(Huey) Bryan made his Broadway debut in Memphis as the Huey stand-by, and is honored to originate the same role on the 1st National Tour. TV/Film: Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Red Hook, You Tell Me. He is also a singer/songwriter, and his new album Simple & Grey has just been released and is now available everywhere. Thanks to God, Mom, Dad, Greg, G’ma, the JYD crew, the Brass Monkeys, and The Strux. Follow him at: www.bryanfenkart.com, www.twitter.com/Steinway7, and at www.facebook.com/bryanfenkart.
(Felicia) Broadway: Memphis (Felicia Cover). National Tour: Dreamgirls (Deena, Lorell); AIDA (Aida Standby) Regional: RENT** (Mimi) Atlanta Lyric Theatre; AIDA (Aida) VMT; Caroline Or Change (Radio) Guthrie Theatre; Beehive (Diana Ross, Ikette) Maltz Jupiter Theatre; Boys From Syracuse (Courtesan); Baltimore Centerstage; Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon) Atlanta Lyric Theatre*; Starlight Jazz (Japan). Other Credits: Selma, Lord Selma (ABC); White Noise; Becoming Tennessee (Trombone); The Wiz (Dorothy); Joe Turner’s Come & Gone (Molly Cunningham); For Colored Girls..; Harlem Ladies Knittin’ & Bitchin’ Society (Nichelle).* Suzi Bass Nominee **ATFA Nominee; Visit the Official Fan Page of Felicia Boswell on Facebook for upcoming events! www.FeliciaBoswell.com
(Gator) wrote all 16 songs on his 2008 album entitled Something Better. Available on itunes and Cdbaby.com. He just recently completed his second album entitled The Music Will Save My Life, which will be released this fall. Rhett has been featured in numerous Broadway shows, such as Memphis and Wicked where he was an original company member. He starred as Big Daddy in the Broadway Revival of Sweet Charity with Christina Applegate. Other memorable credits include Fame, Rent, Aida, The Lion King, Radiant Baby, The Little Mermaid, and The Color Purple. Favorite Film/TV credits include Sex and The City, Blues Brothers 2000, Glitter, Late Night With Conan O’Brian’s Christmas Special and Prisoner of Love. The George Series is a comedic web series on youtube where Rhett plays the role of Gerren Rhett a Famed Choreographer. Please visit Facebook/Twitter @RhettGeorge and www.RhettGeorge.com
(Gladys) has been fortunate enough to enjoy a varied and exciting career spanning Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre and concerts. Her recent concert Julie Johnson Sings received critical acclaim and enjoyed a very successful run. Julie made her Carnegie Hall debut singing with the New York Pops Orchestra under the direction of Skitch Henderson in 2003. Prior to beginning the Memphis, Julie portrayed Fraulein Schneider in the critically acclaimed production of Cabaret at the Dallas Theater Center, Emma Goldman in Ragtime at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, and Mrs. Lovett in a concert version of Sweeney Todd at The Morton Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. Julie starred opposite Sally Struthers in Always, Patsy Cline at Casa Manana in Ft. Worth and has portrayed Patsy Cline in eight productions of A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline with co-star Steve Barcus. Julie also starred in a new musical Look Homeward, Honky Tonk Angel with music and lyrics by Larry Gatlin at Lyric Stage of Irving. She returned to New York playing opposite G W Bailey (The Closer) in the Off-Broadway premiere of Roadside by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. Other career credits include: Broadway: Hal Prince’s Candide. Off-Broadway: Das Barbecu (Drama Desk Nominee, Theatre World Award); Angel in The Rink (workshop). Regional: Dolly in Hello Dolly, Lyric Stage, Irving; Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast at Bass Hall in Ft. Worth, Miss Mona in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at Bass Hall; Mae West in Dirty Blonde at Theatre Three, Dallas; Miss Trixie in Papermoon at the Goodspeed Opera House and Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia; The Mama in Opal at George St. Playhouse; the Godmother in The Plexiglass Slipper at Lyric Stage, plus leading roles in Lucky Guy, Heartbeats, Chess, Blithe Spirit, Crimes of the Heart, Nunsense, Baby, Westside Waltz, Hayfever and Magenta in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Julie’s cds All Grown Up… So Far and More Than Half Way are available through her website www.juliejohnsonmusic.com. Julie is the voice of Baby Bop on the Barney and Friends series. Movie credits include, Pure Country with George Strait, and The Apostle with Robert Duvall. Julie has also appeared on episodes of As the World Turns. Julie was born in Whitewright, Texas and graduated from Austin College. Her finest production to date is her wonderful son, Trey!
