adrienne Howard, Crystal Joy, Kyle Leland, Jarvis R. McKinley, Happy McPartlin, Kenna Michelle Morris, Jill Morrison, Austin Owen, Kent Overshown, Alfie Parker Jr., Justin Prescott, Jody Reynard, Peter Matthew Smith and Derek St. Pierre.
Based on a concept by George W. George, Memphis features scenic design by David Gallo, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley and sound design by Ken Travis.
The tour is produced by Junkyard Dog Productions, Barbara and Buddy Freitag, and Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff, with Latitude Link, Jim and Susan Blair, Demos Bizar Entertainment, Land Line Productions, Richard Winkler, Alex and Katya Lukianov, Dave Copley, Dancap Productions, Inc., 2 Guys Productions, Patty Baker, and Dan Frishwasser, in association with Eric and Marsi Gardiner, Linda and Bill Potter, Broadway Across America, Vijay and Sita Vashee, Apples and Oranges Productions, Brian and Betty Dovey, John Yonover and Ron Yonover, Loraine Boyle/Chase Mishkin, Remmel T. Dickinson/Memphis Orpheum Group, Jocko Productions/Shadowcatcher Entertainment, Scott and Kaylin Union.
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."
Memphis was filmed live during its Broadway run and was screened in cinemas across the country earlier this year. It is also available for streaming on Netflix and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in January 2012. Copies are currently available at the Shubert Theatre in New York City and at venues hosting the national tour of Memphis.
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