FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(Northport, NY- March 2016) – The John W. Engeman Theater announces the cast and creative team for MEMPHIS. Performances begin on Thursday, March 24 at 8:00pm and run through May 8, 2016.
Inspired by true events from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, MEMPHIS follows the fame and forbidden love of a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, MEMPHIS is filled with laughter, emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll, and features a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) and a Tony-winning score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan.
MEMPHIS is produced by RICHARD T. DOLCE the Engeman Theater’s Producing Artistic Director.
The Creative Team is IGOR GOLDIN, Director (Engeman Theater: West Side Story, The Producers, Evita, The Music Man, Twelve Angry Men and South Pacific. Off Broadway: YANK!, With Glee, A Ritual of Faith, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Crossing Swords. Regional: Molly Sweeney, Learning How to Drown; An Irish Musical, Crossing Swords and Tick, Tick…BOOM!); ANTOINETTE DIPIETROPOLO, Choreographer (Engeman Theater: Miracle on 34th Street, The Producers, A Christmas Story, Evita!, The Music Man, South Pacific, Hairspray, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change and Nunsense. Off Broadway: With Glee. Regional: Annie, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Ragtime. National Tour: How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Associate Director/Choreographer for The Big Apple Circus.) and JAMES OLMSTEAD, Musical Director (Engeman Theater: West Side Story, The Producers, A Chorus Line, Evita. Broadway: Radio City’s New York Spring Spectacular (Keyboardist), On Your Feet! (Copyist). Off Broadway Music Director: 54 Below/Feinstein’s Broadway Swinger, Birdland’s BAA 10th Anniversary Concert, Laurie Beechman’s Perfectly Complicated. Off Broadway Synth Programmer: Fun Home. Composer: Mambo Italiano, Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist.)
The Creative Team also includes: DT WILLIS (Scenic Design), TRISTAN RAINES (Costume Design), CORY PATTAK (Lighting Design), LAURA SHUBERT (Sound Design), LEAH LOUKAS (Hair & Wig Design), GAYLE SEAY and SCOTT WOJCIK of WOJCIK/SEAY CASTING (Casting Directors), KRISTIE MOSCHETTA (Props Design), TREY COMPTON (Assistant Director and Fight Choreographer), DENISE WILCOX (Production Stage Manager), and MEGAN E. COUTTS (Assistant Stage Manager).
The cast of MEMPHIS features CARSON HIGGINS as Huey Calhoun (National Tour: Green Day’s American Idiot (St. Jimmy). Regional: Memphis (Huey), Little Shop of Horrors (Orin). TV: American Idol Season 10) and BREANNA BARTLEY as Felicia Farrell (NY Theater: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Regional: Dreamgirls (Michelle), Memphis (Felicia), Annie (Grace), and In the Heights).
MEMPHIS also features: JARRED BEDGOOD (Gator), C. MINGO LONG (Delray), KATHRYN MARKEY (Gladys), DAVID McDONALD (Mr. Simmons), and ARTHUR L. ROSS (Bobby).
The cast also includes: TONY CHIOFALO, JESSICA CRILLEY, MARISSA GIRGUS, TATIANA GREEN, CHAVON HAMPTON, JENNY L. HARVEY, BRANDON HEYWARD, MICHAL KOLACZKOSKIZ, KATIE LOMBARDO, SUZANNE MASON, IVORY MCKAY, CHRIS MEDLIN, BRANDON RIDDLE, and ALEC VARCAS.
Press Opening is Saturday, March 26 at 8:00 pm
MEMPHIS will play the following performance schedule: Thursdays at 8:00pm, Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00. Some Wednesday and Sunday evenings are available. Tickets are $74 on Saturday evenings, $69 all other performances and may be purchased by calling (631) 261-2900, going online at EngemanTheater.com, or by visiting the Engeman Theater Box Office at 250 Main Street, Northport. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.
The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport is Long Island’s only year round professional theater company, casting actors from the Broadway talent pool. From curb to curtain, we have made it our business to provide affordable, quality, theater in an elegant one-of-a-kind location with outstanding facilities and extraordinary service. The renovated Theater offers stadium-style seating, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, a full orchestra pit, and a classic wood-paneled piano lounge with full bar.
For a complete show schedule and more information contact the theater directly at 631-261-2900, visit the box office at 250 Main Street, Northport or visit www.EngemanTheater.com