J. Bernard Calloway Will Return to Broadway's Memphis

News   J. Bernard Calloway Will Return to Broadway's Memphis
J. Bernard Calloway, who recently appeared in the Two River Theater Company staging of August Wilson's Jitney, will return to the Broadway production of Memphis Feb. 28.

J. Bernard Calloway
J. Bernard Calloway Photo by Joan Marcus

Calloway originated the role of Delray when Memphis debuted on Broadway in 2009. Current cast member Christopher Jackson (In the Heights, The Lion King) will play his final performance as Delray Feb. 26.

The cast of Memphis currently stars original Tony-nominated leading lady Montego Glover as Felica, opposite Rent star Adam Pascal as Huey. Memphis, according to the producers, "takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated '50s, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun (Pascal) fell in love with everything he shouldn't: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer (Glover)." It's "an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever."

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).

Memphis is based on a concept by the late George W. George (producer of the Tony-nominated Bedroom Farce and the film "My Dinner With Andre"). It has direction by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys).

Memphis opened on Broadway Oct. 19, 2009, at the Shubert Theatre.

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