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Memphis  | February 14 - March 15

"An exuberant musical with classic values: catchy songs, and heaping spoonfuls of inspirational moments” - The New York Post

Book and Lyrics by David Bryan | Music and Lyrics by Joe Dipietro
Based on a concept by George W. George


About The Show

The exhilarating four-time Tony Award-winning musical makes its Berkeley Playhouse debut. When Huey Calhoun, a white disk jockey, meets Felicia Farrell, a talented black woman with a voice that won’t quit, they embark on a passionate journey through the trials and tribulations of love and fame in a prejudiced society.

Featuring music and lyrics by David Bryan of Bon Jovi fame, this witty tale of desire, celebrity, and rock’n’roll is packed to the brim with irresistible songs and poignant moments.

Read full synopsis here.


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The Cast


 

HUEY CALHOUN
Sean Okuniewicz

Sean is very excited to be making his debut performance here at Berkeley Playhouse. Sean is an Actor/Singer from San Jose. He started acting in his junior year of high school at Cupertino High and has since worked at many companies throughout the Bay Area. Some of his past credits include Riff Raff in Rocky Horror at San Jose Stage Company, Gabe in Next To Normal at Broadway By The Bay, Matthew in Altar Boyz at Center Rep Jack Kelly in Newsies at CMT Marquees, Tony in West Side Story at Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Peter in Peter and The Starcatcher at Hillbarn Theatre. St. Jimmy in Green Day's American Idiot at City Lights Theatre Co. Sean would like to thank his friends and family for their endless love and support, and the audience for supporting live theatre in the Bay Area, follow Sean on instagram @sean.okuniewicz!

FELICIA FARRELL
Loreigna Sinclair

Loreigna couldn’t be happier to be in another production with Berkeley Playhouse! Originally from Vallejo, Ca, Loreigna graduated from AMDA College & Conservatory for the Performing Arts in 2015. Her favorite credits include: Lorrell Robinson in Dreamgirls at Berkeley Playhouse, Ensemble in Dreamgirls International Tour with McCoy Rigby Ent., Naomi in the original cast of She Persisted with Bay Area Children’s Theater, and LuLu in Cabaret and Debbie in the west coast premier of Groundhog Day with SF Playhouse. Many thanks to her family, friends and her husband Jordan for their endless love and support.

DEL RAY FARRELL
Jourdan Olivier-Verde

Jourdán is very excited to make his Berkeley Playhouse house debut with one of the top roles on his bucket list! An East Coast implant, he was most recently seen as  Bottom Midsummer Night’s Dream (Marin Shakespeare Company) , and Bumble In “Oliver!” (6th Street Playhouse). Other recent credits include: To Kill a Mockingbird (6th Street Playhouse)  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard  III (African-American Shakespeare Company) Comedy of Errors (Theater of Others) Violet (Bay Area Musicals). Training: Theater Minor Howard University. American Academy Dramatic Arts, Winter Session Cours Flourent( Paris) The third time’s the charm, and he finally gets to play this opposite his bro, JD!

GLADYS CALHOUN
Deborah Del Mastro

Deborah is making her debut onstage at Berkeley Playhouse! Deborah is best known for her work as Sister Robert Anne in the well-known comedy series Nunsense. Del Mastro originated the role of Sister Robert Anne and has filmed, recorded, and toured in the last six Nunsense shows Other favorite roles have been Mrs. Wilkinson, Billy Elliot (Woodminster Amphitheatre, Oakland, California), Margaret Johnson, The Light in the Piazza (Willows Theatre in Concord, California), and Patsy Cline, Always . . . Patsy Cline (Ordway Center for the Performing Arts( St. Paul, Minnesota), to name a few. Offstage, Deborah teaches voice and trumpet and sings and plays trumpet with five rock bands! www.DeborahDelMastro.com.

MR SIMMONS
CJ Smith

CJ began acting in his native Louisville, KY. During four decades living in San Francisco he has performed with numerous theaters including Eureka Theatre, Magic Theatre, and One Act Theatre Co. He was was seen in Glengarry Glen Ross at Pacifica Spindrift Players, The Exonerated and 12 Angry Men with Teatro Vagon, and Dangerous Corner at SF City Theatre Co. Other San Francisco performances include the premier of The Untamed Stage and Shocktoberfest 17: Pyramid of Freaks with The Thrillpeddlers. He was most recently seen in 95 performances of the Boxcar Theatre production of The Speakeasy.

GATOR
Jon-David Randle

Jon-David is thrilled to make his Berkeley Playhouse debut while reprising a role that he last played in 2015 for the  “Memphis” National Tour. Originally a native of DC, he is a local actor/singer  who was most notably see in the area playing the role of Flick in Violet (Bay Area Musicals). Training:  BFA  Howard University. Theatre: Titanic, Hot Mikado ( 42nd Street Moon) West Side Story (6th St. Playhouse) Dreamgirls, Smokey Joe's Cafe, (Toby's Dinner Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream (African-American Shakespeare Co.) National Tour: Memphis the Musical (Prather Entertainment) Film/TV: "House of Cards" This time around, he is excited to finally perform this show with his bro, “JOV.”