(Bobby) just completed his run and Broadway debut as Bobby in Memphis. 1st national tours: Billy Elliot (Mr. Braithwaite & Big Davey), Wonderful Town (Valenti). Regional: Ragtime (Coalhouse), Godspell (Jesus), Show Boat (Joe), Finding Nemo (Bruce), Oklahoma! (Judd Fry), A Chorus Line (Richie), amongst others. Bachelor of Music from Oklahoma City University under the Florence Birdwell. www.willmannvo.com #HIGHLYFAVORED @WillSingForFood
(Mr. Simmons) created roles in the original Broadway productions of James Lapine & Stephen Sondheim’s, Sunday in the Park with George (PBS) and Passion (PBS), as well as Into the Light, The Leaf People, Agamemnon (Lincoln Center), Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Rockabye Hamlet, and the original Jesus Christ Superstar. Also on Broadway, Camelot (HBO) as understudy to Richard Burton and Richard Harris, and Gypsy with Bernadette Peters (dir. by Sam Mendes). Off-Broadway credits include: original production of Weidman and Sondheim’s Assassins (Playwrights Horizons), and Gold! (dir. by Sam Mendes) – later to become Road Show (dir. by John Doyle) at the Public Theater. Also at the Public: Cymbeline, Dispatches, and The Knife (dir. by David Hare). National Tours: A Few Good Men, and Titanic (as Capt. E.J. Smith). Some 50 regional productions, favorites include: Saint Joan, Biloxi Blues, The Rainmaker, Pure Confidence, Time and Again, The History of Invulnerability, last season’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle at Yale Rep., and SCKBSTD at Virginia Stage. Film and television credits include: In & Out, Domestic Disturbance, “The Equalizer”, “The Pretender”, several episodes of “Law and Order”. Two seasons on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion”.
HORACE V. ROGERS
(Delray) Broadway: Brooklyn the Musical; Disney’s Tarzan, Snipes/Son of Man Soloist; Mufasa-Disney’s The Lion King- Toronto; Tours: Thom Collins- Rent, Grady- Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple. Film/TV: Pastor Braddok-BET’s premiere of David E. Talbert’s What My Husband Doesn’t Know; Showtime’s Soul Food, Star Search, Music: BeBe & CeCe Winans’ Greatest Hits, Willie Nelson’s $1000.00 Wedding. B.F.A.-N.C. A&T State University; M.F.A. -The University of Connecticut.
(Ensemble) is super excited to rejoin the Memphis family! He was last seen on Broadway in Lysistrata Jones. Proud CCM Graduate. Many thanks to all friends, family, CGF and Rachel Hoffman.
(Ensemble) is excited to join the tour of Memphis! TV: “SMASH”; Broadway: Memphis (Gator u/s); Regional: Superfly (NY workshop), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (NYC), Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, Suzanne Farrell Ballet. Thanks GOD & family and friends for their support! Mommie we MADE IT! Joshua 1:9 www.dariusbarnes.com
TYRONE A. JACKSON
(Ensemble) is delighted to join the touring cast of Memphis. He has been seen in numerous Broadway shows and also done many regional shows, television, and commercials. He hopes you enjoy the show as much as he enjoys working on it.
(Ensemble) Was last seen in the 1st National Tour of American Idiot. Broadway: Bye Bye Birdie, two holiday seasons of How the Grinch stole Christmas. NY Theatre: Susan Stroman’s new original musical the Dancer Project. TV: “A Gifted Man” (CBS). Thanks to the Memphis team, Rachel Hoffman, Erin & the ladies at CESD for being the best, and of course my parents and Jack! Yolo!
