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Orpheum Theatre - Memphis

203 South Main Street, Memphis, TN, USA
Seats (approximate): 2438

The Orpheum Theatre is truly one of Memphis' most remarkable success stories; a theatre able to overcome a variety of adversities that ranged from several untimely bankruptcies, a devastating fire, the decay of downtown Memphis and the threat of demolition for the construction of an office complex. Yet the "South's Finest Theatre" rose above all this and is the premiere performing arts center for the Mid-South. In 1890 The Grand Opera House was built on the corner of Main and Beale Streets. The Grand was billed as the classiest theatre outside of New York City. Vaudeville was the main source of entertainment at the time and acts featured singers, musicians and magicians. The Grand became part of The Orpheum Circuit of vaudeville shows in 1907, thus the theatre became known as The Orpheum. Vaudeville at The Orpheum was successful for almost two decades. Then in 1923 a fire broke out during a show that featured a strip-tease artist by the name of Blossom Seeley and burned the theatre to the ground. In 1928, at a cost of $1.6 million, a new Orpheum was built on the original site of The Grand, but it was a different theater. The new Orpheum is twice as large as her predecessor and is opulently decorated. Lavish tasseled brocade draperies, enormous crystal chandeliers, gilded moldings and the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ are just a few of its new amenities. As vaudeville's popularity waned, The Orpheum was purchased by the Malco movie theater chain in 1940 and presented first run movies until 1976. Malco decided to sell the building and there was even talk of demolishing the old theater to build an office complex. However, in 1977 the Memphis Development Foundation purchased The Orpheum and began bringing Broadway Productions and concerts back to The Theatre. Fifty-four years had taken a toll on the "South's Finest Theatre". The Orpheum was closed on Christmas in 1982 to begin a $5 million renovation to restore The Theatre to its 1928 opulence. A grand reopening celebration was held in January of 1984, and it signaled the rebirth of entertainment in downtown Memphis. The Orpheum, which is managed by the Memphis Development Foundation, presents two seasons of Broadway tours. In fact, on an average annual basis, The Orpheum has presented more Broadway touring productions than any other theater in the country. In addition to bringing the finest Broadway Productions to the area, a wide array of entertainers have graced the Orpheum's stage including Cary Grant, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Kenny G, Chuck Mangione, Stacy Keach, Patti LaBelle, Robert Goulet, Dorothy Hamill, Harry Connick, Jr., Tom Jones and the Vienna Choir Boys to name a few. Two of Memphis' local arts groups, Ballet Memphis and Opera Memphis, also call The Orpheum home. The Orpheum Theatre, a non-profit organization, continues to flourish because of the generous support of the community.


Productions Production Dates
Something Rotten!
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 10, 2018 - Apr 15, 2018
Wicked - Munchkinland
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Mar 07, 2018 - Mar 25, 2018
An American in Paris
Musical, Original
Oct 24, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017
The King and I
Musical, Revival, Comedy,Drama
Sep 19, 2017 - Sep 24, 2017
The Sound of Music
Musical, Revival, Drama
Apr 18, 2017 - Apr 23, 2017
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Musical, Original
Feb 28, 2017 - Mar 05, 2017
The Illusionists
Special, Original, Magic
Music by Evan Jolly
Feb 10, 2017 - Feb 12, 2017
The Bodyguard
Musical, Original
Jan 24, 2017 - Jan 29, 2017
Jersey Boys
Musical, Original
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Oct 25, 2016 - Oct 30, 2016
Dirty Dancing
Musical, Original
Sep 13, 2016 - Sep 18, 2016
The Book of Mormon - Jumamosi
Musical, Original, Comedy
Mar 15, 2016 - Mar 20, 2016
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Musical, Original, Comedy
Feb 09, 2016 - Feb 14, 2016
Matilda The Musical
Musical, Original
Music by Tim Minchin; Book by Dennis Kelly; Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Jan 12, 2016 - Jan 17, 2016
Newsies The Musical
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Dec 08, 2015 - Dec 13, 2015
Pippin
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Roger O. Hirson; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Nov 17, 2015 - Nov 22, 2015
Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Musical, Original
Music by Richard Rodgers; New Book by Douglas Carter Beane; Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Oct 13, 2015 - Oct 18, 2015
Motown The Musical
Musical, Original, Drama
Jul 14, 2015 - Jul 19, 2015
Kinky Boots
Musical, Original
Music by Cyndi Lauper; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