BOBBY
Cadarious Mayberry

Cadarious, who is a Memphis, TN native is thrilled to be returning to Berkeley Playhouse as Bobby. He was recently in the astonishing role of Ray of Lights: Caroline or Change (Radio). Credits: Dreamgirls as Tiny Joe Dixon/Ensemble (Berkeley Playhouse), Smokey Joes Cafe as Victor (BroadwayBytheBay and Town Hall Theatre Co.), In The Heights as Benny (NDNU Theatre), Through the Fire as Sweet (Sapphic Underground). He is dedicating his performances to all the beautiful black lives that were lost to gun violence. Insta: corden_slayer234 / twitter: Cmayberry234.

MR COLLINS / DJ / FATHER / GORDON GRANT
Charles Woodson Parker

Charles is proud to be in Memphis, his first performance with Berkeley Playhouse. Charles has performed all over the Bay Area. His home company is Roleplayers Ensemble where, in past years, he’s performed as Le Duc in Incident at Vichy, Dr. Molineaux in The Ladies Man, and many others. He won a Theatre Bay Area award for his role as Robert in Boeing, Boeing and was nominated for his Francis Henshall in One Man, Two Guvnors, both at Altarena Playhouse. His most recent performance was as Garry Essendine in Present Laughter at Pear Theater. Please visit his website for voice over and on camera media: charleswoodsonparker.com.

BUCK WILEY / MARTIN HOLTON / PHOTOGRAPHER
Jordan Smith

Jordan is thrilled to be making his Berkeley Playhouse debut with Memphis. He was recently seen as Simeon in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre. Favorite roles include: Diesel (West Side Story) with Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Chef Louis (The Little Mermaid) with Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, Edna (Hairspray) with Diablo Valley College, Male # 2 (Forbidden Broadway) with OMG! Productions for which he was nominated for a Shellie in 2016 (Best Supporting Actor in a Musical). Jordan would like to thank his folks, his Mimi, countless friends and family for their constant support. Also a HUGE thank you to everyone who made this production possible.

WAILIN JOE / REV HOBSON / DJ / TRIO / ENSEMBLE
Marcel Saunders

Marcel is a professional actor from the Bay Area. He has enjoyed multiple stints performing in Ahrens & Flaherty’s Ragtime and as James ‘Thunder’ Early in Dreamgirls. His repertoire includes arias, musicals, jazz and blues. Marcel is grateful for another opportunity to share his passion for music and art. He prides himself on his positive attitude towards life and constant pursuit of excellence. “It is a joy to be returning to the playhouse again.”

CLARA / MOTHER
Jennifer Stark

Jennifer is happy to be back with her Berkeley Playhouse family having last been seen as Leslie in Billy Elliot. She recently was on stage with Contra Costa Musical Theatre for their exciting productions of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Marion/Diva) and Matilda (Mrs. Phelps) and has performed for several companies in the Bay Area including: Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre (Mamma Mia, Noises Off, Beauty and the Beast), Broadway by the Bay (Beauty and the Beast), Lucky Penny Productions (Chicago, Annie), Tri Valley Repertory Theatre (Avenue Q, Les Miserables, Jekyll and Hyde), and is a member of Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble. She is an EMC candidate, a mulitple Shellie award nominee, a Theatre Bay Area Award nominee, an Arty Award (Lucky Penny’s Chicago) and Bay Area Theatre Critic’s Circle Award winner (Masquer’s Playhouse’s Closer than Ever) and proudly serves on the Board of Directors for Contra Costa Musical Theatre.

FRANK DRYER / ENSEMBLE
Joe Ayers

Joe is thrilled to be back on the Julia Morgan stage. Past Berkeley Playhouse credits: West Side Story, Dreamgirls, and Grease. Other credits include Cabaret (SF Playhouse), Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (CCMT), and The Diary of Anne Frank (Center REP). Joe is also a choreographer, director, and teaching artist. He has worked with companies such as Berkeley Playhouse, Aurora, Cal Shakes, PlayGround SF and Bay Area Children's Theatre. He holds three BA degrees from UC Berkeley in Theater and Performance Studies, Dance and Performance Studies, and English. He'd like to thank his family, friends, and teachers for all of their guidance and support.

ETHEL / SELMA / ENSEMBLE
Chanel Tilghman

Chanel is elated to be returning to the Berkeley Playhouse stage for a fourth time, after appearing in Mamma Mia (Sophie Sheridan), Dreamgirls (Michelle Morris), and Ragtime (Pas De Deux/Ensemble). Other recent Bay Area theatre credits include Hairspray (Bay Area Musicals; Dynamite/Detention Kid), Matilda (Contra Costa Musical Theatre; Acrobat/Ensemble), and Mamma Mia (Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre; Lisa). Chanel is an alum of the University of Southern California, where she studied Communication, Theatre, and Music Industry and sang in UnderSCore A Capella. She thanks her friends and family, especially her mother, for their constant support.

