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Memphis

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. With an original score, it tells the fictional story of DJ Huey Calhoun, a good ole’ local boy with a passion for R&B music and Felicia Farrell, an up-and-coming black singer that he meets one fateful night on Beale Street. Despite the objections of their loved ones (Huey’s close-minded mama and Felicia’s cautious brother, a club owner), they embark on a dangerous affair. As their careers rise, the relationship is challenged by personal ambition and the pressures of an outside world unable to accept their love.

Book and Lyrics by JOE DIPIETRO

Music and Lyrics by DAVID BRYAN

Based on a Concept by GEORGE W. GEORGE

“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 www.theatricalrights.com

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Dates & Times

Auditions

Show Date Show Time
Friday, July 26th, 2019 7:00 PM
Saturday, July 27th, 2019 7:00 PM
Friday, August 2nd, 2019 7:00 PM
Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 7:00 PM
Sunday, August 4th, 2019 2:00 PM
Friday, August 9th, 2019 7:00 PM
Saturday, August 10th, 2019 7:00 PM
Sunday, August 11th, 2019 2:00 PM
Friday, August 16th, 2019 7:00 PM
Saturday, August 17th, 2019 7:00 PM
Sunday, August 18th, 2019 2:00 PM

What: Open auditions for Memphis, Book by Joe Dipietro, Music & Lyrics by David Bryan, at Connecticut Theatre Company

When: 5/5/19 & 5/6/19 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: The Repertory Theatre | 23 Norden Street | New Britain, CT 06051

Run Dates: 7/26/19-8/18/19

Audition Preparation: All roles are open. Looking for a very diverse cast. Actors will be seen in order of arrival. Prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theatre song in the style of the show. Please bring sheet music in your key, your resume and a headshot if you have one. An accompanist will be provided. A call back audition, if needed, will be held on May 8, 6:30 to 8:30pm. Those auditioners who the director wishes to see further will be invited to the call back audition. Age ranges listed are stage ages. Some roles may be doubled. If you have any questions, please email us at info@connecticuttheatrecompany.org.

Character Breakdown:

Huey: (Caucasian, Plays 20-35) Our frenzied, bombastic, motor-mouthed hero who talks his way into becoming a DJ at a local “white” radio station, ignores race barriers and eventually falls in love with Felicia, a talented black singer, which causes a whole new set of problems for him in segregated Memphis. (Vocal range: tenor with a great feel for pop/rock/r&b styles, C3-B4)

Felicia: (African-American, Plays 20-35) Beautiful, wide-eyed, and a fiercely gifted singer, follows her heart and falls in love with Huey, despite knowing deep down that a relationship between a white man and a black woman in prejudiced Memphis is doomed. (Vocal range: high R&B belt voice, G3-A5)

Delray: (African-American, Plays 35-45), Felicia’s older brother who owns the club on Beale Street where she sings, realistic, cautious, protective, and aware of the realities of the segregation that exists in Memphis and the world beyond. (Vocal range: baritenor with a great pop/rock/R&B voice, Bb2-Bb4)

Gladys: (Caucasian, Plays 45-65) Excellent actor with comic skills, Huey’s stern, traditional blue-collar, southern mother who has worked her entire life to be able to support herself and her son, who she loves, but about whom she constantly worries. (Vocal range: strong singer with alto-belt mix, B3-A5)

Gator: (African-American, Plays 35-45), works as a bartender at Delray’s, hasn’t spoken since age 5, when he saw his father killed, as the story progresses, he finds his voice again, must be an excellent actor and singer and move well, comic timing a plus. (Vocal Range: great R&B baritenor, F#3-A4)

Bobby: (African-American, Plays 20-35) The janitor at Mr. Simmons’s radio station, full of personality and heart, role requires an actor who must dance well, as the character has a dance break in his show-stopping number “Big Love,” comic skills a plus. (Vocal range: great gospel voice, G3-C5)

Mr. Simmons: (Caucasian, Plays 40-60) The conservative owner of the radio station where Huey gets his start, a strong, southern, commanding businessman who becomes willing to take a chance on Huey when he realizes the audience Huey reaches and the money he can command. (Great actor who is comfortable singing.)

ENSEMBLE (19):
Wailin Joe/Beale Street Singer-Dancer: (African-American, Plays 20-40), Wailin’ Joe sings “Scratch My Itch” and is featured in both Act 1 and Act 2, must also dance very well; covers the principal roles of Delray and Bobby. (Vocal Range: excellent tenor voice, Eb3-Gb5)

Main Street Actor-Singer: (Caucasian, Plays 40-60) to play Mr. Collins, a department store owner, and Gordon Grant, a record company executive, and perform in the ensemble; dance ability a plus, but not necessary. (Vocal Range: Baritenor)

Felicia Cover/Beale Street Singer-Dancer: (African-American, Plays 20-30) Must be a good dancer; covers the principal role of Felicia. (Vocal Range: excellent high belt voice)

Main Street Male Dancer-Singers/Huey Cover (4): (Caucasian, Plays 20-30) Excellent dancers with great pop/rock/crooner voices; comic ability and tumbling a plus; one of these actors will cover the lead role of Huey. (Vocal Range: Tenor and Baritenor)

Main Street Female Dancer-Singers (3): (Chorus / Ensemble: Caucasian, to play teenagers – 30 for different roles) excellent dancers, great singers, “Double Dutch” experience a plus. (Vocal Range: pop/rock/R&B belters)

Beale Street Male Dancer-Singers (4): (Chorus / Ensemble: African American, to play teenagers) excellent dancers with great R&B/rock voices; comic abilities, partnering, and tumbling a plus. (Vocal Range: (Baritenors/tenors B2-B4)

Beale Street Female Dancer-Singers (5): (Chorus / Ensemble: African-American, to play teenagers) excellent dancers, great soulful R&B/rock voices, athletic and fierce, comic ability and partnering a plus, “Double Dutch” experience a plus. (Vocal Range: (altos/sopranos A3-A5)