May 19, 2015 - May 24, 2015
The Lion King - Gazelle
Musical, Original
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Feb 03, 2015 - Mar 01, 2015
Once
Musical, Original, Romance
Oct 28, 2014 - Nov 02, 2014
The Phantom of the Opera
Musical, Original, Drama
Sep 24, 2014 - Oct 05, 2014
The Book of Mormon - Latter Day
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jun 24, 2014 - Jun 29, 2014
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 2014
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Apr 22, 2014 - Apr 27, 2014
War Horse
Play, Original, Drama
Songmaker: John Tams
Mar 25, 2014 - Mar 30, 2014
Wicked - Munchkinland
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Jan 29, 2014 - Feb 16, 2014
Sister Act
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 03, 2013 - Dec 08, 2013
Flashdance The Musical
Musical, Original
Music by Robbie Roth; Book by Robert Cary, Tom Hedley; Lyrics by Robbie Roth, Robert Cary
Sep 17, 2013 - Sep 29, 2013
Memphis
Musical, Original
Music by David Bryan; Book by Joe DiPietro; Lyrics by David Bryan, Joe DiPietro
Apr 23, 2013 - Apr 23, 2013
Million Dollar Quartet
Musical, Original
Mar 26, 2013 - Mar 31, 2013
Anything Goes
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Feb 26, 2013 - Mar 03, 2013
Mary Poppins
Musical, Original, Spectacle
Feb 05, 2013 - Feb 10, 2013
Jersey Boys
Musical, Original
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Dec 04, 2012 - Dec 16, 2012
Billy Elliot The Musical
Musical, Original
Music by Elton John; Book by Lee Hall; Lyrics by Lee Hall
Sep 18, 2012 - Sep 23, 2012
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jun 05, 2012 - Jun 10, 2012
The Addams Family
Musical, Original
Music by Andrew Lippa; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Apr 24, 2012 - Apr 29, 2012
La Cage Aux Folles
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Mar 20, 2012 - Mar 25, 2012
Million Dollar Quartet
Musical, Original
Feb 14, 2012 - Feb 19, 2012
Irving Berlins White Christmas - 2011
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by David Ives, Paul Blake; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Nov 22, 2011 - Nov 27, 2011
Memphis
Musical, Original
Music by David Bryan; Book by Joe DiPietro; Lyrics by David Bryan, Joe DiPietro
Oct 14, 2011 - Oct 23, 2011
Les Misérables - 25th Anniversary
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Original French text by Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel; Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Sep 13, 2011 - Sep 18, 2011
Young Frankenstein
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Mel Brooks; Book by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Mar 08, 2011 - Mar 13, 2011
Shrek
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 18, 2011 - Jan 23, 2011
Dreamgirls
Musical, Revival
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Tom Eyen; Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Nov 30, 2010 - Dec 05, 2010
9 to 5
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Dolly Parton; Book by Patricia Resnick; Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Nov 02, 2010 - Nov 07, 2010
Wicked - Munchkinland
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Oct 12, 2010 - Oct 31, 2010
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Jun 21, 2010 - Jun 27, 2010
South Pacific
Musical, Revival, Drama
Mar 23, 2010 - Mar 28, 2010
Jersey Boys
Musical, Original
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Jan 27, 2010 - Feb 14, 2010
A Chorus Line
Musical, Revival, Drama
Sep 21, 2009 - Sep 27, 2009
Wicked - Munchkinland
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Jun 23, 2009 - Jul 12, 2009
Fiddler On The Roof
Musical, Revival, Comedy,Drama
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
May 05, 2009 - May 10, 2009
The Color Purple
Musical, Original, Drama
Mar 31, 2009 - Apr 05, 2009
Legally Blonde
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin; Book by Heather Hach; Based upon the film by MGM; Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin
Mar 03, 2009 - Mar 08, 2009
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 18, 2008 - Nov 23, 2008
Avenue Q
Musical, Original, Comedy, Puppets
Music by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez; Book by Jeff Whitty; Lyrics by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez
Sep 30, 2008 - Oct 05, 2008
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by William Finn; Book by Rachel Sheinkin; Lyrics by William Finn
Apr 22, 2008 - Apr 27, 2008
High School Musical
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 15, 2008 - Jan 20, 2008
Irving Berlin's White Christmas - 2007
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by David Ives, Paul Blake; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Dec 04, 2007 - Dec 09, 2007
The Lion King - Gazelle
Musical, Original
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Aug 20, 2007 - Sep 16, 2007
Legends!
