Memphis will hit the stage at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center for the Arts from Tuesday, January 22 through Sunday, February 3, as a part of the 25th Anniversary Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati 12/13 Season.
Set in the 1950’s, in Tennessee’s nightclubs, radio stations and recording studios, Memphis tells the fictional story of a local DJ, who has a passion for R& B music as well as an up-and-coming singer, Felicia. The two meet on Beale Street and face objections in regard to their relationship from family and friends. (The musical deals with some race issues.) They also have to rise above the challenges and pressures of their careers.
From a musical perspective, the production delivers a rousing collection of hits including “Underground” “Scratch My Itch,” “Someday” and “Steal Your Rock ‘n’ Roll,” combined with some impressive dance moves.
Memphis won four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Memphis also features a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) and the Tony-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) acts as director and choreography is conducted by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys).
Show times for Memphis are at 8 p.m. from Tuesdays to Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays. Matinee performances are at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Sundays.
The show runs two hours and 30 minutes with one intermission. Tickets start at $28. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased in person at the Broadway in Cincinnati Box Office downtown in the Mercantile Center at 120 East 4th Street, or online at www.BroadwayInCincinnati.com and at www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at (800) 982-2787.