Joey Elrose on Singing the Rockin' Memphis Score and the Show’s Relevant Message

The Tony Award-winning Memphis rolls into Austin’s Bass Concert Hall on December 10, starring Joey Elrose as Huey Calhoun. As the bold radio DJ who introduces “race music” to the mainstream in the 1950s, Elrose feels right at home singing the show’s rock ‘n’ roll score.

“I love singing in this rock style,” Elrose says of David Bryan and Joe DiPietro’s score. “Digging into these great lyrics is so freeing and energizing. This show is a great mix of R&B, gospel, pop, jazz and rock.”

Through the Tony-winning score, Memphis tells the story of Huey’s persistence in sharing the music he loves, and his forbidden relationship with Felicia, a beautiful black singer he sets on the path to stardom.

“Audiences will naturally love the great rock ‘n’ roll music and they will laugh at the funny lines, but I think the message is what stands out,” Elrose says. “Memphis is about equality and tolerance for all people. We deal specifically with race because it was a part of our history. However, the struggles are still relevant. I hope audiences leave with the songs in their heads, a smile of their faces, and a great message in their hearts.”

Elrose is joined on stage by Jasmin Richardson as Felicia, RaMond Thomas as Delray, Jerrial T. Young as Bobby, Avionce Hoyles as Gator, Pat Sibley as Mama and D. Scott Withers as Mr. Simmons. Memphis will play Austin through December 15.

Presented by Texas Performing Arts. Broadway Across America provides production services for Texas Performing Arts.
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