Playhouse On The Square Celebrates City's Bicentennial With MEMPHIS

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Playhouse On The Square Celebrates City's Bicentennial With MEMPHIS

In the afterglow of the Bicentennial Celebration of Memphis and Shelby County, Playhouse on the Square, in partnership with Robert B. Briggs and the Briggs Foundation, tamburrino, inc., Monogram Foods, Grayson Smith Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, and super sponsor Dr. Thomas Ratliff are excited to offer one of the most popular shows ever produced on a Playhouse on the Square stage.

In the 1950s, on the downtown streets of Memphis, TN, Rock and Roll was born. The marriage of downtrodden blues, uplifting gospel and forlorn country made way to a genre of music that would, one day, speak to the soul of the entire world. But for now, in a seedy bar on Beale, this music has spoken to the soul of a local country-boy. The girl that the sound has come from has stolen his heart. Will the objections from their families or the challenges of society be too much for the couple to withstand? Or will Huey and Felecia let nothing steal their rock and roll?

Reprising the roles of Huey, Bobby, and Delray are Resident Company Members Nathan McHenry (Million Dollar Quartet, Cabaret), Curtis C. Jackson (Tuck Everlasting, Cabaret) and Playhouse on the Square favorite Jarrad Baker (Rock of Ages, Ragtime, 2014). Memphis welcomes the community's theatre regulars, Jenny Odle Madden (Three Tall Women, 9 to 5), as Gladys. John Hemphill (Guys and Dolls, Hot'l Baltimore) returns to Playhouse on the Square as Mr. Simmons and Jonathan Christian (Santaland Diaries, Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf : A Parody) reprises the role of Buck Clark. While Justin Allen Tate (The Legend of Georgia McBride, Kinky Boots), returns to the main stage in the role of Gator. Making her Playhouse on the Square debut, as Felecia, is Dawn Bradley.

Playhouse on the Square welcomes the dynamic duo of Jordan Nichols (Buyer and Cellar, Significant Other) and Travis Bradley (Billy Elliot, Dreamgirls) as Director and Choreographer. Music Directing duties belong to Angelo Rapan.


  • Felicia - Dawn Bradley
  • Huey Calhoun - Nathan McHenry
  • Delray - Jarrad Baker
  • Bobby - Curtis C Jackson
  • Gator - Justin Allen Tate
  • Gladys - Jenny Odle Madden
  • Mr. Simmons - John Hemphill
  • Buck Wiley - Jonathan Christian
  • Wailin' Jo - Jonathan Lee
  • Christian Boyd
  • Brittany Church
  • Ashley Clinton
  • Natacia Drae'le
  • Michael Jackson
  • Brandy Jones
  • Madeline Jones
  • Daniel Stuart Nelson
  • Kylan Owens
  • Erica Peninger
  • Jayland Potts
  • Karl Robinson
  • Kim Sanders
  • Breyannah Tillman
  • Michael J. Vails
  • Rachel Vernon
  • Kyler Wade
  • Noelia Warnette-Jones
  • Haley Wilson

Production Staff

  • Directed/Choreographed by: Jordan Nichols and Travis Bradley
  • Music Director - Angelo Rapan
  • Production Manager/Technical Director - Phillip Hughen
  • Stage Manager - Morgan Corlew
  • Costume Designer - Kathie Kovarik
  • Lighting Designer - Justin Gibson
  • Scenic Designer - Daniel Mueller
  • Sound Designer - Carter McHann

Performances will run Thursday through Saturday with an 8:00 pm curtain. Sunday Matinees have a 2:00 pm curtain. Matinee performances for school groups are also available on select days during the week. For tickets, call the Box Office at (901) 726-4656 or visit our website Follow with social media using #MemphisLivesInUs. Group rates available.

Special ticket pricing for opening weekend $27. Pay What You Can performance, sponsored by Arts First and the First Tennessee Foundation is January 23rd.

For questions and booking, please contact Playhouse on the Square Director of Community Relations, Marcus Cox (901) 937-6496.

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