Memphis The Musical

Memphis The Musical Tickets

To the delight of Broadway lovers, the classic tale of fame and forbidden love, Memphis the Musical is once again on tour. The real life inspired play, features some of the most amazing dance sequences, music numbers and performances. Late George W. George, the famous theatre producer came up with the idea for the show. The play’s book is by Joe DiPetro, music by David Bryan while the lyrics are a combined effort of the two. Although the musical has always attracted large number of attendees, yet this time Memphis the Musical tickets are expected to surpass the sales records that it had set earlier.

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Event: Memphis the Musical

Awards: 4 Tony Awards, 4 Drama Desk Awards

Hit Songs: The Music of My Soul, Ain’t Nothing But a Kiss


The story of Memphis the Musical is set in the 1950s, an era that saw a rapid rise in the popularity of rock ‘n’ roll music genre. It revolves around the two characters of an idealistic local radio, DJ Huey and an aspiring African-American singer Felicia. The play brings out the intensity of hardships and discrimination suffered by the two due to their romantic interracial relationship, which develops in the underground dance club of Memphis, Tennessee. The musical presents a take at the racist mindsets of the generation of the time and the impact it had on societal standards. As the couple strives to fight for their love, they are pulled back due to the nature of their ambitions and social conventions.


Initial Productions

The first few shows of Memphis the musical were held in Beverly, at the North Shore Music Theatre, in Massachusetts and also in California’s TheatreWorks in Mountain View, during the 2003-04 seasons. The play was next presented in San Diego by the La Jolla Playhouse. It ran starting from the 19th of August until the 28th of September, 2008. It was also staged at the 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle during the months of January and February of 2009.


Memphis on Broadway

The Broadway previews of Memphis the Musical started at the Shubert Theatre in 2009. The director of the first production was Christopher Ashley while the choreography was done by Sergio Trujillo. The Broadway premiere cast comprised of many names from its pre-Broadway shows. Among these are Chad Kimball and Montego Glover, the two lead actors who played the characters of Huey Calhoun and Felicia Farrell respectively.


Response by Notable Publications and Critics

Memphis the musical has by large received positive reviews. Elisabeth Vincentelli of The New York Post described the play as, “An exuberant musical with classic values: catchy songs, heaping spoonfuls of inspirational moments and gifted performers at the top of their game.” John Simon of the Bloomberg News stated, “I guarantee you a rambunctious good time, highlighted by rousing music and singing, spectacular dancing and a witty, moving story.”


Musical on Tour

The musical will now be staged at a number of prominent performing art centers across the country. Theatre goers, Broadway followers and music lovers are thus in for a great treat. As the curtain is raised, the cast revisits the booming rock ‘n’ roll era of the 1950s, transporting the audience into the life  and issues prevalent in the society of the time.

Did You Know…

  1. The musical is said to be influenced by the life of Dewey Philips, one of the first few white DJs to play African-American music during the 1950s.
  2. It bagged the 2010 Tony Award for ‘Best Musical.’
  3. It has been described by the Associated Press as “the very essence of what a Broadway musical should be.”
  4. It is the first show that saw the release of a film version while still running on Broadway.
  5. The play was labeled as ‘The biggest hit on Broadway’ by David Richardson of WOR Radio.