MEMPHIS a new Musical

 First National Tour

MEMPHIS was written by David Bryan (music and lyrics) and Joe DiPietro (lyrics and book). It is loosely based on Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips, one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s. It played on Broadway from October 19, 2009 to August 5, 2012, and won four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.


Directed by Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, the first national tour began at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee in October 2011. Bryan Fenkart starred as Huey Calhoun, and Felicia Boswell as Felicia Farrell. Other cast members include Quentin Earl Darrington, Rhett George, Will Mann, Julie Johnson, and William Parry. The creative team included costume designer Paul Tazewell, scenic designer David Gallo, and lighting designer Howell Binkley.

photo ©2012 Daniel A Swalec


August 29, 2011 - January 16, 2013

Working for Juniper Street Productions and Alchemy Productions and again for Production Electrician Jimmy Fedigan from August 2011 thru January 2013, as one of three elec­­tricians responsible for moving the touring production of Memphis. As the Head Electrician, I was solely responsible for keepin­g the Electrics Department functioning on a daily basis. From advancing upcoming cities, to ordering supplies and scheduling work calls, my tasks week-in and week-out were varied but center around doing whatever is necessary to keep my department running smoothly. I was the direct supervisor of two touring electricians and 12 locals who safely moved $1.3 Million of lighting equipment in and out of a new venue each week.

Under the guidance of Production Electrician Jimmy Fedigan, I was given the opportunity to help lay out the production's lighting system. Included below are some of the specific paperwork I created prior to moving the touring lighting system on this beautiful production. Also included is a sample of the advance letter sent to the local head electrician three weeks prior to MEMPHIS loading into their venue, requesting information specific to the MEMPHIS National Tour.