Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Memphis is coming to Memphis

It is official: the new musical Memphis will launch its national tour at The Orpheum Theatre! This is exciting news for both The Orpheum and the city of Memphis!

The producers of the hit Broadway Musical Memphis announced today that the critically acclaimed production will launch its U.S. national tour in Memphis in October of 2011.

"On behalf of my producing partners, I am thrilled to announce that the national tour of Memphis will begin at the Orpheum. We couldn't be more excited to be kicking off the tour with our friends at the Orpheum," said Sue Frost, a producer of the show.

"This is a huge coup for Memphis!" said Pat Halloran, President and CEO of the Orpheum Theatre. "This is the first time a national tour or a Broadway show has been mounted in Memphis. In addition to the enormous economic impact, this project will provide our community yet another opportunity to take pride in our rich heritage and significant place in American music history."

Memphis takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50's, a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn't: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. Memphis is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever. For more information visit http://www.memphisthemusical.com/

Monday, March 29, 2010

A message from Neighborhood School

The Neighborhood School is a kindergarten through eighth grade Christian School for children who had no hope. Most students come from Binghampton with the largest number coming from Walnut Park, the housing project adjacent to the school. The goal of this school is to have children appreciate who they are while they succeed academically in school and live a meaningful life.

A few of the eighth graders were given tickets to come and see Alvin Ailey: American Dance Theatre here at the Orpheum. Here is a thank you note their teacher wrote us.

"Your generosity is humbling. I have been working with the children at the Neighborhood School since 2006 when they were bright eyed fourth graders. They are now eighth graders and are about to part ways and determine what impact they will have on our world. My goal has always been to help expand their horizons and help them dream big. Thanks to the Orpheum Theatre, the girls can now dream in vibrant and living color. They loved it! We loved it! And we love you! God bless."

The Orpheum Theatre impacts the lives of over 40,000 children and families each year with our seventeen Education Programs. Learn more about our programs here:

Thursday, March 18, 2010

A Year of Broadway

So our new Broadway Season was announced and includes a lot of really great and highly diverse Broadway shows. We have shows that range from huge Broadway hits (Wicked), to witty, sarcastic shows (Spamalot, Young Frankenstein) to family shows great for kids and adults alike (Shrek, Beauty and the Beast), as well as brand new shows that just left the big ole city of New York (9 to 5).

The 2010-2011 Broadway Season Line Up includes:
The Color Purple - August 24-29, 2010
An inspiring family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman who-through love-finds strength to triumph over adversity

WICKED - October 13-31, 2010
The story of how two unlikely friends end up as the Wicked Witch of the West and the other as the Good Witch - the untold story.

9 to 5 - November 2-7, 2010
A hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winning songwriter Dolly Parton.

Dream Girls - November 30-December 5, 2010
The musical that shows what comes with the dream of making it big in show business-heartache, triumphs, breakups and love.

Shrek - January 18-23, 2011
Based on the Oscar winning Dream Works film that started it all, Shrek brings the hilarious story of every one's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on stage.

Young Frankenstein - March 8-13, 2011
A wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks' classic comedy masterpiece.

Spamalot - May 6-8, 2011
Taken from the classic film comedy of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the musical tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table.

Beauty and the Beast - June 14-19, 2011
Tony Award winner for Best Musical, it tells the story of Belle and the Beast based off of Disney's animated feature.

This next season is going to be great. Visit our website for more information and about Season Tickets http://www.orpheum-memphis.com/