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Memphis: A New Musical - 2009 - Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

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From the rockin' dance halls of Memphis, Tennessee comes this hot and bothered new Broadway musical with heart, soul and energy to burn. Set in the turbulent south in the 1950s, it is the story of Huey Calhoun, a white radio DJ whose love of good music transcends race lines and airwaves. Get ready to experience all the exuberance and the emotion... the beauty and the controversy... of a wondrous, defining time in our history. You're tuning in to Memphis, so turn up that dial!



MEMPHIS features a brand new score with music by Bon Jovi's founding member/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 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).

Running Time:

2 hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission

Shubert Theatre (Broadway)


About the Theatre
(New York, NY)
225 West 44th St. Seating Chart

Featured Reviews For Memphis: A New Musical


Memphis - Time Out New York
Now that Broadway no longer benefits from Hairspray’s retro uplift, space on the Great White Way has been cleared for another musical about the racial integration of a television dance program in the early years of the civil-rights movement. Joe DiPietro and David Bryan’s Memphis cannot be faulted for its intentions: Its heart and its soul music are in the right place. The show’s assets begin with Chad Kimball’s dynamic, courageously outré leading performance as Huey, a Tennessee radio DJ in the 1950s, who champions “race records” and embarks on a risky romance with a black singer (the lovely Montego Glover, an impressive vocalist). The music has laudable drive, which Sergio Trujillo’s choreography brings to vibrant life.

A D.J. Who Shook, Rattled and Rolled - New York Times
Sex and race and rock ’n’ roll made for a potent, at times inflammatory, combination in the 1950s, when the new musical “Memphis” is set. But there’s no need to fear that a conflagration will soon consume the Shubert Theater, where the show opened on Monday night. This slick but formulaic entertainment, written by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro, barely generates enough heat to warp a vinyl record, despite the vigorous efforts of a talented, hard-charging cast. While the all-important music, by Mr. Bryan of Bon Jovi, competently simulates a wide range of period rock, gospel and rhythm and blues, the crucial ingredient — authentic soul — is missing in action.


 



 

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by Robert Diamond - November 28, 2013
When the Tony-winning MEMPHIS closed on Broadway in 2012, producers announced that a West End production was coming soon. According to the UK Daily Mail, soon could be in 2014, at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London's West End, following a scheduled run of THE PAJAMA GAME.
by Robert Diamond - October 15, 2012
Deadline.com reports that a deal is now in place for Belle Pictures and the Mark Gordon Company to head a film adaption of Memphis at Warner Brother's Aclon Entertainment. The film will be produced by Mark Gordon, Molly Smith and Alcon's Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson with a new script by Tony-winner Joe DiPietro.
by Don Grigware - August 2, 2012
Now on its national tour, Memphis docks at the Pantages for two weeks only through August 12, and the production is thrilling from top to bottom with a great book, great score, sensational direction and choreography and a truly fantastic cast of triple threat actors, singers and dancers. Memphis is one those rare shows that gives the audience a realistic picture of radio and the emergence of television as it took possession of the nation in the early 50s.
by Kelsey Denette - August 2, 2012
Tonner Doll Company plans to release their very first Broadway collection: The Memphis Collection. Inspired by the 2010 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Memphis, this collection will feature the fashions straight from the stage.
by BWW News Desk - July 31, 2012
In celebration of the L.A. premiere of the 2010 Tony-Winning Best Musical MEMPHIS, the Pantages Theatre is hosting a fully produced red carpet broadcast which will be streamed live on the official Pantages Theatre UStream and Facebook pages tonight, July 31, 2012, from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
by Robert Diamond - July 30, 2012
The producers of the 2010 Tony Award-winning Best Musical MEMPHIS announced today that the production will recoup its $12 million investment as of its final performance on Broadway on Sunday, August 5, 2012 after 30 previews and 1,166 regular performances. MEMPHIS opened on October 19, 2009 at Broadway's Shubert Theatre (225 W. 44th Street), having begun previews on September 23rd.
by BWW News Desk - July 29, 2012
In celebration of the L.A. premiere of the 2010 Tony-Winning Best Musical MEMPHIS, the Pantages Theatre is hosting a fully produced red carpet broadcast which will be streamed live on the official Pantages Theatre UStream and Facebook pages on July 31, 2012, from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
by BroadwayWorld TV - July 26, 2012
The event continued this week with performances from the asts of GHOST (Richard Fleeshman, Caissie Levy, Da'Vine Joy Randolph), ZARKANA (Jason Nious, Jeremie Robert, Michael Duffy, Tom Cholot, Daniel Passer, Larry Wayne Wilson, Federico Pisapia, Vincenzo Schiavo, Giuseppe Schiavo, Marco Senatore, Keith Paraska, Peter Fand), SISTER ACT (Rashidra Scott, Alena Watters, Lael Van Keuren), MEMPHIS (Kevin Massey, Dan'yelle Williamson) and WICKED (Donna Vivino, Kate Fahrner). Click below to check out the performances from the cast of MEMPHIS, which included 'Colored Woman,' and 'The Music of My Soul' and more!
by E.H. Reiter - July 25, 2012
Interview with Bryan Fenkart, who plays Huey, the DJ that dared to play the music he loved on the radio for all to hear. MEMPHIS is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. For tickets and show time information please go to www.broadwaysd.com
by BWW News Desk - July 24, 2012
MEMPHIS the 2010 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical, opens at the San Diego Civic Theatre tonight, July 24 for a limited engagement and will play through July 29th.
by BWW News Desk - July 9, 2012
BroadwayWorld brings you exclusive photos from last night at MEMPHIS. Tico Torres, the drummer for Bon Jovi, brought his family to the show to support his friend David Bryan. Check out photos of Torres with Montego Glover, Adam Pascal, Derrick Baskin, and James Monroe Iglehart below!
by Stage Tube - June 29, 2012
Broadway and MEMPHIS star Adam Pascal stopped by Good Day New York this morning to treat audiences to a live performance of 'Memphis Lives in Me,' one of the show's most iconic numbers. Check out the performance and photos of Pascal's visit below!
by Robert Diamond - June 26, 2012
The producers of the 2010 Tony Award-winning Best Musical MEMPHIS announced tonight that the production will play its final performance on Broadway on Sunday, August 5, 2012 after 30 previews and 1,166 regular performances. MEMPHIS opened on October 19, 2009 at Broadway's Shubert Theatre (225 W. 44th Street), having begun previews on September 23rd.
by Stage Tube - June 23, 2012
Jared Zirilli (of FAT CAMP, Original Broadway Cast of LYSISTRATA JONES, WICKED, TWILIGHT the Musical) brings you episode 27 of the Jared Zirilli Blog and his sixth interview installment of 'Jared's Broadway Boo's!' with LaQuet Sharnell of SWEET CHARITY, LION KING, MEMPHIS, and LYSISTRATA JONES.
by Charles Shubow - June 18, 2012
See the four-time Tony Award winner and you won't miss a beat.
by BWW News Desk - June 12, 2012
The Kennedy Center presents Memphis in the Opera House from tonight, June 12 to July 1, 2012.

