The Artist Series Brings Memphis!

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Memphis premieres at Jacksonville's Times-Union Center's Moran Theater on Tuesday, March 18th at 7:30PM for 8 performances only! From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break.



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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).

Memphis is Mighty, Magnificent, Miraculous…ingenious staging and direction,  energizing, fresh, and joyful choreography and an infectious dynamite score!” said the Houston Chronicle and the Toronto Star called Memphis “an explosion of energy, joy and emotion you won’t want to miss!... with singing that rocks your soul and dancing that rocks your world!” “Memphis is a Masterpiece!” exclaimed BroadwayWorld.com.

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.

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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).
 
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. 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).
 
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 Performance Schedule at Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center:
Tuesday, March 18th at 7:30PM
Wednesday, March 19th at 7:30PM
Thursday, March 20th at 7:30PM
Friday, March 21st at 8PM
Saturday, March 22nd at 2PM and 8PM
Sunday, March 23rd at 1:30PM and 7PM

Tickets for Memphis in Jacksonville start at $32.00 and are available at the Artist Series Box Office between 10AM-5PM, Monday-Friday, at (904) 442-BWAY (2929) and online 24/7 at www.artistseriesjax.org.  Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more at (904) 442-2947 or groupsales@fscj.edu.








Turn up that Dial!...From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves -- filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll.

Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Memphis, which played pre-Broadway at the La Jolla Playhouse, features a Tony®-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) and a Tony®-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. Directing is Tony® nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu), and choreography is by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys). Get ready to experience Broadway’s most exciting new destination, what AP calls “The very essence of what a Broadway musical should be.”