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Mason Street Warehouse will open 15th season with “Memphis” June 23

Preview June 16, 2017 Encore Staff

SAUGATUCK—Mason Street Warehouse opens their 15th season with Memphis: the Musical June 23–July 9. Memphis is set in the places where rock and roll was born…underground nightclubs, radio stations, and recording studios of the 1950’s.

Romance sparks between a white radio DJ who wants to change the world, and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Lindsay Roberts plays the lead role of Felicia; Roberts made her Broadway National Tour debut with this role, and reprises the role for Mason Street Warehouse. Roberts’ Broadway credits include the role of Creole Love Call in After Midnight. David R. Gordon plays Huey Calhoun, loosely based on the late Memphis DJ “Daddy-O” Dewey Phillips — who gained a devoted multi-racial following by playing a mix of country, rhythm and blues, and the new rock ‘n’ roll on his “Red, Hot & Blue” radio show through most of the 1950s.

“We’re excited to celebrate our 15th Anniversary season with the largest production in Mason Street’s history,” said SCA Executive Director Kristin Armstrong. “Memphis has a cast of nineteen, and we’ve brought professional talent from New York City, Chicago, and across the country home to West Michigan for the production.”

Mason Street Artistic Director Kurt Stamm says that while the show is set in the 1950s, the story’s themes are fresh and relevant. The message of Memphis, The Musical is the power music has to unite people.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at sc4a.org, 269-857-2399, or at the box office.

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