Tonner Doll Company Releases Memphis Figurines
By Adam Hetrick
Huey Calhoun and Felicia Farrell, the two leading characters at the center of the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis, have been immortalized as collectible dolls by the Tonner Doll Company.
The two collectible figures are currently available for pre-order from the Tonner Company. The Memphis Collection marks the company's first foray into Broadway figurines. Huey and Felicia dolls also mark the company's first interracial doll couple. Tonner previously released its first gay collectible doll, Andy Mills, in 2010.
"We are thrilled that Huey and Felicia will have a permanent home among the Tonner Doll collection," Memphis producer Sue Frost said in a statement. "Memphis prides itself on seizing opportunities to break new ground in innovative ways and we are so pleased that the show will have its own tangible legacy in the form of these beautiful dolls."
The clothing for both dolls will be based on original costumes from the Tony-winning production. Broadway costumes were designed by Paul Tazewell. Felicia will feature a "pale gold chiffon dress complete with delicate silver and gold metallic embroidered detailing, gold shoes and jewelry." Huey will be dressed in a "polka-dotted jacket lined in black and white leopard print, black and white checked pants, and hip polka-dotted and striped shirt. His ensemble is topped off with his signature charcoal gray hat."
Memphis will end its Broadway run Aug. 5. A national tour continues and a London production is currently in the works. Memphis began previews Sept. 23, 2009, and officially opened on Broadway Oct. 19, 2009. When it closes Aug. 5, it will have played 30 previews and 1,166 performances.
The musical 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).
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