HOCKADOO!!!!!! The 2010 Tony Award winning smash hit Memphis The Musical is gearing up for an original cast reunion one night only concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below on February 4th, 2018 (both at 7pm and 9:30pm).
Members of the original cast expecting to appear will be…
The show’s Tony nominated leading man Chad Kimball (currently in Come From Away) who created the role of the ramblin’, FANTASTICAL, and CRAZY LITTLE FOOL trying to play COLORED MUSIC on the Radio himself, “Huey Calhoun”,
Cass Morgan (Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast, The Bridges of Madison County Musical) who originated the role of Huey’s prejudice mother “Gladys Calhoun”,
and J Bernard Calloway who originated the role of the overprotective club owner “Delray”.
Additional cast members will be announced soon.
MEMPHIS was an original musical written by
Joe DiPietro and Bon Jovi’s keyboard player David Bryan. The story is fictional but inspired by the true story of the birth of Rock N’Roll. Set in the Smokey halls and clubs in the segregated area of downtown Memphis, Tennessee in the 1950’s, a young Caucasian DJ who tries to play Colored Music on the radios everywhere and falls in love with an African American nightclub singer that leads them into dangerous situations.
The show originally was developed from 2003-2004 season at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Massachusetts and TheatreWorks in Mountain View, California. It had it’s official world premiere production in 2008 at La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California and later played The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington in 2009.
Following the success of those world premiere productions, MEMPHIS officially arrived on Broadway in 2009 playing the Shubert Theatre where it ran for an amazing total of 1,195 performances. It received 8 Tony Awards nominations winning 4 including Best Musical. Following the success of Broadway, the show went on to become a worldwide hit across America, in London’s West End, Australia, and more.
During it’s run on Broadway, the show was captured on film and was released in Movie Theatres back in 2011. It’s currently available on DVD and can be watched on BroadwayHD as well.
Who cannot wait for this FANTASTICAL reunion?!!
Memphis’ original Broadway cast members Tony nominee Chad Kimball (Come From Away), Cass Morgan (The Bridges of Madison County), and J. Bernard Calloway (All The Way) have joined 54 SINGS MEMPHIS, a one night only concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below on Sunday, February 4th, at 7:00pm and 9:30pm.
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