Tennessee Theater hits New Years headlines with new country musical MAY WE ALL


Playhouse on the Square in partnership with tamburrino, inc., Playhouse on the Square season sponsor Dorothy O. Kirsch, and super sponsor Dr. Thomas Ratliff present the initial production of a new country musical, May We All 21 January – February 20, 2022.

Book before Troy Britton Johnson, Todd johnson & Eric Pfeffinger, Arrangements & orchestrations by Brian usifer, and led by Shelley butler, May We All will be presented at the Playhouse on the Square (Overton Square Performing Arts District, 66 South Cooper Street Memphis, TN 38104)

Tickets are available now on www.playhouseonthesquare.org or by calling the box office, (901) 726-4656.

Produced by Special Arrangement with Lively McCabe Entertainment & CuzBro Productions, May We All is the story of Jenna Coates, a small town girl whose career as a singer in a big city ended before it even started, and how she returns to the people and places of her past to find a path to the future. But coming home is never easy. A lot has changed in Harmony, TN since Jenna left and not necessarily for the better. If Jenna and her hometown are to come out of their current crises, they’re going to need each other. And they’re going to need some music. This musical features country music classics like Rainbow by Kacey Musgrave, Broken Halos by Chris Stapleton, Dolly partonit’s Jolene, Kenny chesney‘s American Kids, and the Florida Georgia Line title track and Tim mcgraw, among many other chart-topping hits. Two original songs co-written by FGL’s Tyler hubbard and Brian kelley will also be exclusive to the show.

Before making its world premiere in Nashville, Bluff City will be the testing ground for the musical designed by BMG Music and Brian kelley by country music duo Florida Georgia Line. “On behalf of our partners, Brian kelleyproductions of CuzBro and BMG, we’re delighted to finally see May We All in front of her very first audience – and it’s especially satisfying to do so here in Memphis, ”suggests Michel barra, CEO and Executive Producer of Lively McCabe Entertainment. “We are grateful to Mike Detroit and his team at Playhouse on the Square for their partnership on this project, and for their theater playing a vital role in our show’s trip to Nashville next summer, and the national tour to follow. in 2023. “

At the head of the long-awaited production is the director Shelley butler. Butler will make her directorial debut at the Memphis Theater with the production. His many credits include the world premiere of Lucas hnath‘s A Doll’s House Part 2 at South Coast Directory and the Japanese premiere of Beautiful: The Carole king Musical, at the Imperial Theater in Tokyo. Butler says,

“I’m thrilled that Memphis audiences can hear this story of a strong Southern woman who finds her voice. The production is bursting with country hits and bursting with Memphis talent. May we all focus on a community that comes together. to find her way through the tough times and look forward to digging into all the joy and humor of this nationwide musical celebration. “

The initial production of May We All is the first time that Playhouse on the Square has teamed up to create a production that will eventually make its way to a nationwide tour, a concept album, and a film is also slated for. Executive Producer of Playhouse on the Square, Michael Detroit, looks forward to the new collaboration. “I can’t tell you how thrilled we are at Playhouse on the Square to be part of a creative process never undertaken here in Memphis. This debut production of May We All is the first time we’ve partnered up with our newcomers. friends of Lively McCabe, CuzBro Productions and BMG to create a musical that will eventually end up in Nashville and tour nationally. Our diverse local and national production and distribution team will bring a message of hope, humor to the stage and determination. “

Playhouse on the Square was ultimately chosen to produce the first production of May We All because of the theater’s long history of high-quality productions and collaborative staff. There is also a desire to tap into the music and soul of the homeland of blues and the birthplace of rock and roll. Memphis is always the start of the conversation when discussing the roots of American music. A number of country hits featured in the production are from artists with close ties to the Memphis area. Artists like Johnny cash and Conway Twitty historically kicked off their musical careers in Memphis at Sun Studios. Award-winning country sensation Chris Stapleton performed and recorded with his hometown star Justin timberlake Many times.

Memphis’ influence in music is not only relegated to the history books. With recent albums by Jean Mellencamp, Nathaniel Rateliff, Bruno Mars, and the new band Southern Avenue, Memphis claimed all genres of music for years to come.

To obtain tickets for the initial production of May We All, call the box office at (901) 726-4656 or visit the website, www.playhouseonthesquare.org. Follow social media using #MayWeMemphis. Group rates available.

Special price for opening weekend tickets $ 27. The Pay What You Can performance will take place on Thursday, January 27.


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