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Book & Lyrics by Joe DiPietro
Music & Lyrics by David BryanSuzi Recommended
Based on a Concept by George W. George

Directed by Tom Key
Musical Direction by Ann-Carol Pence
Choreography by Waverly Lucas

The birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll in the South happened in Memphis but there is a lot more to this story than Graceland. Inspired by true events, pioneering disc jockey Huey Calhoun moves this iconic sound from radio to TV. Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical.

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Adult Situations, Violence

Running Time
Act I: 100 minutes; Act II: 60 minutes.
There is one 15-minute intermission.

MEMPHIS is a part of the

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July 23–August 30, 2015

Wednesday–Saturday at 8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday at 2:30pm
Tickets $30–$65

Wednesday Discount Matinees
August 12 & 19 at 10:00am
Tickets from $20

SOLD OUT on: 7/25 at 2:30p, 7/26, 8/2, 8/22 at 2:30p, 8/23, 8/26, 8/27, 8/28, 8/29 at 8:00pm, 8/30

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A Sneak Peek at MEMPHIS–The Trailer

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Wine Down Wednesdays

Wine Down Wednesday

The popular (and FREE) wine tasting in the lobby before ALL Wednesday evening performances from 6:30–8:00pm.

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(L–R) Tom Key, Waverly Lucas and Ann-Carol Pence; Photo by Chris Bartelski

(L–R) Tom Key, Waverly Lucas and Ann-Carol Pence; Photo by Chris Bartelski

5 Questions with the Memphis Triumvirate:
An Interview with Memphis Creative Team Tom Key, Ann-Carol Pence, and Waverly Lucas. Read the Interview


Community Conversation: “People Get Ready”
August 5, 2015 | 7:15-7:55pm

Music was instrumental in crafting the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and ‘60s in such a defining way that its threads can still be seen in contemporary music today. But what’s in a song? And why was music so integral to this movement? Aurora Theatre’s current production, Memphis, navigates the emergence of rock ‘n roll and R&B music in a time of great racial tension in the South, and is proving to be an altogether timely story considering the current racial issues plaguing our country in the present day. With music as our roadmap, what can we glean from decades gone by and apply to our current circumstances? What awareness and understanding can we mine in our history that can help contextualize and heal our present? Committed to making space for these kinds of conversations, Aurora will be hosting a Community Conversation entitled “People Get Ready: A Musical Journey Through Civil Rights” on Wednesday, August 5 from 7:15pm-7:55pm for patrons and community members. The event is free and open to the public even if you are not planning on attending the performance of Memphis that evening.

Moderated by Judith Service Montier, Vice President of Marketing for The National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Scheduled to appear are: Paula A Grissom, ABD, Instructor of Music and Spelman College; Dr. David Morrow, Professor and Director of the Glee Club at Morehouse College; Dr. Robert Tanner, II, Associate Professor of Music at Morehouse College; and Vernon P. Kimbro, Minister of Worship and the Arts at the historic Big Bethel AME Church.

Huey Calhoun Travis Smith*
Felicia Farrell Naima Carter Russell*
Mama (Gladys Calhoun) Megan McFarland*
Delray Jones Cecil Washington Jr*
Bobby Eric Moore*
Gator Eugene H. Russell IV*
Ensemble Bill Murphey*
Mr. Simmons Matt Lewis
Ensemble Fenner Eaddy
Ensemble Marcus Hopkins-Turner
Ensemble Brian Walker
Ensemble Benjamin D. Sims
Ensemble Skyler Brown
Ensemble Judith Franklin
Ensemble Xylina Stamper
 Ensemble Tina Fears
Ensemble India S. Tyree
Ensemble Caroline Arapoglou
Ensemble Rose Alexander
Ensemble Kathleen O’Hara
Ensemble Robby Owenby
Ensemble Greg Bosworth
Ensemble Edward McCreary
Production Staff
Producing Artistic Director Anthony P. Rodriguez
Associate Producer/Music Director Ann-Carol Pence
Associate Artistic Director Justin Anderson
Director Tom Key
Choreographer Waverly Lucas
Assistant to the Choreographer Brandy Carwile
AEA Stage Manager Katie Chambers*
Assistant Stage Manager Stephanie Nichols
Set Designer Shannon Robert
Lighting Designer Andre Allen
Master Electrician Kathleen Cole
Costume Designer Shilla Benning/Benning Costumes
Props Designer MC Park
Barber Chuck Barrow
Sound Designer Daniel Terry
Wig Designer Paula Renee
Company Manager Katie Pelkey
Technical Director Daniel Terry
Associate Technical Director Joel Schiebout
Scenic Painter Sarah Thomson
Sound Board Operator Jeffrey Millsaps
Follow Spot Operator Molly Huntington
Follow Spot Operator Lauren Robinson
Music Director/Keyboard Ann-Carol Pence
Percussion Mark Biering
Keyboard 2 Warren Lankford
Bass Elasah Rogers
Guitar (Electric and Acoustic) Melvin Jordan
Trumpet Scott Jones
Trombone Derrick Jackson
Reed 1 (Flute & Alto Sax) Charles Edwards
Reed 2  (Bass Clarinet, Baritone Sax, & Tenor Sax) Jason Passmore