IN STORES JANUARY 24, 2012 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY
Los Angeles, CA and New York , NY ““ November XX, 2011 ““ Broadway’s Tony Award ® winning smash hit musical MEMPHIS, will be released on Blu-rayâ„¢, DVD and digital download on January 24th by Shout! Factory, in association with Broadway Worldwide. Featuring the original Broadway cast, MEMPHIS is the first Best Musical Tony Award ® winner to be captured and exhibited while continuing to run very successfully on Broadway and on national tour. Special Features include “Behind The Scenes: How Memphis Was Captured.”
Broadway Worldwide produced the high definition presentation, capturing the original Broadway cast live in performance at the Shubert Theatre including Tony ® nominees Chad Kimball, and Montego Glover, Derrick Baskin, J. Bernard Calloway, James Monroe Iglehart, Michael McGrath and Cass Morgan. Broadway Worldwide is led by executive producer Bruce Brandwen, with director Don Roy King and sound producer Matt Kaplowitz.
MEMPHIS takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50’s, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell 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. Bursting off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love, this incredible journey is filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll.
The show features a brand new Tony ® winning score with 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. Bryan and DiPietro also collaborated on the award-winning off-Broadway hit, The Toxic Avenger. MEMPHIS is based on a concept by the late George W. George (producer of the Tony nominated Bedroom Farce and the film My Dinner With Andre), with direction by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) and choreography by Sergio Trujillo, (Jersey Boys, Next to Normal ). Critically acclaimed MEMPHIS was the winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score (David Bryan and Joe DiPietro), Best Book (Joe DiPietro), and Best Orchestrations (David Bryan and Daryl Waters).
MEMPHIS is produced on Broadway by Junkyard Dog Productions, Barbara and Buddy Freitag and Kenny and Marleen Alhadeff with Latitude Link, Jim and Susan Blair, Demos Bizar Entertainment, Land Line Productions, Apples and Oranges Productions, Dave Copley, Dancap Productions, Inc., Alex and Katya Lukianov, Tony Ponturo, 2 Guys Productions, and Richard Winkler in association with Lauren Doll, Eric and Marsi Gardiner, Linda and Bill Potter, Broadway Across America, Jocko Productions, Patty Baker, Dan Frishwasser, Bob Bartner/Scott and Kaylin Union, Loraine Boyle/Chase Mishkin, Remmel T. Dickinson/Memphis Orpheum Group and ShadowCatcher Entertainment/Vijay and Sita Vashee.
Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.78:1)
DTS 5.1 Master Audio ““ Dolby Digital 5.1 (on Blu-ray)
Behind The Scenes: How Memphis Was Captured
MEMPHIS TOUR DATES
More information available at www.memphisthemusical.com
Memphis, TN October 14 ““ 23
Houston, TX October 25 ““ 30
Tulsa, OK November 1 ““ 6
Oklahoma City, OK November 8 ““ 13
Nashville, TN November 15 – 20
Chicago, IL November 22 ““ December 4
Toronto, ON December 6 ““ 24
Pittsburgh, PA December 27 ““ January 1
Charlotte, NC January 3-8
Hartford, CT January 10-15
Philadelphia, PA January 17-22
Durham, NC January 24-29
Atlanta, GA January 31 ““ February 5
Clearwater, FL February 7-12
Naples, FL February 14-19
Greenville, SC February 21-26
Cleveland, OH February 28 ““ March 11
St. Paul, MN March 13 ““ 25
East Lansing, MI March 27 ““ April 1
Baltimore, MD April 3 ““ 8
Hershey, PA April 10-15
Schenectady, NY April 17 ““ 22
Des Moines, IA April 24 ““ 29
St. Louis, MO May 1 ““ 13
Dallas, TX May 15 ““ 27
Columbus, OH May 29 ““ June 3
Buffalo, NY June 5 ““ 10
Washington DC June 12 ““ July 1
Kansas City, MO July 10 ““ July 15
Las Vegas, NV July 17 ““ 22
San Diego, CA July 24 ““ 29
Los Angeles, CA July 31 ““ August 1
About Broadway Worldwide
Broadway Worldwide was established as the first-to-market in the high definition, surround sound production and worldwide distribution of Broadway musicals captured live-in-performance for digital cinema, DVD/Blu-rayâ„¢ and television. To date, Broadway Worldwide has captured and distributed, DIRECT FROM BROADWAY ®, Best Musical Tony ® winner MEMPHIS, Broadway’s longest running musical revue, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE THE SONGS OF LEIBER AND STOLLER, Stephen Sondheim’s PUTTING IT TOGETHER A MUSICAL REVIEW starring Carol Burnett and JEKYLL & HYDE THE MUSICAL starring David Hasselhoff.
About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory is a diversified entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their careers sharing their music, television and film faves with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD offerings serve up classic, contemporary and cult TV series, riveting sports programs, live music, animation and documentaries in lavish packages crammed with extras. The company’s audio catalogue boasts Grammy ®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. These riches are the result of a creative acquisitions mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica , California . For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.