Memphis: A New Musical Frequently Asked Questions

What other productions of Memphis: A New Musical have their been?
Memphis: A New Musical has had 4 productions including Regional (US) which opened in 2004, Broadway which opened in 2009, US Tour which opened in 2011 and West End which opened in 2014.

What Tony Awards has Memphis: A New Musical been nominated for?
Best Musical , Best Book of a Musical for Joe DiPietro, Best Costume Design of a Musical for Paul Tazewell, Best Direction of a Musical for Christopher Ashley, Best Orchestrations for Daryl Waters, Best Orchestrations for David Bryan, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for David BryanBest Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Joe DiPietro and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for David Bryan.

What Tony Awards has Memphis: A New Musical won?
Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical for Joe DiPietro, Best Costume Design of a Musical for Paul Tazewell, Best Direction of a Musical for Christopher Ashley, Best Orchestrations for Daryl Waters Best Orchestrations for David Bryan and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for David Bryan Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Joe DiPietro Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for David Bryan.

What other awards has Memphis: A New Musical been nominated for?
Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for Sergio Trujillo, Outstanding Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Memphis, Outstanding Choreography (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Sergio Trujillo, Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Christopher Ashley, Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Joe DiPietroOutstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for David Bryan and Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for David Bryan.

What other awards has Memphis: A New Musical won?
Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for Sergio Trujillo, Outstanding Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Memphis Outstanding Choreography (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Sergio Trujillo and Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Christopher Ashley Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Joe DiPietro Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for David Bryan Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for David Bryan.

What productions of Memphis: A New Musical have their been?
Memphis: A New Musical has had 4 productions including Regional (US) which opened in 2004, Broadway which opened in 2009, US Tour which opened in 2011 and West End which opened in 2014.

What awards has Memphis: A New Musical been nominated for?
Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for Sergio Trujillo, Outstanding Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Memphis, Outstanding Choreography (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Sergio Trujillo, Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Christopher Ashley, Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Joe DiPietroOutstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for David Bryan and Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for David Bryan.

What awards has Memphis: A New Musical won?
Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for Sergio Trujillo, Outstanding Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Memphis Outstanding Choreography (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Sergio Trujillo and Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Christopher Ashley Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Joe DiPietro Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for David Bryan Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for David Bryan.

What productions of Memphis: A New Musical have there been?
Memphis: A New Musical has had 4 productions including Regional (US) which opened in 2004, Broadway which opened in 2009, US Tour which opened in 2011 and West End which opened in 2014.