Memphis: A New Musical 2009

Run Time:
2 hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission
Opened: October 19, 2009
Closing: August 05, 2012

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

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).


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Femme Very Fatale
4 / 10

Although Memphis is a mock-up of a phony, it does intend to convey a serious message: Rock and roll, it seems, was not invented by white people! Of course, this being Broadway, a white guy is still the star: Chad Kimball plays Huey Calhoun, a stand-in for real-life Memphis D.J. Dewey Phillips, the motor-mouthed firebrand who was among the first to play R&B “race records” for white audiences and famously gave Elvis his radio debut. Unlike Dewey, Huey doesn’t put Elvis on the air—indeed, he seems to exist in an Elvis-less Memphis, where white people sing and dance about only one subject: the inability of white people to sing and dance. It’s just as well: No ersatz Broadway Elvis would fit onstage with Kimball. With his 78 rpm delivery and quicksilver tenor, he’s a perfectly contoured stone skipped briskly across the show’s sluggish surface. He sells a passable eleven o’clock number, “Memphis Lives in Me,” as an aching, ringing heartland anthem.

'Memphis' a top-notch Broadway destination
8 / 10

Joe DiPietro ('I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change') handles these complicated themes in a way that's never heavy-handed, with the story's melodramatic aspects leavened by frequent doses of hilarious one-liners, many of them expertly delivered by Kimball. The show eschews becoming yet another jukebox musical with its terrific original score by Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan, which provides an expert pastiche of '50s-era R&B, rock and gospel. Credit, too, must go to the superbly brisk staging by Christopher Ashley and the exuberant choreography by Sergio Trujillo, which is terrifically handled by the large ensemble.

Tony-Winning MEMPHIS Headed to West End in 2014?
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.

Breaking News: Deal in Place for Movie Adaption of Tony-Winning MEMPHIS
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.

BWW Reviews: Pantages Hosts MEMPHIS, the Musical That Has It All
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.

Tonner Doll Company to Release MEMPHIS 'Huey' and 'Felicia' Figures
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.

MEMPHIS Red Carpet Streams Live at Pantages Theatre Tonight, 7/31
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.

MEMPHIS Will Recoup Investment on Broadway by Closing
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.

MEMPHIS Red Carpet to Stream Live at Pantages Theatre, 7/31
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.

BWW Interviews: Bryan Fenkart Brings MEMPHIS to San Diego
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

MEMPHIS Comes Home to San Diego, Now thru 7/29
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.

TV: MEMPHIS Performs at Broadway in Bryant Park 2012!
by Nicole Rosky - 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!

Photo Exclusive: Bon Jovi Drummer Tico Torres Visits MEMPHIS
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!

Stage Tube: Adam Pascal Sings 'Memphis Lives In Me' on Good Day New York!
by Jessica Lewis - 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!

Breaking News: Tony-Winning MEMPHIS to Close on Broadway August 5; West End Production Coming Soon
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.

STAGE TUBE: Jared Zirilli Chats with LYSISTRATA JONES' LaQuet Sharnell on 'Broadway Boo's!'
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.

BWW Reviews: MEMPHIS at the Kennedy Center is mmmmmmmmm Marvelous!
by Charles Shubow - June 18, 2012


See the four-time Tony Award winner and you won't miss a beat.

MEMPHIS Comes Home to San Diego, 7/24-29
by BWW News Desk - June 11, 2012


MEMPHIS the 2010 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical, opens at the San Diego Civic Theatre on July 24 for a limited engagement and will play through July 29th.

MEMPHIS Comes to Kennedy Center Opera House, Now thru 7/1
by BWW News Desk - June 12, 2012


The Kennedy Center presents Memphis in the Opera House from tonight, June 12 to July 1, 2012.

BWW Review: MEMPHIS Lives in Buffalo!
by Jenna Rich - June 10, 2012


Anyone who knows me knows that I adore MEMPHIS. Back in 2011, I had the opportunity to see the show on Broadway and I met the fantastical Chad Kimball. Later that year, I went to see the Direct from Broadway showings at my local movie theater (yes, I went 3 times). You could say I'm a bit obsessed. Now here I am, a year later at the first National Tour cast's party in my hometown of Buffalo, NY.

Photo Flash: Taye Diggs Visits MEMPHIS!
by Nicole Rosky - May 25, 2012


Last night, Broadway veteran Taye Diggs brought his mom to MEMPHIS to see friend Adam Pascal play 'Huey Calhoun'. Check out photos of Diggs with the cast below!

MEMPHIS Comes to Kennedy Center Opera House, 6/12-7/1
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2012


The Kennedy Center presents Memphis in the Opera House from June 12 to July 1, 2012.

STAGE TUBE: MEMPHIS Presents 'A Hockadoo Hair-Do How-Do'
by Sally Henry Fuller - May 7, 2012


Mary Kay Yezerski-Bondoc, of the MEMPHIS wig department, recently did an eight-step video about how to properly take curlers out of a wig and style it. Additionally, this video gives a glimpse at the astounding number of wigs used in the show.

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Memphis: A New Musical - 2009 Broadway Awards and Nominations

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Year Ceremony Category Nominee
2010 BroadwayWorld Awards Best Book of a Musical Joe DiPietro
2010 BroadwayWorld Awards Best Original Score David Bryan
2010 BroadwayWorld Awards Best Original Score Joe DiPietro
2010 BroadwayWorld Awards Best Original Score David Bryan
2010 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Choreography Sergio Trujillo
2010 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Musical Memphis
2010 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Actor in a Musical Chad Kimball
2010 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Actress in a Musical Montego Glover
2010 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Choreography Sergio Trujillo
2010 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Director of a Musical Christopher Ashley
2010 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Cass Morgan
2010 Tony Awards Best Book of a Musical Joe DiPietro
2010 Tony Awards Best Costume Design of a Musical Paul Tazewell
2010 Tony Awards Best Direction of a Musical Christopher Ashley
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical ShadowCatcher Entertainment/Vijay and Sita Vashee
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical Remmel T. Dickinson/Memphis Orpheum Group
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical Loraine Boyle/Chase Mishkin
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical Bob Bartner/Scott and Kaylin Union
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical Dan Frishwasser
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical Patty Baker
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical Jocko Productions
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical Broadway Across America
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical Linda and Bill Potter
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical Lauren Doll
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical Junkyard Dog Productions
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical Latitude Link
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical Jim and Susan Blair
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical Demos Bizar Entertainment
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical Land Line Productions
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical Eric and Marsi Gardiner
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical Barbara and Buddy Freitag
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical Apples and Oranges Productions
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical Dave Copley
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical Dancap Productions, Inc.
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical Alex and Katya Lukianov
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical Tony Ponturo
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical 2 Guys Productions
2010 Tony Awards Best Musical Richard Winkler
2010 Tony Awards Best Orchestrations Daryl Waters
2010 Tony Awards Best Orchestrations David Bryan
2010 Tony Awards Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre David Bryan
2010 Tony Awards Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Joe DiPietro
2010 Tony Awards Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre David Bryan
2010 Tony Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical Chad Kimball
2010 Tony Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Montego Glover
2009 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actor in a Musical Chad Kimball
2009 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actress in a Musical (tie) Montego Glover
2009 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Book of a Musical Joe DiPietro
2009 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Music David Bryan
2009 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Orchestrations David Bryan

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