- $19 for one ticket to Memphis (up to $58 value)
- Where: State Theatre
- Seating: gallery or mid- or upper-balcony
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
- Friday, February 7, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, February 8, at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, February 8, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Huey Calhoun is an impoverished, illiterate white man in the 1950s South. Despite racial stigmas, he finds his passion in the city's black nightclubs, falling in love with both the music and Felicia, the sister of one of the club owners ("The Music of My Soul"). When his irrepressible personality and protagonist's duty to advance the plot land him a DJ gig at a local radio station, he instantly begins promoting black music, earning himself wild popularity with the young crowds and a neat catch phrase, "Hockadoo!" ("Everybody Wants to be Black on Saturday Night"). With so much influence over the area's ears, he is able to boost the career of Felicia, beginning a love affair between the two that the local population refuses to accept. Despite their setbacks, Huey and Felicia earn national attention, but under the spotlight they're forced to test the importance of their principles ("Stand Up").
Netting four Tony awards during its Broadway run, including Best Score and Best Musical, Memphis features show-stopping tunes strengthened by the melodic might of David Bryan, the Grammy-winning keyboardist and founding member of Bon Jovi. Joining Bryan behind the scenes is Joe Dipietro, whose writing for Memphis earned him two Tonys and prompted the New York Post to call the show "a zippy, exuberant musical."
The State Theatre was saved, as its website states, from "the ravages of time." Built in 1921 as a vaudeville and silent-film palace, the venue fell on hard times in the 1970s when disco balls replaced light fixtures. In 2003, however, a $3 million renovation restored the State Theatre to much of its original glory, as crews painstakingly rehabbed the ornamental plaster, terracotta exterior, and actor holding cells. Inside the theater, a stunning chandelier sparkles more brightly than ever below the venue's signature dome.
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