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by James Kirkwood
Apr 17, 2007 - Apr 22, 2007
All Shook Up
Musical, Original
Fueled by the Songs of Elvis Presley; Book by Joe DiPietro
Mar 13, 2007 - Mar 18, 2007
Monty Python's Spamalot
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Eric Idle, John Du Prez; Book by Eric Idle; Lyrics by Eric Idle
Feb 13, 2007 - Feb 18, 2007
Sweet Charity
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Neil Simon; Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Jan 16, 2007 - Jan 21, 2007
Annie
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Nov 14, 2006 - Nov 19, 2006
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Jul 04, 2006 - Jul 09, 2006
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
May 30, 2006 - Jun 04, 2006
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Jan 17, 2006 - Jan 22, 2006
Movin Out
Musical, Original, Dance
Music by Billy Joel; Lyrics by Billy Joel
Nov 15, 2005 - Nov 20, 2005
Doctor Dolittle - 2005
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Leslie Bricusse; Book by Leslie Bricusse; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Sep 13, 2005 - Sep 18, 2005
Evita - 2004
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Jul 26, 2005 - Jul 31, 2005
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Mar 29, 2005 - Apr 03, 2005
Little Shop Of Horrors
Musical, Original, Comedy, Puppets
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Howard Ashman; Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Feb 15, 2005 - Feb 20, 2005
Hairspray
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 28, 2004 - Jan 02, 2005
The King and I - 2004
Musical, Revival, Comedy,Drama
Sep 20, 2004 - Sep 26, 2004
The Producers - Leo
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Mel Brooks; Book by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Apr 13, 2004 - Apr 25, 2004
Jesus Christ Superstar
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Mar 16, 2004 - Mar 21, 2004
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Jan 19, 2004 - Jan 25, 2004
The Lion King - Gazelle
Musical, Original
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Nov 24, 2003 - Jan 04, 2004
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Musical, Original, Comedy
New Music by Jeanine Tesori; Book by Dick Scanlan, Richard Morris; New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Sep 09, 2003 - Sep 14, 2003
The Full Monty - 2
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by David Yazbek; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by David Yazbek
May 27, 2003 - Jun 01, 2003
42nd Street
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Harry Warren; Book by Mark Bramble, Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Al Dubin
Feb 11, 2003 - Feb 16, 2003
Some Like It Hot
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Jule Styne; Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Jan 06, 2003 - Jan 12, 2003
Aida
Musical, Original, Drama
Oct 15, 2002 - Oct 20, 2002
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Sep 10, 2002 - Sep 22, 2002
Beauty & The Beast - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Linda Woolverton; Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice
Jun 25, 2002 - Jun 30, 2002
Saturday Night Fever
Musical, Original
Apr 16, 2002 - Apr 21, 2002
South Pacific
Musical, Revival, Drama
Nov 13, 2001 - Nov 18, 2001
The Phantom of the Opera - Music Box
Musical, Original, Drama
Mar 28, 2001 - Apr 22, 2001
Fosse
Musical, Original, Revue, Dance
Feb 20, 2001 - Feb 25, 2001
Fiddler On The Roof
Musical, Revival, Comedy,Drama
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Jan 09, 2001 - Jan 14, 2001
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Oct 03, 2000 - Oct 08, 2000
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Nan Knighton; Lyrics by Nan Knighton
Sep 19, 2000 - Sep 24, 2000
Parade
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Jason Robert Brown; Book by Alfred Uhry; Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Jun 20, 2000 - Jun 25, 2000
Titanic
Musical, Original
Music by Maury Yeston; Story and Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Apr 18, 2000 - Apr 23, 2000
Cabaret
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by John Kander; Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Feb 08, 2000 - Feb 13, 2000
