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'Memphis' makes its way to Little Rock

Posted: September 3, 2014 - 3:19pm
SUBMITTED PHOTO  The musical "Memphis" will begin shows at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock on Sept. 5, and the show will run until Sept. 28.
SUBMITTED PHOTO The musical "Memphis" will begin shows at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock on Sept. 5, and the show will run until Sept. 28.

“Memphis” has made its way to Little Rock.

A regional theatre premiere at Arkansas Rep, Memphis is a new musical with music and lyrics by David Bryan and lyrics and book by Joe DiPietro loosely based on Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips, one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s.

“Memphis” will be on the main stage at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre from Sept. 5 to Sept. 28.

Appearing on Broadway from October 19, 2009 to August 5, 2012, Memphis garnered eight 2010 Tony Award nominations, and won four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Orchestrations and Best Musical.

Set in the 1950s in the musically-rich Tennessee city, Memphis tells the story of a local DJ with a passion for R&B music and an up-and-coming singer that he meets one fateful night on Beale Street. As their careers rise, their relationship is challenged by personal ambition and the pressures and prejudice of the outside world.

From the first notes of its opening number “Underground” right up to a rousing finale called “Steal Your Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Memphis delivers one energetic song after the next, with electrifying singing and dancing along the way.

“When I first saw Memphis on Broadway, I couldn’t wait for the day we could tell this story on our stage,” said creative director Robert Hupp. “Imagine how pleased I was when the producers contacted us about creating one of the first regional theatre productions of Memphis in the country. It’s a story we all know; it’s the telling of it that will get you on your feet: brash and exciting with music and dancing that will reach and grab you from start to finish.”

Show times are Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., Sunday matinee performances at 2 p.m.

To get tickets or for more information, go to therep.org or call 501-378-0405.

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