‘Memphis’ to end Rialto run in August

Tony-winning musical opened in 2009

Tony Award winner “Memphis” will end its Broadway run on Sunday, Aug. 5, producers said Tuesday, after 30 previews and 1,166 regular performances.

The show, which won four Tonys including best musical in 2010, opened in October 2009 at the Shubert Theater. It hit the road in 2011 in Memphis, Tenn., and producers recently announced its second year of national touring. Plans are under way for a West End production.

“The level of love and commitment exhibited by all the members of our company from La Jolla to Seattle to Broadway has been matched only by the enthusiasm of our magnificently ardent fans,” said producer Sue Frost. “For us, this kind of reciprocity represents the heart of live theater.”

“Memphis” also won Tonys for original score, book and orchestration.

The show is set in the underground clubs of the segregated 1950s where a young white DJ falls in love with a black singer.

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