October 19, 2009
In 1950s Memphis, a drunk good ole Southern boy stumbles into a Beale Street nightclub, where he is immediately captivated by the gorgeous black soul singer on the stage. Against the wishes of their loved ones, the pair fall hard in love, watch their respective careers rise and make beautiful music together.
Although there are figures from the period who have similarities to its characters (including famed DJ Dewey Phillips), Memphis tells a fictional tale based in history.
Memphis came to Broadway the old-fashioned way—it was developed in front of audiences over the past decade with a series of regional stagings at the North Shore Music Theatre outside Boston (2003), TheatreWorks in California (2004), La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego (2008) and the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle (2009).
Book by Joe DiPietro; music by David Bryan; lyrics by DiPietro and Bryan
Junkyard Dog Productions, Barbara and Buddy Freitag, Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff, Latitude Link, Jim and Susan Blair, Demos Bizar Entertainment, Land Line Productions, Apples and Oranges Productions, Dave Copley, Dancap Productions, Inc., Alex and Katya Lukianov, Tony Ponturo, 2 Guys Productions and Richard Winkler
—Broadway.com Audience Award nomination for Favorite New Broadway Musical
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Musical
—Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Musical
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Production of a Musical
Composer Bryan, better known as the keyboardist for Bon Jovi, would often collaborate on songs over the phone with librettist/lyricist DiPietro while on the road with the band.