Tami is thrilled to be joining the cast of the First National Tour of Memphis. Last year Tami was a member of the cast of the First National Tour of In TheHeights. Tami’s career in musical theatre has taken her from the Off-Broadway stages of New York (Pajama Game, Forgotten Broadway) to Hawaii (Chicago, A Little Night Music, Falsettos, Ruthless), and Japan with the National/International tour of A Chorus Line. Tami lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and her numerous credits there include: Tune the Grand Up at Alcazar Theatre, World Goes ‘Round at Playhouse West (Drama Logue Award), World Premiere of Heart Land at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, where Memphis got its start, andMarta in Company at Marin Theatre Company. Tami has also performed internationally in her “one-woman show”, Lost In the Stars, which she took from a sold-out run at the Empire Plush Room in San Francisco to the International Arts Festival in San Salvador, El Salvador, where where she grew up. At American Musical Theatre of San Jose Tami portrayed Electra in Gypsy,Joanie Lish in The Full Monty, The Storyteller in Children of Eden, and the American Premiere of The Three Musketeers. Other favoriteroles include Patsy in Center Rep’s production of Bingo, and The Witch in Crossroads Theatre’s production of Into the Woods, for which she was nominated for a Best Actress by the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. Tami also enjoys performing as a featured soloists in several symphony orchestras throughout the U.S., such as the Maryland Symphony, the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, the Sacramento Philharmonic, and the Oakland East Bay Symphony. Her collaborations with celebrated conductor, Michael Morgan, have garnered much praise in performing various Broadway musicals in concert format. Tami has her degree in theatre and Latin American literature from Mount Holyoke College. Tami’s favorite hobby in the whole world is raising Guide Dog puppies for the organization,Guide Dogs for the Blind. She has raised and socialized 3 Guide Dogs. She also has 3 dogs of her own and a spoiled cat that keep her life busy and fuzzy. Tami would like to thank all her loved ones, teachers, and dear friends that have supported her and encouraged her throughout the years! www.tamidahbura.com
(Ensemble) Born and raised in Endicott, NY, Daniel went on to study Musical Theater and Dance at Marymount Manhattan College. Daniel has toured with Broadway’s West Side Story as Arab, Baby John and a Shark Swing. Regional Credits: The Music Man (Tommy Djilas), Carousel (Ensemble). TV Credits: “So You Think You Can Dance” (Season 9), Macy’s 72nd Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. Love to Mom, Dad, John, Family and Friends.
(Ensemble, Felicia u/s) Kelcy is excited to join the cast of MEMPHIS! A proud Chicago native, and University of Michigan Graduate. Off-Broadway: The City Club (Minneta Lane Theatre) National Tours: Dreamgirls (Michelle U/S). Television: Blue Bloods. Favorite Regional: Gertie in Oklamhoma! (PCS) Deena Jones in Dreamgirls (CMH) Pilar in Legally Blonde (Gateway Playhouse). NYC Readings: Cool Papa’s Party (feat Wayne Brady). Kelcy would like to thank her parents first and always for their continued support! So much thanks and love to Nicholas and Judy Boals INC and Rachel. Always believe!!
(Ensemble, u/s Mr. Simmons) The last time Christopher Gurr “hit the road” he played the entire First National Tour of Monty Python’s Spamalot, directed by Mike Nichols and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw. His Mrs. Galahad was seen throughout the U.S and Canada, and his King Arthur led the company in San Diego, San Jose, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Kansas City, Tucson, Nashville, Jacksonville, Ft. Myers, and Hershey, Pennsylvania, where the air really does smell of chocolate.
Since shedding his peasant dress and his knightly chain mail, he has “fiddled about” in the Berkshires as Uncle Ernie in The Who’s Tommy and seduced the somewhat stunned audiences of Dayton, OH as Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone. (Latin- and Sino-American relations will never be the same. Trust me.) His New York debut was as Hitler (yes, that Hitler) in The History Of War, a new musical by composer Deborah Abramson, lyricist Amanda Yesnowitz, and book writer Chip Zien (yes, that Chip Zien) as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
Regional acting credits include: Copenhagen (Heisenberg), 1776 (Rutledge), The Lion in Winter (Geoffrey), Twelve Angry Men (Juror #2), Measure for Measure (Claudio), Ostrovsky’s A Family Affair (Lazar), Candida (Lexy), Trask & Fenn (William Fenn), and The Boys Next Door (Barry). Regional directing credits include: Camelot, Die Fledermaus, Guys & Dolls: In Concert with Jeff Tyzik and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Billy Bishop Goes To War, Wesley Middleton’s Tomato Plant Girl (director/composer), James Still’s Meet Me Incognito (director/composer), and the world premier of José Cruz Gonzáles’ Earth Songs. Christopher has been an artistic associate with Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY, The Theatre Building in Chicago, and Metro Theater Company in St. Louis. He is proud to have taught with and designed curriculum for the nationally recognized education department of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Christopher graduated from and has served as guest director and faculty member at Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre & Dance, St. Louis.
Born and raised in Americus, Georgia, he has made his home in St. Louis, Chicago, Santa Cruz, CA, and the mountains of Harlan County, Kentucky. He is a member of Actors’ Equity, The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
(Ensemble) National tour debut! She is ecstatic to join the Memphis family! Theatre: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Rockette). Proud graduate of Indiana University. Love and thanks to Tony and my family for your support.
