STAGE TUBE: MEMPHIS Flash Mob at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Last night MEMPHIS opened Segerstrom Center for the Arts' 2012-13 Broadway Series, and during the finale, local Orange County high school students surprised the cast and audience with a flash mob. Watch their performance below!
During the opening night of MEMPHIS at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, this special surprise performance was part of the Center’s participation in INSPIRE CHANGE, featuring 60 students from Anaheim High School Performing Arts Conservatory, 45 students from Orange County School of the Arts and around a dozen alumni from Segerstrom Center’s Six Days of Broadway Musical Theater Camp. Since February 2010, nearly 2,000 students have had the opportunity to enjoy MEMPHIS on Broadway through INSPIRE CHANGE.
MEMPHIS, the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, and the show that’s currently blowing the roof off Broadway, plays Segerstrom Center for the Arts for a limited engagement.
Critically acclaimed MEMPHIS won four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score (David Bryan and Joe DiPietro), Best Book (Joe DiPietro) and Best Orchestrations (David Bryan and Daryl Waters). MEMPHIS won four Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Performance by an Actress (Montego Glover), Outstanding Music (David Bryan) and Outstanding Orchestration (David Bryan and Daryl Waters). MEMPHIS has also won four Outer Critic Circle Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Score (David Bryan & Joe DiPietro), Outstanding Actress (Montego Glover) and Outstanding Choreography (Sergio Trujillo).
MEMPHIS takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated ‘50s, 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, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll.
The show features a brand-new 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), with direction by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) and choreography by Sergio Trujillo, who is currently represented by Jersey Boys on Broadway. 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 Ken Travis (The Threepenny Opera).
For more information, visit www.memphisthemusical.com, and watch the video below!
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