Ragtime - 1999
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
? - Jan 09, 2000
Beauty & The Beast - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Linda Woolverton; Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice
Oct 21, 1999 - Oct 31, 1999
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Jul 30, 1999 - Aug 01, 1999
Jekyll & Hyde
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Leslie Bricusse; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Jun 15, 1999 - Jun 20, 1999
Miss Saigon - Second National
Musical, Original, Drama
Apr 13, 1999 - May 09, 1999
Footloose
Musical, Original
Music by Tom Snow; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Mar 02, 1999 - Mar 07, 1999
Victor/Victoria
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Henry Mancini; Book by Blake Edwards; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Feb 09, 1999 - Feb 14, 1999
Sunset Boulevard - Second National
Musical, Original
Jan 12, 1999 - Jan 17, 1999
Rent - Benny
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Dec 22, 1998 - Dec 27, 1998
Peter Pan
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Nov 10, 1998 - Nov 15, 1998
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Oct 13, 1998 - Oct 18, 1998
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Jul 21, 1998 - Jul 26, 1998
Annie
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Jun 02, 1998 - Jun 07, 1998
The King and I - 1997
Musical, Revival, Comedy,Drama
Mar 03, 1998 - Mar 08, 1998
The Phantom of the Opera - Music Box
Musical, Original, Drama
Nov 11, 1997 - Dec 14, 1997
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Aug 01, 1997 - Aug 03, 1997
Damn Yankees
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Apr 22, 1997 - Apr 27, 1997
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Musical, Original, Revue
Mar 11, 1997 - Mar 16, 1997
Carousel
Musical, Revival, Drama
Feb 11, 1997 - Feb 16, 1997
West Side Story
Musical, Revival, Drama
Jan 07, 1997 - Jan 12, 1997
Grease
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Oct 18, 1996 - Oct 20, 1996
Grease
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Sep 12, 1995 - Sep 17, 1995
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Jul 28, 1995 - Jul 30, 1995
Crazy For You
Musical, Original, Comedy
May 12, 1995 - May 14, 1995
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 1995
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Apr 11, 1995 - Apr 16, 1995
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Mar 07, 1995 - Mar 12, 1995
The Sisters Rosensweig
Play, Original
Written by Wendy Wasserstein
Feb 10, 1995 - Feb 12, 1995
Hello, Dolly!
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Sep 07, 1994 - Sep 11, 1994
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Aug 04, 1994 - Aug 07, 1994
The Sound of Music
Musical, Revival, Drama
Apr 08, 1994 - Apr 10, 1994
Evita - 1992
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Feb 11, 1994 - Feb 13, 1994
The Secret Garden
Musical, Original
Music by Lucy Simon; Book by Marsha Norman; Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Oct 05, 1993 - Oct 10, 1993
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Jul 30, 1993 - Aug 01, 1993
Camelot
Musical, Revival
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Jun 08, 1993 - Jun 13, 1993
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Mar 30, 1993 - Apr 04, 1993
Aspects Of Love
Musical, Original
Feb 09, 1993 - Feb 14, 1993
The Will Rogers Follies
Musical, Original
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Adolph Green, Betty Comden
Nov 10, 1992 - Nov 15, 1992
Brigadoon
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Aug 21, 1992 - Aug 23, 1992
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Mar 13, 1992 - Mar 15, 1992
A Few Good Men
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Aaron Sorkin
Feb 11, 1992 - Feb 13, 1992
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Oct 02, 1990 - Oct 07, 1990
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Jan 19, 1990 - Jan 21, 1990
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Jun 13, 1989 - Jun 18, 1989
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Nov 11, 1988 - Nov 13, 1988
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Oct 20, 1987 - Oct 25, 1987
Cats - Third National
Musical, Original
Nov 11, 1986 - Nov 16, 1986