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225 West 44th St, New York, NY 10036

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Closed August 5, 2012

A sincere new musical with plenty of energetic choreography and a talented, appealing, hard-charging cast that holds the attention.

Charles Isherwood, New York Times

Why See Memphis?

A music-loving mixed-race couple struggles to survive during the early Civil Rights era in Memphis.

What happens when a 1950's Memphis DJ with white listeners decides to play African-American music? Is Memphis ready for it? Is America? The story was inspired by the legendary DJ Dewey Phillips and the music that became known as "rock 'n' roll".

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Previews from: 23 September 2009

Opening night: 19 October 2009


Memphis may be inappropriate for children aged 12 and under. Children under 4 years of age will not be admitted into the Shubert Theater.

Run time

2 hours and 30 minutes, which includes a 15 minute intermission.

Cast and Creative


Montego Glover as Felicia Farrell
Chad Kimball as Huey Calhoun
Will Mann as Bobby
J. Bernard Calloway as Delray Jones
Derrick Baskin as Gator
Nancy Opel as Gladys Calhoun
John Jellison as Mr Simmons


Director - Christopher Ashley
Choreography - Sergio Trujillo
Scenic Design - David Gallo
Costume Design - Paul Tazewell
Lighting Design - Howell Binkley
Sound Design - Ken Travis
Lyrics - Joe DiPietro and David Bryan
Music - David Bryan
Book - Joe DiPietro



Best Musical

Best Book of a Musical: Joe DiPietro

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: Music: David Bryan

Lyrics: Joe DiPietro, David Bryan

Best Orchestrations: Daryl Waters & David Bryan

What you thought

14 reviews, average rating: (4.6 Stars)

4.5 star rating

Lena Pena: “CANNOT WAIT!”

I saw this show in Seattle, and it is SPECTACLAR! This a hit on so many... more

Irina: “Must See”

I attended last night's opening show and thought it was fabulous! The music,... more

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