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The latest news on live theatre in Memphis from Broadway shows on tour to regional theatre.

MJ THE MUSICAL To Play The Orpheum Theatre This September
by A.A. Cristi - June 17, 2024

MJ will be playing at the Orpheum Theatre from September 17-22, kicking off the 2024-2025 Broadway Season.

Tickets to go on Sale This Week for MJ at the Orpheum
by Chloe Rabinowitz - June 17, 2024

Iindividual tickets for MJ at the Orpheum will go on sale starting Friday, June 21 at 10am.

Playhouse on the Square Postpones CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Opening Weekend
by A.A. Cristi - June 14, 2024

Playhouse on the Square has postponed the opening weekend of CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, originally scheduled for June 14th, 2024, due to unforeseen circumstances.

by Kevin Shaw - June 13, 2024

The directing/choreographic team of Jordan Nichols and Travis Bradley are back again to deliver the highest quality show one could ever imagine-professional or not. The sheer man hours that have gone into producing this mammoth production are clear at every turn.

Playhouse on the Square to Present Regional Premiere of CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
by Chloe Rabinowitz - June 12, 2024

Catch Me If You Can will be presented at Playhouse on the Square this summer.

Collage Dance Unveils 2024-2025 Season Featuring FIREBIRD & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - June 04, 2024

Collage Dance has revealed its 2024-2025 season. Learn more and see how to purchase tickets.

Winners Revealed For the Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards
by Stephi Wild - May 30, 2024

On Thursday, May 23, 2024, the Orpheum Theatre Group announced the award recipients of the 15th annual Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards.

Review: THE HOT WING KING at Circuit Playhouse
by Kevin Shaw - May 16, 2024

A couple of months ago, newly elected Memphis Mayor Paul Young, in partnership with the African American Mayors Association, announced the launch of the Black Mayor’s Coalition on Crime which is an initiative to “harness the collective power of black mayors across the nation to fight crime.”

CINDERELLA is Coming to Theatre Memphis in June
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 15, 2024

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Cinderella is coming to Theatre Memphis in June. Learn more and see how to purchase tickets.

Orpheum Volunteer Ushers Launch Necessities Drive Inspired By COME FROM AWAY
by A.A. Cristi - May 09, 2024

The Orpheum Theatre Group has announced a special community-wide necessities drive in conjunction with the Friends of the Orpheum (FOTO) Volunteer Ushers inspired by the special return engagement of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical COME FROM AWAY June 21-23.

Review: YOUR ARMS TOO SHORT TO BOX WITH GOD at Playhouse On The Square
by Kevin Shaw - May 08, 2024

The recent college campus protests in America seem to have surprised and bewildered a lot of people around the world. Why do privileged students who can afford a college education risk being expelled or jailed over a conflict in Gaza? Graduations are currently being cancelled, people are being arrested and police with riot gear are on standby from New York to California. It’s almost unheard of.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company To Host SUMMERS WITH SHAKESPEARE
by A.A. Cristi - May 07, 2024

Experience the magic of theater this summer with TN Shakespeare Co.'s 2024 Summer Camps. Dive into the world of Shakespeare, learn acting skills, and make lifelong friends.

Playhouse on the Square to Present Regional Premiere of THE HOT WING KING
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 01, 2024

Playhouse on the Square will present the regional premiere of The Hot Wing King. Learn how to purchase tickets.

THE BIBE OF BARBARA KINGSOLVER Comes to Tennessee Shakespeare Company This Month
by Stephi Wild - May 01, 2024

 Tennessee Shakespeare Company will bring the page to the Tabor Stage its next installment of the Southern Literary Salon Series: The Bible of Barbara Kingsolver on Sunday, May 19 at 3:00 pm.  

Review: STEEL MAGNOLIAS at Theatre Memphis
by Kevin Shaw - April 30, 2024

What’s up with all these therapists’ offices masquerading as beauty parlors? Women walk into these places as broken shells of themselves and often walk out feeling on top of the world. Sure, they get their hair and/or nails done, but they get so much more than just that. They’re renewed.

by A.A. Cristi - April 22, 2024

The Orpheum Theatre Group has announced that the annual Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards (HSMTA) will take place on Thursday, May 23 at 7pm at the Orpheum Theatre. Students and supporters from 50 participating schools across the Mid-South will gather at the Orpheum Theatre to celebrate the 15th annual High School Musical Theatre Awards.

