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Music and Lyrics by David Bryan, lyrics and book by Joe DiPietro


Memphis is loosely based on the first white DJ to play black music in the 1950s, Dewey (Daddy-O) Phillips. In spite of the barriers of prejudice and oppression, Phillips and the phenomenal talent he featured on his radio show sing, play and dance in the raucous birth of rock and roll. Filled with high-energy numbers, this musical won four 2010 Tony awards, including Best Musical.


Cast List:

Huey Calhoun - Jake Fava

Felicia Farrell - Zoe Branch

Delray Jones/Be Black Trio - Prince Robertson

Gladys (Mama) - Jenny Gleason

Bobby - Joe Jeffries

Gator/Be Black Trio - Preston Roseborough

Mr. Simmons - Peter Barrett

Wailin Jo/Someday Backup Singer - J'Lyn Hope

Someday Backup Singer/DoubleDutch/Ensemble - Chrissy Mauck

Someday Backup Singer/Ensemble - Madelyn Childress

Double Dutch/Ensemble - Alahna Van Matre

Black DJ/Be Black Trio/Reverend Hobson - Rijaal Akbar

White Mother/Ensemble - Liz Martin

Teenager/Ensemble - Emma Loewenstein

Perry Como/Frank Dryer/Brawler/Ensemble - Quinton Ohlsson

Buck Wiley/Martin Holton/Ensemble - Ray Essick

White DJ/Mr. Collins/White Father/Gordon Grant/Ensemble - Shane Coats

Brawler/Ensemble - Parker Evans

Clara/Ensemble - Megan Spinella

Ethel/Ensemble - Olivia Nelshoppen

Ensemble - Terron Miller

Ensemble  - Grace Wilson-Danenhower

Ensemble - Estella Samii

Ensemble - Janhavi Kolhe

Ensemble - Remy Saymiknha



April 5, 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7:30pm

April 15, 22 at 3pm


The Harold and Jean Miner Theatre


Ticket pricing:

Adult $16

Student/Senior $14

Youth $10

Group (20 or more) $12


Opening night is half-price night


Reserve your tickets here.


If you find ahead of time that you are unable to honor your reservation, please send us an email at or leave a message at 217/351-2528. With enough notice, we can sell your tickets to other patrons. Otherwise, if you're a "no-show" Parkland Theatre loses the chance for that ticket income.


Memphis is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10036. (866) 378-9758


To request disability-related accommodations, please contact Parkland Theatre at or call 351-2528. Two weeks notice is required.

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