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Memphis

Memphis

by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro

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Memphis

Memphis




This 2010 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical features 1950s-style rock ‘n roll and is loosely based on the career of “Daddy-O” Dewey Phillips, the eccentric 1950s Memphis disc jockey.


Story:

Huey Calhoun, an out of work, rock ‘n roll-loving white man, promises to get local black singer Felicia on the radio and immediately begins applying for disc jockey jobs at white radio stations. When Huey finally gets an opportunity, he becomes immensely popular for playing rock ‘n roll - by artists of any color - and gets Felicia on the radio as promised, beginning a romance with her that others find disturbing. As the talented Huey and Felicia continue their careers, they encounter prejudices that challenge them to consider their priorities and fight for their dreams.


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Composer

Composer and Lyricist
David Bryan

Librettist

Lyricist and Librettist
Joe DiPietro



  • Premiere
  • 2011 Film

Broadway Premiere

Theatre
Shubert Theatre
Opening Night
Oct 19, 2009
Total Performances
1,157
Original Cast
Chad Kimball, Montego Glover, J. Bernard Calloway, James Monroe Iglehart, Cass Morgan, Derrick Baskin, Michael McGrath
Director
Christopher Ashley
Choreographer
Sergio Trujillo
Producer
Junkyard Dog Productions, Barbara Freitag, Buddy Freitag, Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff, Latitude Link, Jim and Susan Blair, Demos Bizar Entertainment, Land Line Productions, Apples and Oranges Productions, Dave Copley, Dancap Productions, Inc., Alex and Katya Lukianov, Tony Ponturo, 2 Guys Productions and Richard Winkler
Musical Director
Kenny Seymour
Orchestrations
Daryl Waters and David Bryan
Scenic Design
David Gallo
Costume Design
Paul Tazewell
Lighting Design
Howell Binkley

2011 Film Version

Movie Name
Memphis the Musical
Type
Filmed Live on Stage
Director
Don Roy King
Starring
Chad Kimball, Montego Glover, J. Bernard Calloway





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CD
Original Broadway Cast Album

CD
Original London Cast Album


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Sheetmusic
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Filmed Live On Stage DVD

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Filmed Live On Stage Blu-Ray


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2010 Tony Award Nominations

Best Musical
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Best Orchestrations
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical - Chad Kimball
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical - Montego Glover
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Costume Design of a Musical

2010 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Musical
Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Montego Glover
Outstanding Music
Outstanding Orchestrations

Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Chad Kimball
Outstanding Choreography
Outstanding Book of a Musical

2010 Drama League Award Nominations

Distinguished Production of a Musical
Distinguished Performance Award - Montego Glover

2010 Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations

Outstanding New Broadway Musical
Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Outstanding Choreographer
Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Montego Glover
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Chad Kimball
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Cass Morgan

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