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Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday Evenings at 7:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday Evenings at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday Matinee Performances at 2:00 p.m.
September 03, 2014 - September 28, 2014

Music and lyrics by David Bryan
Lyrics and book by Joe DiPietro 



A regional theatre premiere at Arkansas Rep, Memphis is a new musical with music and lyrics by David Bryan and lyrics and book by Joe DiPietro loosely based on Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips, one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s. 

Appearing on Broadway from October 19, 2009 to August 5, 2012, Memphis garnered eight 2010 Tony Award nominations, and won four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Orchestrations and Best Musical. 

Set in the 1950s in the musically-rich Tennessee city, Memphis tells the story of a local DJ with a passion for R&B music and an up-and-coming singer that he meets one fateful night on Beale Street. As their careers rise, their relationship is challenged by personal ambition and the pressures and prejudice of the outside world.


From the first notes of its opening number “Underground” right up to a rousing finale called “Steal Your Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Memphis delivers one energetic song after the next, with electrifying singing and dancing along the way.



Cast

Courtney Blackmun ... Ensemble /“Someday” Backup Singer
Michele May Clark ... Ensemble/Clara/White Mother/US Gladys
Brent DiRoma* ... Huey
Katie Emerson* ... Ensemble/Teen Girl 1/Double Dutch Girl
Ryan Farnsworth* ... Ensemble/Perry Como/US Huey
Tatiana H. Green ... Ensemble/“Someday” Backup Singer
DeCarl Jones ... Ensemble/Black DJ/Wailin Joe/Reverend Hobson/US De
Marisa Kirby* ... Ensemble/Dance Captain/Teen Girl 2/US Clara/US Whi
Ann-Ngaire Martin* ... Gladys
Daniel McDonald* ... White DJ/Mr. Collins/White Father/Gordon Grant/US
Chris McNiff ... Ensemble/Buck Wiley/Martin Holton
Bill Newhall* ... Mr. Simmons
Gregory Omar Osborne ... Ensemble /"Be Black" Trio
Tony Perry* ... Delray
J Nycole Ralph* ... Ethel/"Someday" Backup Singer/Ensemble /US Felicia
Shaun Repetto ... Ensemble/ Frank Dryer/ US Perry Como
Jasmin Richardson* ... Felicia
James Roberts ... Ensemble/”Be Black Trio/US Gator
Arthur L. Ross* ... Bobby
Kyron Turner ... Ensemble/”Be Black” Trio
Laura Leigh Turner ... Ensemble
Gregory L. Williams* ... Gator

Crew

Music Director: Mark Binns
Sound Designer: Allan Branson
Director/Choreographer: Lynne Kurdziel-Formato
Properties Designer: Lynda J. Kwallek
Resident Set Designer/Technical Director: Mike Nichols
Wig Designer: Robert Pickens
Lighting Designer: Bill Webb
AEA Assistant Stage Manager: Katie M. Dayley*
AEA Assistant Stage Manager: Phillip T. Perez*
Production Manager/Co-Costume Designer: Rafael Colon Castanera
Co-Costume Designer: Mark Nagle
Music and Lyrics by: David Bryan
Book and Lyrics by: Joe DiPietro

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ERFORMANCES & SPECIAL EVENTS

PAY WHAT YOU CAN NIGHT

Wednesday, September 3 | 7 p.m.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette presents The Rep’s “Pay What You Can Night” on Wed., Sept. 3. Patrons can pay any amount they wish for their ticket. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Box Office at 601 Main Street the day of the performance. The Box Office will be open from 9 a.m. until curtain. Tickets are limited to (2) two per person. Offer is based on seating availability.

PRESHOW DIRECTOR TALKS
Wednesday, September 3 and Thursday, September 4 | 6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.  
A preshow talk will take place on the set of Memphis with Director Lynn Kurdziel-Formato, Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and members of the creative team.

CLINTON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE Distinguished Speaker Series
Thursday, September 4 | 12 – 1 p.m.
Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock

Join Rep Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp as he hosts the cast from The Rep’s production of Memphis for a panel discussion on this high-energy musical!

Arkansas Repertory Theatre works in partnership with the Clinton School of Public Service to participate in their Distinguished Speaker Series, hosting educational panel discussions on various Rep productions. The panel discussions are led by Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and include insights from guest directors, actors and Bob himself on bringing compelling stories to The Rep stage. Call the Clinton School at (501) 683-5239(501) 683-5239 for reservations.


OPENING NIGHT
Friday, September 5 | 8 p.m.
Opening Night for Memphis will include a post-show reception with the cast immediately following the show. Complimentary champagne and light hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

The After-Party
Sponsored by Heartbeat 106.7
Saturday, September 13 | 10:30 p.m.
Stick around after the Saturday performance of Memphis for drinks and look for members of the cast to make an appearance at The Rep's lounge Foster's.

Girls Night Out with Beehive
Sponsored by Inviting Arkansas
Thursday, September 18 | 6 - 7 p.m.
Shop 'til you drop with Little Rock boutique Beehive in Foster's before showtime. A cash bar will be available.

Live From Foster's with Christopher Keys Cash
Friday, September 19 | 6:30 p.m.
Get your evening started early with live pre-show music from Christopher Keys Cash at Foster's.

Beer Night with O'Fallon Brewery
Sponsored by Arkansas Times

Thursday, September 25 | 5:30 p.m.
Join the Arkansas Times and Golden Eagle before the show to enjoy samples of O'Fallon Brewery beer in Foster's.


Learn more with our special Study Guide here. Information for study guide provided by Robert Neblett.

SIGN INTERPRETATION
Performance interpreted for the hearing impaired on Wednesday, September 17


PERFORMANCE RUN
Memphis will run for four weeks with performances from September 3-September 28, 2014, Wednesday through Sunday.

SHOW TIMES
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evening performances 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday evening performances 8 p.m.  Sunday Matinees performances 2 p.m.


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