Audition: Memphis

From the underground dance clubs of 1950’s Memphis, Tennessee, comes the Tony- and Olivier Award-winning musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love!

Audition Dates

  • Sunday, November 3, 2019 (from 6 to 9 p.m.)
  • Monday, November 4, 2019 (from 6 to 9 p.m.)
  • A dance audition will be held on Tuesday, November 5; details to follow

Auditions are scheduled in advance by appointment.

Audition appointments are available each night in 30-minute slots.


About the Show

Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio D.J. who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves – filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and two 2015 Olivier Awards, Memphis features a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro and a Tony-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan.

  • Music and lyrics by David Bryan
  • Book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro
  • Directed by Richard Morris, Jr.
Casting Requirements

We are seeking a diverse cast of talented and committed actors, singers and dancers. All roles are available to auditioners of any ethnicity. Although we encourage all ethnicities to attend the auditions, be advised we are looking for actors who can convincingly play the ethnicities called for in the role descriptions. Casting will be limited to ages 16 and older.

Character Breakdown

A breakdown of the show's characters is on the audition SignUp page.

What to Prepare

Please bring a headshot and/or resume, if you have either.

Please prepare 32 bars of music from a song in the style of the show — but NOT from the show itself. (Choose a song that highlights your vocal skills). Please bring sheet music for your song (in the appropriate key) with you to the audition; an accompanist will be provided.

Please bring your calendar with you to the auditions in order to declare any scheduling conflicts between January 1 and February 15, 2020.

All actors and singers will be asked to do a "cold reading" from the script.

Please arrive fifteen minutes prior to your scheduled audition time to complete audition forms.

A dance audition will be held on the evening of Tuesday, Nov 5; the time is to be announced. Please bring dance or tennis shoes, dress appropriately, and be prepared for light movement.

Rehearsal Times

A complete rehearsal schedule will be provided at the auditions. 

Technical rehearsals begin Sunday, February 16, 2020 and continue each night through the final dress rehearsal on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Attendance at all technical rehearsals is mandatory.

Performance Times

Memphis will play for 14 performances in Weathervane's Founders Theater between Thursday, February 20 and Sunday, March 8, 2020 – including TWO weekday-morning "school matinees."

Performances days and times:

  • Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sundays at 2:30 p.m.