Opera Memphis Sets LA BOHEME in 1910's Beale Street
by Stephi Wild - April 22, 2024

Opera Memphis brings a unique twist to the classic LA BOHEME by setting it in the 1910's Beale Street. Experience this timeless masterpiece with a fOpera Memphis will conclude its 2023-24 season with Giacomo Puccini's “La Boheme,” last seen in Memphis in 2012.resh perspective.

Review: MASTER CLASS at Theatre Memphis
by Kevin Shaw - April 12, 2024

For opera lovers around the world, Maria Callas was a gigantic figure well known for her unusual and daring performances. She was a singer who ruled the classical musical world for a large part of the 20th century and left an indelible mark with her talent and her larger-than-life personality.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS Steals Onto Theatre Memphis Stage
by A.A. Cristi - April 11, 2024

Steel Magnolias, by Robert Harling, washes over the Lohrey Theatre stage at Theatre Memphis April 26 – May 12, 2024, and sets it with charm and heartfelt wit.

Review: WICKED at Orpheum Theatre Memphis
by AniKatrina Fageol - April 05, 2024

I'll start my review by saying Wicked is my favorite musical of all time. I have seen it 10 times now, all in different cities, and each time left the theatre with tears in my eyes and my heart feeling a little lighter. This is the greatest example of how magical theatre can be, in my opinion. And my hopes for a beautiful production for my 10th viewing were not dashed in the slightest-- Olivia Valli and Celia Hottenstein bewitch the audience from their first moments on stage. 

DIAL M FOR MURDER Comes to Cumberland County Playhouse This Month
by Stephi Wild - April 03, 2024

Beginning April 12, Cumberland County Playhouse will present Dial M for Murder by Frederick Knott! Performances run through June 5.

Playhouse on the Square Announces The 46th Annual Original Art Auction
by A.A. Cristi - April 01, 2024

Get ready for PLAYHOUSE ON THE SQUARE'S 46TH ANNUAL ORIGINAL ART AUCTION. Experience the excitement of bidding on unique pieces and support the arts community.

Review: POTUS at Circuit Playhouse
by Kevin Shaw - March 29, 2024

What did our critic think of POTUS at Circuit Playhouse? As with any comedy, and farce particularly, timing is everything and it takes about half of Act I before the cast finds their rhythm and ensures the audience is keeping up with them. It’s a lot all at once.

Review: YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN at Circuit Playhouse
by Kevin Shaw - March 22, 2024

What did our critic think of YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN at Circuit Playhouse? On its surface, it’s difficult to articulate just how such simply drawn characters with simply framed personalities have endured for so long. Perhaps that’s the secret to Schulz’s “Peanuts Sauce”-simplicity.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company Launches 6-Month Classical Theatre Apprentice Program
by Stephi Wild - March 20, 2024

Tennessee Shakespeare Company has announced its call for applications for its second annual Classical Theatre Apprentice Program. This six-month-long Program will begin September 2, 2024, and will run through March 7, 2025. Candidate applications are due by April 11.


Punk Rock Girl in Memphis Punk Rock Girl
The Circuit Playhouse (3/21 - 4/13)
The Western Park Album in Memphis The Western Park Album
Emerald Theatre Company (6/14 - 6/23)
Coco Queens in Memphis Coco Queens
NewWorks at Theatreworks@ TheSquare (7/12 - 7/28)
Junie B. Jones: Toothless Wonder in Memphis Junie B. Jones: Toothless Wonder
The Circuit Playhouse (11/8 - 12/22)
Parade in Memphis Parade
Playhouse on the Square (1/17 - 2/16)
Chicken and Biscuits in Memphis Chicken and Biscuits
The Circuit Playhouse (5/9 - 6/1)
Kimberly Akimbo in Memphis Kimberly Akimbo
Orpheum Theatre Memphis (6/24 - 6/29)

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