State Theatre will present three performances of the Broadway musical, Memphis, on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 8pm and Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 3 pm and 8 pm. A free Pre-Performance Insights lecture is available for each performance, one hour prior to show time at the United Methodist Church, located at 323 George Street. Tickets for Memphis range from $35-75.
The Memphis cast includes Joey Elrose as Huey Calhoun, Jasmin Richardson as Felicia, Ramond Thomas as Delray, D. Scott Withers as Mr. Simmons, Avionce Hoyles as Gator, Jerrial T. Young as Bobby, and Pat Sibley as Mama. The ensemble includes Keely Beirne (of Manalapan NJ), Oyoyo Joi Bonner, Taylor Broadard, Sidney DuPont, Kenny Francoeur, Laurie Elizabeth Gardner, Daniel S. Hines, Kyshawn K. Lane, JT Mckenzie, Kaitlin Niewoehner, Jonathan Ragsdale, Jonas Shumpert, and Eddie Urish, with Erika Conaway as swing/dance captain and Jose Gonzalez as swing/assistant dance captain.
Critically acclaimed Memphis won four 2010 Tony® Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score (David Bryan and Joe DiPietro); four Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Music (David Bryan) and four Outer Critic Circle Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Score (David Bryan & Joe DiPietro), and Outstanding Choreography (Sergio Trujillo).
The show features a Tony® winning score with music by Bon Jovi’s founding member and keyboardist David Bryan and lyrics by Bryan and Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change), who also pens the musical’s book. Bryan and DiPietro also collaborated on the award-winning off-Broadway hit, The Toxic Avenger.
New Jersey native David Bryan is a Grammy® Award-winning keyboard player and founding member of Bon Jovi. Over the past 26 years the band has sold more than 130 million records and toured the world, playing to millions of people. Their recent Lost Highway Tour was the #1 grossing tour in the world. He is also a National Spokesperson for VH1's Save The Music Program.
Adam Arian will re-create the original direction by Tony® nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu), Jermaine Rembert will re-create the original choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys).
Scenic Design for Memphis is by Tony® Award-winner David Gallo (The Drowsy Chaperone, Reasons to Be Pretty), Costume Design is by Tony nominee Paul Tazewell (In the Heights), Lighting Design is by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (Jersey Boys) and Sound Design is by Shannon Slaton.
Memphis takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50’s, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. Memphis is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves—filled with laughter, vibrant choreography, and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll.
For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit online at www.StateTheatreNJ.org. The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10 am to 6 pm; Wednesday 11 am to 7 pm; Saturday, 1 pm to5 pm; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates, unless otherwise specified. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 517. Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.