|Huey Calhoun. Photo credit: Kyle Forman|
Did you know ...
- Huey is only offstage for 10 minutes during the show, mostly during the opening number.
- The music of Memphis is written by Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan.
- Each woman in the cast wears 3 wigs – their microphone packs are hidden underneath them on top of their heads.
- They do 6-10 loads of laundry a day for the show.
- The radio station call letters mean something to the authors. WLXQ stands for David Bryan's wife, Lexi Quass; WDBJ is a combo of David Bryan and Joe DiPietro and WSAL is in honor of David's childhood friend, Sal the cop.
- Sal also appears as a character in Toxic Avenger, another musical written by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan.
- Mama's first name is Gladys, though it never is spoken onstage.
- “Music of my Soul” was the first song written by David Bryan and remains largely unchanged from its first version 9 years ago.
- 1300 people participated in the flash mob; 15 NYC schools were represented. It took 3 teaching artists one month to teach all of the students the choreography.
- Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Best Original Score (Bon Jovi’s David Bryan and Joe DiPietro), Best Book (Joe DiPietro) and Best Orchestrations (David Bryan and Daryl Waters).
- Also the winner of four Drama Desk Awards® (including Best Musical) and four Outer Critics Circle Awards® (including Best Musical).
- Show description: Memphis takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated '50s, a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn't: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. Memphis is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever.