Memphis: From Broadway to Louisville cinemas [Theater]


Dance the night away and hear rock n' roll the way its supposed to be in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Memphis, coming to a Louisville or New Albany theater near you.

Memphis, featuring a local DJ and his African-American girlfriend during the 1950s rock n roll revolution, will engage audiences in area theatres for four days only.  Rave Stonybrook 20, at 2745 Hurstborne Lane in Louisville, will show Memphis on April 28, 30, and May 3 at 7:30 p.m. each night as well as May 1 at 12:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Great Escape New Albany 16, located at 300 Professional Court in New Albany, IN, will showcase Memphis on April 28 at 7::30 p.m., May 1 at 12:30 p.m., and May 3 at 7:30 p.m.  Finally, Tinsletown, located at 4400 Towne Center Drive in Louisville, will air Memphis on April 28 and May 3.

Ticket prices vary by time and location, and all information can be found at the respective theatre's websites.

Memphis brings about Huey Calhoun, a stock boy-turned-hit local DJ known for playing rock n roll records and his catchphrase "Hockadoo!"  While in a 1950s black club, Calhoun begins flirting with Felicia, a talented singer and sister of the club owner.  The two soon began a relationship, both professional and romantic, that will take them through the heights and the prejudices of the era.

David Bryan (of Bon Jovi fame) and Joe DiPietro created the lyrics, music, and book for Memphis, which opened on Broadway in October 2009.  The musical has been performed more than 600 times at the Shubert Theatre, is still there, and earned the Best Musical Tony in 2010.  A national touring production of Memphis is expected to begin later this year.

Memphis was filmed live on Broadway during performances in January and will be shown in select cinemas nationwide, including the three mentioned earlier, between April 28 and May 3.

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