CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 16, 2015 – Tennessee meets Missouri when “Memphis” arrives at 7:30 p.m. March 30 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tenn., comes a hot new Broadway musical with a brand-new story to tell. Direct from its smash hit Broadway run and triumphant 55-city North America Tour, this award-winning musical comes to Cape Girardeau for just one night.
“When I first saw this show on Broadway a few years ago I didn’t know too much about it. I like the feeling of going to see something totally new to me without preconceived notions. It was an amazing evening of not only theatre, but of fantastic music as well. Literally, from the first moment the curtain raised, the music exploded off the stage. It is almost impossible to be disappointed with this show,” said Bob Cerchio, assistant director of Southeast’s Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts.
Unprecedented in the entertainment industry, “Memphis” was declared “Best Musical” three times with a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics’ Circle Award.
This hit Broadway Musical showcases the non-stop, electrifying birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll in the 1950s, the fantastic music that started it all.
In the underground nightclubs of 1950s Memphis, the soul of a new era is dawning as the first incredible sounds of rock ‘n’ roll, blues and gospel are emerging into the mainstream.
Falling in love with a beautiful club singer, one young man’s vision to bring her voice and her music out of the clubs and onto the airwaves of America will fly in the face of cultural divides and spark a music revolution that will shake the world.
Starring the Queen of British Soul, multi-award-winning recording artist Beverley Knight of The Bodyguard, with original songs by Grammy winner and Bon Jovi co-founder David Bryan, and a gripping true-life inspired story from writer Joe DiPietro, Memphis will leave audiences exhilarated by its explosive blend of electrifying music, soaring emotion and roof-raising energy.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampusEvents.com.