It’s New Year’s Day!! Hopefully this means that you have the day off and that you are looking for a very mellow activity to engage in. we released these videos as part of the Merry Month of MEMPHIS in December, but in case you missed it, here are all the JMI Show Specials we released.
BACKSTORY: James Monroe Iglehart originated the role of “Bobby” on broadway, now being played by Will Mann on the National Tour. James really like being on camera so we decided to start interviewing Memphis cast members. 3 years later, when we approached our closing on Broadway, James and I knew that we had to do a full-on round up. A JMI extravaganza.
So we ordered pizza and rounded up some of the cast members who had been with the show from the beginning. Out of town productions at NorthShore (Derrick Baskin and J. Bernard Calloway only), and adding James Monroe Iglehart, Jermaine R. Rembert, Lauren Lim Jackson and Kenny Seymour to the company out of town in the La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle 5th Avenue co-productions, before opening the show on broadway.
They are each a treasure trove of MEMPHIS fun facts so we knew we had to record some of their stories for you–and for us as well…TRUST!
So hang out on the couch a little bit longer and dive into MEMPHIS THROUGH THE YEARS.
Favorite MEMPHIS Moment: features TONY night footage including Derrick’s most awesome reaction to the news.
Derrick sings “Memphis lives in me:” Get the back story on the “Huey” song that was originally written for “Gator,” and hear Derrick Baskin sing this MEMPHIS anthem. Features photos from the TheatreWorks production through Broadway.
J. Bernard Calloway- “I Don’t Make The Rules”: “Delray” used to sing this song which turned into “She’s My Sister” for the Broadway run. Check out this “funky tune.”
When Derrick Baskin opened the show: a look at how the “Gator” character used to play both the DJ’s in the opening sequence of the show.
“Who is Roscoe?”: How Daniel J. Watts created the “Roscoe slide.”
“Rock Shop:” the cast sings this song that used to be part of Huey’s Cavalcade in Act 2
The cast recreates their favorite “Cut Lines:”