This summer, take a trip back in time with the sights and sounds of 1950’s Tennessee at the Walnut Street Theatre. The hit, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Memphis is rocking Philadelphia until July 12, featuring music inspired by the 1950s birth of rock and roll. Based on true events from the life of Dewey Phillips, one of the first white radio DJs to play music from black artists in the 1950s, Memphis: The Musical follows the love affair of DJ Huey Calhoun, a white DJ who wants to change music forever, and Felicia Farrell, an up-and-coming black club singer looking to catch her big break.
Don’t miss your chance to see a hit Broadway production only a short walk away from The Independent Hotel — Memphis: The Musical originally debuted on Broadway to critical acclaim in 2009 and ran until 2012. The production won four Tony Awards in 2010, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. Written and directed by Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan, the production’s score features music inspired by early Rock and Roll and Soul artists like Chuck Berry, James Brown, and the Temptations.
The Walnut Street Theatre’s local Philadelphia production of Memphis: The Musical brings the same rocking score and stage presence as its Broadway predecessor to the City of Brotherly Love. The show stars Christopher Sutton as Huey Calhoun and Kimber Sprawl as Felicia Farrell. Actress Mary Martello, who plays Huey’s mother, has received critical praise and reviews have called the production’s set pieces and costumes “dazzling.”
Memphis: The Musical plays Fridays at 10:00 PM and Saturdays with a 2:00 PM matinee show and a regular performance at 10:00 PM until July 12th. For more information or tickets to Walnut Street Theatre’s production of Memphis: The Musical, click here.
What: Memphis: The Musical
Where: The Walnut Street Theatre (825 Walnut Street)
When: May 12 through July 12, 2015