Forbidden love, electrifying music come to Harris Center

Huey and Felicia defy tradition and expectations in “Memphis.” Courtesy photo

Critically acclaimed “Memphis” won four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score (David Bryan and Joe DiPietro), four Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Music (David Bryan) and four Outer Critic Circle Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Score and Outstanding Choreography (Sergio Trujillo).

Now this multi-award winning production is making a limited stop at Harris Center for the Arts.

“Memphis” takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 1950s, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer named Felicia. “Memphis” is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice and the music changed forever. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves — filled with laughter, vibrant choreography and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll.

The Associated Press raves, “Take a deep breath as the curtain rises because the exuberance doesn’t stop!”

Adam Arian re-created the original direction by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (“Xanadu”) and Jermaine Rembert re-created the original choreography by Sergio Trujillo (“Jersey Boys”).

The show features a 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”).

Scenic design for “Memphis” is by Tony Award-winner David Gallo (“The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Reasons to Be Pretty”); costume design is by Tony nominee Paul Tazewell (“In the Heights”); lighting design is by Tony Award-winner Howell Binkley (“Jersey Boys”); and sound design is by Shannon Slaton.

“Memphis” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 23; 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 24; 1;30 p.m. (open captioned performance) and 7 p.m. (sign-interpreted performance) on Sunday, May 25. Tickets are $45 to $65 with premium seats available for $75. Tickets are available online at harriscenter.net or from Harris Center ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.

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