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Photos: MEMPHIS on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre - Opening Night Party

MEMPHIS, an original Broadway musical, officially opened, Monday, October 19, 2009 at the Shubert Theatre (225 W. 44th Street) following critically-acclaimed and sold-out engagements at La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre, began previews Wednesday, September 23, 2009.

MEMPHIS stars Chad Kimball (Huey Calhoun) and Montego Glover (Felicia Farrell) with Derrick Baskin (Gator),J. Bernard Calloway (Delray Jones), James Monroe Iglehart (Bobby), Tony nominee Michael McGrath (Mr. Simmons), and Cass Morgan (Gladys Calhoun).

The company also includes Jennifer AllenBrad BassTracee BeazerKevin CovertHillary Elk, Bryan Fenkart, Dionne FigginsRhett GeorgeJohn JellisonSydney MortonVivian NixonJohn Eric Parker,Jermaine R. RembertLaQuet Sharnell, Ephraim Sykes, Cary TedderDanny TidwellDaniel J. WattsKatie WebberCharlie Williams and Dan'yelle Williamson.

In the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50's, 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.

MEMPHIS features a brand new score with music by Bon Jovi's founding member/keyboardistDavid 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 current 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 (Jersey Boys).

Tickets range from $41.50 to $126.50 (including a $1.50 facility fee). The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday - Saturday evenings at 8pm, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm, and Sundays at 3pm. Beginning October 26th, Tuesday evening curtains will be at 7pm. There will be special performance times during previews and holiday weeks. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.Telecharge.com or call 212.239.6200. 

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) and5th 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.

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 byKen Travis (The Threepenny Opera).

MEMPHIS is produced on Broadway by Junkyard Dog Productions, Barbara and Buddy Freitag and Kenny and Marleen Alhadeff with Jim and Susan Blair, Demos Bizar Entertainment, David Copley, Dancap Productions Inc., Latitude Link and Tony Ponturo in association with Broadway Across AmericaLauren Doll, Linda and Bill Potter, Chase Mishkinand Patty Baker/ShadowCatcher Entertainment.

For more information visit www.memphisthemusical.com.

Photos by Linda Lenzi

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Derrick Baskin

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J. Bernard Calloway

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James Monroe Iglehart

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James Monroe Iglehart

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Michael McGrath

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Cass Morgan

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David Bryan (Music and Lyrics) and Joe DiPietro (Book and Lyrics)

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David Bryan and Joe DiPietro

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Musical Director Kenny J. Seymour

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Debra Monk

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David Bryan and family

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John Jellison

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Curtiss Cook and Rufus Bosh

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Director Christopher Ashley

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Jerry Mitchell

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Jerry Mitchell and Christopher Ashley

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Jack Noseworthy and Kelly Devine

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Montego Glover and James Monroe Iglehart

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Bryan Fenkart, Rhett George, John Eric Patrick, Brad Bass, Charlie Williams, Kevin Covert and Jermaine R. Rembert

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Ephraim Sykes, Daniel J. Watts, Cary Tedder

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Kenny J. Seymour, Ephraim Sykes, Daniel J. Watts, Cary Tedder, Derrick Baskin and Tituss Burgess

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Christopher Ashley and Sergio Trujillo

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Christopher Ashley, Sergio Trujillo, Montego Glover and David Bryan

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Associate Choreographer Kelly Devine and Choreographer Sergio Trujillo

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Cary Tedder and Max von Essen

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Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, Tico Torres, David Bryan and Hugh McDonald

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Richie Sambora, Tico Torres, David Bryan and Hugh McDonald

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Hugh McDonald, Tico Torres, Richie Sambora, Montego Glover, Chad Kimball and David Bryan

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Chad Kimball, J. Bernard Calloway, Montego Glover, Derrick Baskin and James Monroe Iglehart

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LaQuet Sharnell, Sydney Morton, Katie Webber, Hillary Elk and Candice Monet McCall

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FrEddie Jackson

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FrEddie Jackson and Candice Monet McCall

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