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Cass Morgan Returns to MEMPHIS as Mama




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The 2010 Tony Award winning Best Musical MEMPHIS announced today that original Broadway cast member, and Outer Critics Circle Nominee, Cass Morgan will return to the company as “Mama.”  Morgan will begin performances on Thursday, December 15th.  Current “Mama” Nancy Opel will play her final performance on Sunday, December 11th, before taking a leave of absence to appear in David Bryan and Joe DiPietro’s The Toxic Avenger at The Alley Theater in Houston, TX.  Opel is expected to return to her role in MEMPHIS in February, 2012.

{module ad_left_body}CASS MORGAN (Mama).  NYC: Mary Poppins, Ring of Fire, Beauty and the Beast, Capeman, The Human Comedy, Pump Boys and Dinettes (co-author), Hair, The Immigrant, Floyd Collins, Violet, Merrily We Roll Along (York revival).  Regional highlights: Saint Ex (Weston Playhouse), Memphis (La Jolla, Seattle),  Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas (Goodspeed), Cabaret (Nat’l Tour), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Raleigh, NC), Das BBQ (dir. by Chris Ashley), 1776 (WTF), Children of Eden (Mill Mt. Playhouse). 

MEMPHIS takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50’s, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun (Adam Pascal) fell in love with everything he shouldn’t:  rock and roll and an electrifying black singer (Montego Glover).  MEMPHIS is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever.

Critically acclaimed MEMPHIS won four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score (David Bryan and Joe DiPietro), Best Book (Joe DiPietro), and Best Orchestrations (David Bryan and Daryl Waters). MEMPHIS 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).

MEMPHIS features a Tony-winning score with music by Bon Jovi’s founding member/keyboardist David Bryan and lyrics by Bryan and Tony-winner Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change), who also pens the musical’s book. 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 (Jersey Boys).

Tickets range from $41.50 to $131.50 (including a $1.50 facility fee). The performance schedule is as follows:  Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday – Saturday evenings at 8pm, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm, and Sundays at 3pm.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 212.239.6200.