University of Memphis, Theatre Building, 3745 Central Ave.

October 5-7 and 12-14, 2017

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday

TICKETS: $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and non U of M students,

$5 for high school students; U of M students receive a complimentary ticket.

BOX OFFICE: 901-678-2576

The University of Memphis will open the 2017-2018 season with Nine, book by Arthur Kopit and music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. Nine won the 1982 Tony Award for best musical and the 2003 Tony Award for best revival. Performances run October 5-7 and 12-14, Thursday to Saturday at 7:30pm.

Nine is based on Federico Fellini's semi-autobiographical film 8 1/2. It follows Guido Contini, an Italian filmmaker grappling with a midlife crisis as he attempts to come up with a plot for his new movie. He is forced to balance the relationships between himself and his producer, his wife, his mistress, and the actress he wants for his film. Through flashbacks of his life, Guido discovers the content for his new film: a musical version of the Casanova story.
Nine was adapted into a star-studded 2009 movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Sophia Loren, Kate Hudson, and Nicole Kidman.

Nine is directed by Ostrander-winning director Stephen Hancock (Spring Awakening) with music direction by Jason Eschhofen and choreography by Jill Guyton Nee (Spring Awakening, Oklahoma!). This all-star cast is led by senior Tyler Vernon (Oklahoma!, The Sparrow) in the role of filmmaker Guido Contini. In the role of Guido's wife Luisa is Ellie Boisseau (The Sparrow). Guido's mistress Carla is played by Brittni Taylor Rhodes (Anonymous, Spring Awakening) and Guido's movie star muse is played by Emily McCormick (Anonymous). Grace Gibbons (Spring Awakening) rounds out the principle characters in the role of Liliane La Fluer, Guido's producer.