Breaking News: Tony-Winning MEMPHIS to Close on Broadway August 5; West End Production Coming Soon
MEMPHIS played a limited, sold-out engagement at La Jolla Playhouse from August 19 – September 28, 2008 and received San Diego's Craig Noel Awards for Excellence in Theatre for both Outstanding New Musical of 2008 and for its star Chad Kimball, in the role of DJ Huey Calhoun. The show then played another critically-acclaimed, extremely successful engagement at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre from January 27 – February 15, 2009. This production was co-produced by La Jolla Playhouse (Christopher Ashley, Artistic Director) and 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle, WA, (David Armstrong, Producing Artistic Director/ Marilynn Sheldon, Managing Director). The world premiere of MEMPHIS in 2003-2004 was co-produced by North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA and TheatreWorks in Silicon Valley, CA.
Blu-ray™, DVD and digital downloads of the HD film of MEMPHIS were released on January 24, 2012 by Shout! Factory, in association with Broadway Worldwide. Featuring the original Broadway cast, MEMPHIS is the first Best Musical Tony Award winner to be filmed and distributed while running on Broadway. Special Features on the DVD will include "Behind The Scenes: How Memphis Was Captured." The HD film is also currently available for instant streaming on Netflix. The Original Broadway Cast Recording of MEMPHIS, distributed by Rhino Records, is available for purchase at all retail outlets including www.rhino.com, as well as at the Shubert Theater. The collection contains 19 songs and a bonus track/acoustic version of "The Music of My Soul" with piano and vocals by Tony Award winning composer David Bryan.
Scenic Design for MEMPHIS is by Tony Award winner David Gallo (The Drowsy Chaperone, The Mountaintop), Costume Design is by Tony nominee Paul Tazewell (In The Heights), Lighting Design is by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (How to Succeed…, Jersey Boys) and Sound Design is by Ken Travis (The Threepenny Opera).
MEMPHIS is produced on Broadway by Junkyard Dog Productions, Barbara and Buddy Freitag and Kenny and Marleen Alhadeff with 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 in association with Lauren Doll, Eric and Marsi Gardiner, Linda and Bill Potter, Broadway Across America, Jocko Productions, Patty Baker, Dan Frishwasser, Bob Bartner/Scott and Kaylin Union, Loraine Boyle/Chase Mishkin, Remmel T. Dickinson/Memphis Orpheum Group and ShadowCatcher Entertainment/Vijay and Sita Vashee.