(Dance Captain, Swing) National Tour Debut! Credits: Memphis (Broadway), Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Pepsi, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, the world tours of several music artists. “Give thanks for another day of loving.” Hockadoo!
JARVIS D. McKINLEY
(Ensemble) Jarvis McKinley is from Hattiesburg, MS. He began his dance training at The Dance Place and Pine Belt Youth Ballet at age 6. He also trained at Virginia School of the Arts where he was granted a full four year scholarship throughout his High school year and also trained underneath Jaquec D’ambois under scholarship with the National Dance Institute. He got his (AA) certificate in dance at New World School of the arts while granted a four full year scholarship. Jarvis has also trained with the Kirov Ballet Academy, Jacobs Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, and the Ailey School, where he then ended up joining Ailey II in 2008. After finishing his contract with Ailey he then become a soloist at Armitage Gone Dance in 2010. He has also danced with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, under the direction of Dwight Rhonden and Desmond Richardson. Mr. McKinley has performed works by Alvin Ailey, William Forsythe, Robert Battle, Judith Jamison, Christopher L. Huggins, Francesca Harper and also have dance with music’s best artists such as Usher Raymond, Jojo, KiCi & Jojo, and The Dream.
KENNA MICHELLE MORRIS
(Swing, Assistant Dance Captain) Originally from Louisville, KY and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma (B.S. in Physical Therapy), Kenna has had a performing and teaching career that has taken her all over the world. She has toured and performed with such recording artists as Missy Elliott, Diddy, Nelly, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, and Black Eyed Peas. Film/Television credits include MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Japan & European Awards, Fashion Rocks, Broadway: The American Musical, and the feature films Idlewild—with recording artists Outkast; and Louis—recently released silent film about Louis Armstrong. She has performed in various Off-Broadway & regional theater productions including The Wiz (starring Grammy Award winner Ashanti), Aida, Smokey Joe’s Café, and Bronx Casket Company, which was directed and choreographed by legendary Tony Award-winner Hinton Battle. Much love and thanks to my husband and family for their continued love and support.
(Ensemble) Jill made her Broadway debut in MEMPHIS and also performed in the original workshop productions for La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle’s 5th Ave Theatre. This is her second National Tour after performing in Garry Marshall’s Happy Days as a Pinkette (Joanie, Marion and Lori Beth u/s). Jill’s favorite regional roles include: Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors; Val and Cassie in A Chorus Line; Nanette in No, No, Nanette; Liesl in The Sound of Music; The Narrator in Joseph…Dreamcoat; Louise in Gypsy; Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes; Sandy in Grease. Jill resides in Southern California and has performed for various local venues, including Universal Studios, The Hollywood Bowl, Queen Mary, Welk Resort Theatre, REPRISE!, Musical Theatre West, Falcon Theatre, McCoy Rigby, Center Stage, Curtain Call, Rose Center Theater, Fullerton CLO, ANMT, CLO of South Bay Cities, and La Jolla Playhouse. Film: Valentine’s Day (Garry Marshall, dir.) She sings with the Linda Ronstadt Tribute Band, Different Drum. She has also played “Barbie” for Mattel events for the past six years. This summer, she was “1980 Roller Skating Barbie,” singing and skating to the song “Xanadu”! She is a graduate of the University of Arizona with degrees in Dance and Media Arts. Jill would like to thank her family and loving boyfriend Johnny for their continuous support! www.jillmorrison.com
(Ensemble, u/s Gator, Delray, Bobby) is a native of Oakland, Ca and has been performing since the age of 3. At the age of 9 he became an apprentice with the experimental theatre group Artship Foundation and a company member of the Augustino Dance Theatre. Soon after at the age of 13 he became an apprentice with The Oakland Opera Theatre where he performed in productions of La Belle Et La Bette by Phllip Glass, and Four Saints in Three Acts, as well as new experimental works. He attended Oakland School for the Arts, which ultimately prepared him for his acceptance to the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Department. After his freshman year he was cast in the summer season at the St. Louis MUNY and worked there 3 summers thereafter. Kent is unbelievably humbled and excited to be a part of this wonderful production with such phenomenally talented people. This is a dream come true. Endless thanks to friends, family, mentors, and my family at Harden-Curtis without whose love and support he wouldn’t be here.
