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2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

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Memphis - The Musical

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Closed April 17, 2015

This wildly entertaining show wonderfully captures the spirit of these seminal figures who would go on to change the course of popular music."

The Hollywood Reporter

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From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes the hot musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. This local production of the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical Memphis has been lauded as the perfect musical, with catchy, original songs, a touching story, with heart and comedy and high-energy dance numbers that bring the underground R&B clubs of 1950's Memphis to life with marvellous aplomb.

With a book from Joe Pietro and the Music and Lyrics from David Bryan, Memphis is loosely inspired by the story of DJ Dewey Phillips, the first white DJ to play black music in the American South. Dewey is now Huey Calhoun, the all round nice guy, whose only passions include good music and the talented Felicia Delray. Against the backdrop of the turbulent cultural divide of the time, Memphis explores the beginning of the civil rights movements and how Huey and Felicia struggle against racial prejudice and the ambitions of their own careers, set to songs that are already modern classics!

What is Memphis About?

At Delray's, a black underground rock 'n' roll bar, Huey Calhoun discovers the music that is to influence the rest of his life. Later, after loosing his job in a record store for playing black music, he is snapped up by a radio station who can see his potential and his selling power. He quickly becomes the most popular DJ in the area, and his championing of black music begins to break down social barriers and paves the way for a musical revolution!

did you know?

David Bryan, who wrote the music for the show, is a member of the rock band Bon Jovi.

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Performance date: 17 April 2015


Memphis may be inappropriate for children aged 12 and under.

Cast and Creative


Bryan Fenkart as Huey

Felecia Boswell as Felicia

Quentin Earl Darrington as Delray

Rhett George as Gator

Julie Johnson as Mamma

Will Mann as Bobby

Willian Parry 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

8 Nominations

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 Direction of a Musical: Christopher Ashley

Best Orchestrations: Daryl Waters & David Bryan

Best Costume Design of a Musical: Paul Tazewell

What you thought

8 reviews, average rating: (4.4 Stars)

4.5 star rating

Joan Iaconelli: “Still Aglow After the Show”

Totally amazed with the singing, acting and dancing of the entire cast.... more

Denise: “Brilliant”

Saw this musical yesterday and my friends and I where truly entertained! more

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