Broadway Musical is a Winner

Posted on 4/29/2015 1:26:34 PM

Broadway’s award-winning hit Memphis the Musical comes to IUP’s Performing Arts Center on Monday, May 4, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. Since opening in 2010, it has received some of theater’s highest honors.

In 2010, Memphis was nominated for eight Tony Awards and won awards for:

  • Best Musical
  • Best Original Score
  • Best Book
  • Best Orchestrations

Memphis the Musical was also nominated for seven Drama Desk Awards in 2010. The Drama Desk Awards have been presented annually since 1955 to recognize excellence in New York theater productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway. Memphis was nominated for five awards, winning three:

  • Outstanding Musical
  • Outstanding Music
  • Outstanding Orchestrations

This year, the production opened a new production in London’s famous West End and was nominated for eight Laurence Olivier Awards. The Laurence Olivier Awards are the British equivalent of Broadway’s Tony Awards and are presented annually by the Society of London Theatre to recognize excellence in professional theater. Memphis was nominated for four awards, winning two:

  • Best Choreography  
  • Best Sound Design

Also in 2015, Memphis won Best New Musical from London’s WhatsOnStage Awards. Nominations and winners of these awards are selected by the theater-going public’s vote. The awards are held each year at the Prince of Wales Theatre.

Memphis the Musical is on a national tour and is being presented at IUP by the Lively Arts as the season finale to its 2014–15 Ovations! series.

Huey and Felicia from Memphis