Actors’ Playhouse has opened its production of Broadway’s smash hit musical Memphis playing now through Apr. 7 at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables.
The company features an impressive ensemble of South Florida and New York’s finest triple-threat performers, regional theater favorites from across the country and a member of the Broadway National Tour of Memphis.
Winner of four Tony Awards — including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book and Best Orchestrations — Memphis takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 1950s, where a young white deejay named Huey Calhoun falls in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer, Felicia Farrell. Memphis is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever.
Filled with high-octane dancing, songs that perfectly capture the era, and an absorbing tale of fame and forbidden love, the show offers soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. The show’s Tony-winning original score features 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.
The principal cast features Eddie Egan as Huey (The New York Radio City Christmas Spectacular; West Side Story, La Mirada Theatre), Gabrielle Graham as Felicia (It Shoulda Been You at Actors’ Playhouse), Chaz Rose as Delray (Off-Broadway: Black Angels Over Tuskegee and She Likes Girls), Margot Moreland as Mama (It Shoulda Been You, Sondheim On Sondheim at Actors’ Playhouse), David Berry as Gator (Dreamgirls at Marquee Theater), Mark Sanders as Mr. Simmons (Carousel, Ragtime at Actors’ Playhouse) and Jerrial T. Young as Bobby (Bobby in the Broadway National Tour of Memphis).