Wednesday, October 05, 2011


Four-Time Tony® Award-Winner
including 2010 Tony® Award For Best Musical


Shimmies and Shakes its way to the
Toronto Centre for the Arts, December 6-24, 2011


MEMPHIS, the 2010 Tony® Award-Winner for Best Musical, and the show that's currently blowing the roof off Broadway, begins performances at the Toronto Centre for the Arts on December 6, 2011, for a very limited engagement!

"Dancap Productions has been a huge supporter of the Tony-winning MEMPHIS since day one", stated Aubrey Dan, President of Dancap Productions and Producer of MEMPHIS. "I have always believed that love is the great equalizer, and at the heart of MEMPHIS, amidst all the spectacular singing and dancing, is the universal story that love conquers all. I am thrilled to be working again with the writing duo of David Bryan and Joe DiPietro, and our very own Canadian choreographer Sergio Trujillo, but I am most excited for Toronto audiences to experience this exuberant musical."

MEMPHIS takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50s, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun falls 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.

MEMPHIS is an incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves -- filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll.

The show features a brand new Tony winning score with music by Bon Jovi's founding member and keyboardist, David Bryan, with lyrics by Bryan and Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change), who also pens the musical's book. Bryan and DiPietro also collaborated on the award-winning off-Broadway hit, The Toxic Avenger.

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, who is currently represented by three shows on Broadway (Memphis, Jersey Boys and The Addams Family).

Critically acclaimed, MEMPHIS won four 2010 Tony® Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book, and Best Orchestrations.

won four Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Performance by an Actress (Montego Glover), Outstanding Music (David Bryan) and Outstanding Orchestration (David Bryan and Daryl Waters).

MEMPHIS has also won four Outer Critic Circle Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Score (David Bryan & Joe DiPietro), Outstanding Actress (Montego Glover) and Outstanding Choreography (Sergio Trujillo).

David Richardson of WOR Radio calls MEMPHIS "The biggest hit on Broadway", while Charles Isherwood of the New York Times says, "David Bryan evokes the powerhouse funk of James Brown, the hot guitar riffs of Chuck Berry, the smooth harmonies of the Temptations, and the silken, bouncy pop of the great girl groups of the period." The New York Post raves "Of such thrills, Broadway is made". Newsday calls the show "A smash! An extraordinary show". The Daily News promises that MEMPHIS will "Blast you out the door humming and happy" and NY1's Roma Torre cheers, "MEMPHIS ROCKS!"

Scenic Design for MEMPHIS is by Tony® Award winner David Gallo (The Drowsy Chaperone, Reasons to Be Pretty), Costume Design is by Tony nominee Paul Tazewell (In The Heights), Lighting Design is by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (Jersey Boys) and Sound Design is by Ken Travis (The Threepenny Opera).

Launched in 2007 by Aubrey Dan, DANCAP PRODUCTIONS INC. is a Tony Award®-winning commercial theatre company based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. DANCAP is dedicated to producing and presenting the very best of Broadway-style theatre, created in collaboration with acclaimed artists and award-winning creative teams. Current Broadway shows with producing and investment credits include: The Addams Family, Memphis and Jersey Boys. International and past Broadway credits include: Ghost the Musical, Wicked, Come Fly Away, Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll, [Title of Show], Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, West Side Story, A Little Night Music, In The Heights and Jersey Boys: the First National Tour, productions in Las Vegas, the West End, Sydney, and the record-breaking run in Toronto.

Dancap Productions Inc.


Book by Joe DiPietro
Music David Bryan
Directed by Christopher Ashley
Choreography by Sergio Trujillo

Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street
December 6-24, 2011

Opening Night: Wednesday, December 7 @ 7:30pm.

Tuesday - Saturday @ 7:30pm; Saturday and Sunday @ 2pm
Wednesday, December 7; Tuesday, December 11;
Thursday, December 22, and Friday, December 23 @ 2pm
Saturday, December 24 @ 1pm

Ticket prices range from $51-$180 and can be purchased online at
or call 416.644.3665 or toll-free 1.866.950.7469
For groups of 12 or more, call 416.644.3666 or toll free at 1.866.960.7469

Official tour website:

Media Contacts:

FLIP Publicity & Promotions Inc.
Grant Ramsay, 416.533.7710 X 222,
Carrie Sager, 416.533.7710 X 224,

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