HOWDY FOLKS!! This is Team New York Broadway Tours and it?s only 18 days away till The 73rd Annual Tony Awards. However to keep us entertained and tracking down the days till we reach Broadway?s biggest night, we are waking you up each morning with some of the greatest musical performances from previous telecasts on our TOP 40 TONY AWARDS COUNTDOWN. Get ready because here comes another great big Broadway number.
At # 18 on out countdown, we take a trip to a HONKY TONK town in Tennessee in the 1950's during a time of segregation and the birth of Rock N' Roll. In this town, we meet a young Caucasian DJ who attempts to get an African American nightclub singer on the radio and eventually falls in a forbidden romance with her leading them into dangerous situations. This is of course Memphis The Musical. The show features a score by Bon Jovi keyboard player David Bryan along with additional lyrics and a book by Joe DiPietro.
From the 2010, Tony nominees Chad Kimball as "Huey Calhoun", Montego Glover as ?Felicia Farrall?, and the cast perform the show?s toe tapping finale anthem STEAL YOUR ROCK N?ROLL.
MEMPHIS originally was developed during the 2003-2004 season at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Massachusetts and TheaterWorks 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 a total of 1,195 performances. Under the direction by Tony winner Christopher Ashley and choreography by Tony nominee again this year Sergio Trujillo, the cast consisted of….
Chad Kimball (later Adam Pascal) as "Huey Calhoun",
Montego Glover as "Felicia Farrall",
J. Bernard Calloway (later Christopher Jackson) as "Delray",
Tony nominee this year Derrick Baskin as "Gator",
Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart as "Bobby",
Cass Morgan (later Nancy Opel) as "Mama Gladys Calhoun",
and Tony winner Michael McGrath (later John Jellison) as "Mr. Simmons".
The musical was nominated for 8 Tony Awards in 2010 winning 4 including Best Musical
During its run on Broadway, one of the performances of MEMPHIS was filmed in front of a live audience and released in Movie Theaters. It's currently available on DVD and can be watched on BroadwayHD as well. The filmed performance features the entire original cast live from the stage of the Shubert Theatre.
Following the success of Broadway, the show went on to become a worldwide hit across America, in London's West End, Australia, and more. It's currently also being done in High Schools and Regional Theaters everywhere.
Doesn't this show make you wanna yell HOCKADOO?!!
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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?!!
Original Star Chad Kimball to Return for 54 SINGS MEMPHIS at Feinstein’s/54 Below
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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