Jasmin Richardson and Joey Elrose Star in MEMPHIS U.S. National Tour, Launching Today in Appleton, WI
MEMPHIS, the 2010 Tony Winning Best Musical is preparing to launch the national tour in Appleton, WI at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center tonight, October 15th. MEMPHIS is in Boise, ID for technical rehearsal at the Morrison Center with three performances beginning October 9th - 11th.
The national tour will star Joey Elrose (Huey) and Jasmin Richardson (Felicia) with RaMond Thomas (Delray), D. Scott Withers (Mr Simmons), Avionce Hoyles (Gator), Jerrial T. Young (Bobby) and Pat Sibley (Mama).
The company will also include Keely Beirne, Oyoyo Joi Bonner, Taylor Broadard, Sidney DuPont, Kenny Francouer, Laurie Elizabeth Gardner, Daniel S.Hines, Kyshawn K. Lane, JT McKenzie, Kaitlin Niewoehner, Jonathan Ragsdale, Jonas Shumpert, Eddie Urish, Erika Conaway and Jose Gonzalez.
Critically acclaimed MEMPHIS won four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score (David Bryan and Joe DiPietro); four Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Music (David Bryan) and four Outer Critic Circle Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Score (David Bryan & Joe DiPietro) and Outstanding Choreography (Sergio Trujillo).
MEMPHIS takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50's, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn't: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. MEMPHIS is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves -- filled with laughter, vibrant choreography and roof-raising rock 'n' roll.
The show features a Tony winning score with music by Bon Jovi's founding member and keyboardist David Bryan and lyrics by Bryan and Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change), who also pens the musical's book. Bryan and DiPietro also collaborated on the award-winning off-Broadway hit, The Toxic Avenger. 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).
Scenic Design for MEMPHIS is by Tony Award winner David Gallo (The Drowsy Chaperone, Reasons to Be Pretty), Costume Design is by Tony nominee Paul Tazewell (In the Heights), Lighting Design is by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (Jersey Boys) and Sound Design is by Shannon Slaton.
NETworks Presentations, LLC (Producer). Founded in 1995 by Kenneth Gentry, Seth Wenig and Scott W. Jackson, NETworks has produced and managed over 55 national and international touring productions. Previous productions: Little Women starring Maureen McGovern; Cinderella starring Eartha Kitt and Deborah Gibson; Fosse starring Ben Vereen and Ruthie Henshall; The Light in the Piazza; My Fair Lady co-produced with Cameron Mackintosh; Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!; Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake; Annie; Hairspray; The Wizard of Oz, Young Frankenstein, Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific, La Cage aux Follesstarring George Hamilton and many others. Current Productions include Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Blue Man Group National Tour, Elf The Musical, Flashdance the Musical, The New 25th Anniversary Production of LES MISERABLES, Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, The National Theatre of Great Britain's production ofWar Horse and We Will Rock You, the musical by Queen and Ben Elton.