The "Great White Way" comes to the red rocks when the Sedona International Film Festival kicks off its "Direct from Broadway" series with the big-screen debut of the Tony Award-winning musical "Memphis", premiering Oct. 11-12. The production premieres in high definition at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical and a 2012 Primetime Emmy Award, "Memphis" lit the stage of Broadway's legendary Shubert Theatre for nearly 1,200 performances.
"Memphis" takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50's, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun (Chad Kimball) fell in love with everything he shouldn't: Rock and roll and an electrifying black singer (Montego Glover). "Memphis" is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever. Bursting off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love, this incredible journey is filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll.
"Memphis" features a Tony-winning score with music by Bon Jovi's founding member and keyboardist David Bryan and lyrics by Bryan and Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change),who also pens the musical's Tony-winning book. "Memphis" is based on a concept by the late George W. George (producer of the Tony nominated Bedroom Farce and the film My Dinner With Andre), with direction by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, Jersey Boys, Next to Normal and The Addams Family).
Audiences and critics have raved about "Memphis", including Charles Isherwood of The New York Times who declared, "David Bryan evokes the power-house funk of James Brown, the hot guitar riffs of Chuck Berry, the smooth harmonies of the Temptations, the silken, bouncy pop of the great girl groups of the period." The New York Post raved, "Of such thrills, Broadway is made," Newsday called the show "A smash! An extraordinary show," and the Daily News promised that "Memphis" will "Blast you out the door humming and happy."
"Memphis" will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Friday, Oct. 11 at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival members. Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office or by calling 282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.