PERRY COMO / ENSEMBLE
Z Hansen

Z is beyond excited to be coming back to the Julia Morgan Theater for his third Berkeley Playhouse Production. Z's previous theatre credits with Berkeley Playhouse include: Sasha the Russian/Bottle Dancer in Fiddler on the Roof and Ensemble/Male Swing in Avenue Q. More recently, Z graduated from Chico State. Chico Theatre credits include: Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Merv Masterson in Our House, Nicky in Avenue Q, and Moritz Stiefel in Spring Awakening (Irene Ryan Nomination recipient). Z thanks and loves his adoring muse of a girlfriend, Erika Kamakaokalani Mumford.

BESSIE / ENSEMBLE
Maya Phillips

Maya is a San Francisco State University Alumni and is thrilled to work with Berkeley Playhouse! Her recent roles include American Idiot (Heather), HAIR (Ronny), and Chicago (Matron Mama Morton).  She wants to thank her mentors, and family for their endless support and love. She also wants to thank Berkeley Playhouse for this wonderful opportunity!

LAVERNE / ENSEMBLE
Jennifer Frazier

Jennifer, synonymous with professionalism and creativity, began her performing arts career at the age of 12. She has studied aboard and during her high school years found her love for the arts as a whole. She takes pride in the title “Triple Threat”. She’s been seen singing, dancing, and acting in various show such as Little shop of horrors (Skyline high school) Dreamgirls and Crowns (Ivory Arts Inc) Aint Misbehavin (Solano College Theater) Sister Act,Dreamgirls, Mamma Mia (Berkeley Playhouse). She is thrilled to be in her fourth production at Berkeley playhouse.

TEENAGER / ENSEMBLE
Hanah Rose Nardone

Hanah is super pumped to be making her Berkeley Playhouse debut! A recent Bay Area transplant from beautiful Chicago, her professional credits include Sweet Charity, Mamma Mia (The Marriott Theatre); Crazy For You, Bye Bye Birdie, White Christmas (Drury Lane Theatre); The Little Mermaid, Madagascar the Musical (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Xanadu (American Theater Co.); Grand Hotel (Kokandy Productions); 42nd St., Legally Blonde, The Sound of Music (The Little Theatre on the Square); Guys and Dolls, Footloose, Cabaret, A Chorus Line (Timber Lake Playhouse). Hanah received her BFA in Music Theatre from The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. She would like give a big thanks to her mom, Ezra, and new hubby, Lukas. @haner.rose.bananer

DOUBLE DUTCH GIRL / ENSEMBLE
Claire Noelle Pearson

Claire is delighted to be performing in Memphis with Berkeley Playhouse! Most recently Claire appeared as Lisa in Mamma Mia at Berkeley Playhouse. Other favorite credits include Hairspray ( Bay Area Musicals ), Sister Act (Theatre Rhinoceros), Tartuffe (UC Berkeley), and Valentine (The Speakeasy). Claire holds two degrees in Theater and Performance Studies and English from UC Berkeley. She sends love and thanks to her family and friends. Instagram: clairenoelle___

DOUBLE DUTCH GIRL / ENSEMBLE
Kamaria McKinney

Kamaria is so excited to be making her Berkeley Playhouse debut! You may recognize her from Contra Costa Musical Theater's Pricilla: Queen of the Dessert, Contra Costa Civic Theater's Once on This Island, Diablo Valley College Drama Department's Footloose, Stars2000's production of Legally Blonde (Pilar), or even working at the Museum of Ice Cream under the alias Ruthbeer Float! She'd like the thank the Berkeley Playhouse production team for the incredible opportunity, as well as Lisa Drummond for being such a remodel and her friends and family for the continued support. Her next roles are To Be Announced so follow her social media to keep up! @letmesleeppleaz

TRIO / ENSEMBLE
Montel Anthony Nord

Montel is an enthusiastic performer who is proud to return to Berkeley Playhouse. He was most recently seen as Mereb inAida, as Curtis in Sister Act with Broadway By the Bay, and in Dreamgirls here at Berkeley Playhouse. Montel enjoys the art of storytelling in all forms and is excited to share his professional growth with you all. He would like to thank his friends and family for their endless love and support. “A true diva is graceful, and talented, and strong, and fearless, and brave, and someone with humility” -Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

TRIO / ENSEMBLE
Jeffrey May Hyche

Jeffrey is a Bay Area (San Francisco) native, honored to be back at Berkeley Playhouse. Memphis is his third show here. He was last seen in the ensembles of The Little Mermaid and Hairspray! He prays that you are blessed, moved, and inspired by this production of Memphis! He thanks Jesus Christ for being and leading The Way, the cast and the entire production team for welcoming him in with open arms. To catch what he's up to next, follow him on Instagram @JMayHyche!

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