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Coming to a Movie Theater Near You: Broadway’s Memphis

The 2010 Tony-winning musical will be broadcast in HD this spring.

By Laura Dannen January 18, 2011

From 5th Avenue Theatre to a fistful of Tonys: Broadway musical Memphis.

First the Metropolitan Opera got into the live broadcast business, beaming productions of Carmen and Turandot to movie theaters around the world. Then the National Theatre in London started sending Hamlet across the Atlantic. (Next month it showcases Bill T. Jones’s Fela, which screens at SIFF on February 7.)

Now Broadway is branching out: According to a New York Times Arts Beat blog post, 2010 Tony winner Memphis will be filmed this week in high definition, with plans to make it available in movie theaters later this spring. Last year’s top musical (with a score by Bon Jovi) got its start at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre in 2009. It’s a homecoming of sorts for the feel-good love story set in 1950s Tennessee, and for one of its stars, Roosevelt High grad Chad Kimball.

Times arts writer Patrick Healy has more to say about Broadway’s big-screen moment.

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