Thursday, May 21, 2009

Broadway Bound Musical Memphis Announces Theatre

It was announced today that the new musical Memphis is likely to play Broadway's Shubert Theatre come this fall. Although no official announcement has been made it is expected to begin previews on September 23 with an official opening set for October 18. The theatre currently houses the Tony nominated revival Blithe Spirit which is on sale thru July 19th. According to press notes, "Memphis follows the fictionalized life story of young, white radio disc jockey Huey Calhoon growing up in Memphis, Tennessee in the 1950’s. An unlikely hero with a great love of the music he hears in the black bars on Beale Street, Huey’s on-air antics and unstoppable enthusiasm for 'race records' creates a new white audience for African-American music. His personal life transcends the race line as well, when he falls in love with a beautiful black singer - with dramatic consequences."

Based on the response it received at La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle's 5th Avenue Theater I expect the show to do very well. Besides it's about time we had some original shows on Broadway. Until next time theatre fans.

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