August 2-September 2, 2018
Thursdays-Sundays at 8:30pm

Music & Lyrics by David Bryan
Book & Lyrics by Joe DePietro
Based on a concept by George W. George


The Show

From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee comes the Tony Award-winning musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs, and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love.

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. One fateful night on Beale Street, white radio DJ Huey Calhoun—a good ole’ local boy with a passion for R&B music—meets Felicia Farrell, an up-and-coming black singer who is ready for her big break. Despite the objections of their loved ones, the two embark on a dangerous affair. But as their careers rise, the relationship is challenged by personal ambition and the pressures of an outside world unable to accept their love.

Inspired by actual events, Memphis is filled with laughter, soaring emotion, and an original roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll score by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. The show won four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Rated PG13.
Parental discretion is always advised. Parents/guardians should determine beforehand whether the subject matter is appropriate.

Directed by Darnell Patrick Morris
Musical Direction by Chris Pinder
Choreography by TBD

Darnell Patrick Morris is excited to return back to Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre for his 6th summer and after last summer’s production of In the Heights. Darnell is the Founder & Producing Artistic Director of Ovations Theatre, one of the leading Educational Theatre Programs in the MD/DC/VA area. Darnell has been a Director, Choreographer and Theatre Educator in the Washington, DC area for the past decade. His students have been seen on Broadway as well as many local professional stages including Signature Theatre, Arena Stage, Olney Theatre Centre, ATMTC, Wooly Mammoth and Ford’s Theatre.

Select Directing Credits –

  • Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre: In The Heights, Into the Woods, Avenue Q, Hairspray, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
  • Ovations Theatre: Parade, Heathers, Hairspray Jr, Sunday in The Park With George, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr, Spring Awakening, Rent, Into The Woods Jr, Sweeney Todd, and Seussical Jr.
  • Stillpointe Theatre: Caroline or Change.
  • Kensington Arts Theatre: Les Miserables, Ragtime, Jekyll & Hyde, The Rocky Horror Show.

Earlier this year Darnell was selected as one of 6 up-and-coming DC area directors to participate in Signature Theatre’s Musical Theatre Young Directors’ Workshop. Upcoming shows include The Addams Family, Gypsy, Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party, and Carrie the Musical.

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