Memphis

The Charleston Light Opera Guild will present Memphis: The Musical on April 24-25 and May 1-2, 8-9 at 7:30 PM with a matinee on May 3 at 2:00 PM at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center Little Theater.

Memphis is set in the places where rock and roll was born in the 1950s: the seedy nightclubs, radio stations and recording studios of the musically-rich Tennessee city. With an original score, it tells the fictional story of DJ Huey Calhoun, a good ole' local boy with a passion for R&B (loosely based on Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips, one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s) and Felicia Farrell, an up-and-coming black singer that he meets one fateful night on Beale Street. Despite the objections of their loved ones (Huey's close-minded Mama and Felicia's cautious brother, a club owner), they embark on a dangerous romance as Huey optimistically believes music can transcend race.

Memphis played on Broadway from 2009 thru 2012 with music and lyrics by David Bryan, former keyboard player for Bon Jovi and lyrics and book by Joe DiPietro, playwright and lyricist for the long-running off-Broadway show I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. Memphis won four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The musical explores the power of music to break barriers in an era of segregation.

CAST

Huey Calhoun

Cameron Burford

Felicia

Tatyana Tolliver Hughes

Delray

Kevin Hardy

Bobby / Wailin' Joe / Dancer

Edward Frederick

Gladys

Doria Loftis

Gator / Trio / Dancer

Tyrek Saunders

Mr. Simmons

Kennie Bass

Trio / Singer / Dancer

Cameran Macklin

Trio / Singer / Dancer

William Gammon

Teen Girl / Dancer

Sophia Pratt

Mr. Collins / Buck Wiley / Stage Manager

Horace Emery

Disc Jockey / Rev. Hobson

Samuel W. Crosby, Jr.

DJ / Frank Dryer / Grant / Station Manager

Clint Thomas

Station Manager 2 / Martin / Dancer

Michael Edens

Customer / Father / Station Manager 3

Jacob Glaspell

Felicia's Backup Singer / Choir

Aletha A. Helm

Felicia's Backup Singer / Choir

Tierah Williams

Felicia's Backup Singer / Dancer

Angel Allison

Perry Como / Singer / Dancer

Scott Jarrell

Customer / Teen / TV Crew

Gavyn Siebanoller

Clerk Clara / Mother / TV Crew

Nina Surbaugh

Singer / Dancer

Emma Alley

Singer / Dancer

Kadaysa Davis

Singer / Dancer

Cedric Haynes

Singer / Dancer

Kate Jordan

Singer / Dancer

Sarah King

Singer / Dancer

Hannah O'Brien

Singer / Dancer

Grace Walker-Matthews

Singer / Dancer

Dakoda Whitestone

Singer / Dancer

Mark Worlledge

DIRECTION

Director/Choreographer

Nina Denton Pasinetti

Musical Director/Conductor

Bobby Hodges, Jr.

Accompanist

John Patrick