Jan 29, 2011

The 2010 Tony® Award-Winning Best Musical “MEMPHIS” Comes To The Cadillac Palace Theatre Nov. 22 – Dec. 4

The 2010 Tony® Award-Winning Best Musical “MEMPHIS”
Comes To The Cadillac Palace Theatre Nov. 22 – Dec. 4

CHICAG0 (Jan. 26, 2011)  Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce MEMPHIS, the show that’s currently blowing the roof off Broadway, will be wowing Chicago audiences from November 22-December 4, 2011 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph St.).

Critically acclaimed MEMPHIS won four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score (David Bryan and Joe DiPietro), Best Book (Joe DiPietro), and Best Orchestrations (David Bryan and Daryl Waters). MEMPHIS won four Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Performance by an Actress (Montego Glover), Outstanding Music (David Bryan) and Outstanding Orchestration (David Bryan and Daryl Waters).  MEMPHIS has also won four Outer Critic Circle Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Score (David Bryan & Joe DiPietro), Outstanding Actress (Montego Glover) and Outstanding Choreography (Sergio Trujillo).

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.

The show features a brand new 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 current award-winning off-Broadway hit, The Toxic Avenger. MEMPHIS is based on a concept by the late George W. George (producer of the Tony nominated Bedroom Farce and the film My Dinner With Andre), with direction by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) and choreography by Sergio Trujillo, who is currently represented by an astonishing four shows on Broadway (Memphis, Jersey Boys, Next to Normal and The Addams Family).

The original Broadway musical MEMPHIS, played a limited, sold-out engagement at La Jolla Playhouse from August 19 – September 28, 2008 and received San Diego’s Craig Noel Awards for Excellence in Theatre for both Outstanding New Musical of 2008 and for its star Chad Kimball, in the role of DJ Huey

Calhoun.  The show then played another critically-acclaimed, extremely successful engagement at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre from January 27 – February 15, 2009.  This production was co-produced by La Jolla Playhouse (Christopher Ashley, Artistic Director) and 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle, WA, (David Armstrong, Producing Artistic Director/ Marilynn Sheldon, Managing Director).  The world premiere of MEMPHIS in 2003-2004 was co-produced by North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA and TheatreWorks in Silicon Valley, CA.  
David Richardson of WOR Radio calls MEMPHIS “The biggest hit on Broadway” while Charles Isherwood of the New York Times says, ““David Bryan evokes the powerhouse funk of James Brown, the hot guitar riffs of Chuck Berry, the smooth harmonies of the Temptations, the silken, bouncy pop of the great girl groups of the period.”  The New York Post raves “Of such thrills, Broadway is made,” Newsday calls the show “A smash!  An extraordinary show,” the Daily News promises that MEMPHIS will “Blast you out the door humming and happy” and NY1’s Roma Torre cheers, “MEMPHIS ROCKS!”

MEMPHIS begins performances on November 22 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre and will run through December 4, 2011.  Tickets are available now for groups of 15 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. MEMPHIS will be a part of the next 2011 Season Subscription Series available to renewing and new subscribers this spring.  Individual tickets will go on sale at a later date.

For more information visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com or www.memphisthemusical.com.


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