(Ensemble, u/s Huey) is originally from Oklahoma City, and holds a B.M. Music Theatre from Florida State University. Following graduation, Austin hit the road in the smash hit The Producers in the role of Leo Bloom touring 49 states and Canada. Austin has performed extensively all over the US and has been seen in concert halls, regional theatres and numerous commercials throughout the NY area. Most recently Austin joined the National tour of the new musical Virtuosity starring the legendary two-time Tony nominee, Vivian Reed, in it’s world premiere in Toronto. Favorite regional credits include La Cage Aux Folles as Jean-Michel at Riverside Theatre; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and The Drowsy Chaperone at Flat Rock Playhouse; Godspell, Footloose, and Fiddler On The Roof at The Lyric Theater of Oklahoma.
His debut solo album Awakening, an eleven-song collection of original music can be found for purchase on iTunes and www.cdbaby.com. Awakening, Owen’s first solo effort, introduces the world to an essential, charismatic performer whose rich talent and energy has garnered him rave reviews in the United States and Canada. The album offers emotive and soulful vocals combined with expressive song craft. Awakening’s intensity and heart attest to Austin’s vision of his identity as an artist. “I play what’s in my soul. Music makes us feel things. What good is a song if it doesn’t move you? I want my music to transcend what is ‘fashionable’ and instead meet people in a place of real emotion.” www.austintayorowen.com
DEREK ST. PIERRE
(Ensemble) is ecstatic to tour for the first time with Memphis! Broadway: Rock of Ages (Franz). Regional: The Huntington Theatre, MUNY, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. Graduate of The Boston Conservatory. Love and gratitude to Mom, Dad, Henderson/Hogan, Telsey, and BoCoX!
(Swing) B.F.A Dance, has performed worldwide. Favorite credits: The Addams Family, 9 to 5, Swing, The Mambo Kings, Saturday Night Fever, In the Heights, Cirque du Soleil’s- “Zumanity” and Disney’s film Enchanted. GRATEFUL to be a part of Memphis!
(Ensemble, u/s Gladys) is thrilled to be joining Memphis! Broadway: Catch Me If You Can. Tour/Reginal credits: Saturday Night Fever, The Jack Cole Project, West Side Story, Chicago, How to Succeed. Infinite thanks to Sergio and CGF. Endless love to my parents, Lauren and fiancé Ryan!
(Ensemble, u/s Gator) has appeared on Broadway in Legally Blonde, Taboo, Saturday Night Fever and Fosse. In addition to Memphis, he’s toured the country in performances of Kiss Me Kate, Camelot & My Fair Lady. He’s been seen regionally in roles such as Mitch Mahoney (Spelling Bee – Theatre Aspen), Phaedra (La Cage aux Folles – Walnut Street Theatre), Ken (Smokey Joe’s Café – Maltz Jupiter Theatre) and Darren Lemming (Take Me Out – Zachary Scott Theatre). His film and TV credits include The Oprah Winfrey Show (“Farewell Spectacular” – ABC), Rosie Live! (NBC), One Life to Live (ABC), Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (Bravo), Show Business: The Road to Broadway (Documentary film) and a cable national commercial for Road Runner High Speed Online. Jody has also performed in concerts with the Omaha Symphony and the New York Philharmonic Orchestras.
(Ensemble, Felicia u/s) A native of Philadelphia, Lindsay holds a B.M. in Vocal/Opera Performance and minor in Music Education from the University of Maryland. Favorite Off-Broadway/NYC and regional credits include Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Lost in the Stars (City Center Encores), Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Sarah in Ragtime, and Nala in Walt Disney World’s Festival of the Lion King. A blossoming concert artist, she has shared the stage with Kristin Chenoweth, Jason Robert Brown, Stephen Schwartz, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and the National Philharmonic Orchestra. Love to family, friends, Clear Talent Group, Rachel, andBDF. All glory to God! www.lindsayroberts.com
(Ensemble) (Washington, DC) Credits: Hairspray (Fireside Theater), Fame (China) and NBA Miami Heat Dancer. She is overjoyed to be apart of the Memphiscast! She thanks her family for their unconditional love and support.
(Ensemble) is thrilled to be on the road with Memphis! Regional: Bye Bye Birdie, Singin’ in the Rain, Kiss Me Kate (MUNY), Wizard of Oz (Variety). Jack is a high school senior from St. Louis Missouri.
PETER MATTHEW SMITH
(Ensemble, u/s Huey) Proud equity member. Broadway: RENT, Cry Baby, Fiddler on the Roof (Motel), Original casts of both Mamma Mia and Hairspray. Peter is also a member of the Broadway Boys (bwayboys.com). Peter’s greatest achievement was marrying his beautiful wife Amy.