Raleigh Little Theatre offers the first locally produced staging of the hit Broadway musical, “Memphis,” opening Friday. The 2010 Tony Award winner for best musical is based on real-life disc jockey Dewey Phillips, one of the first whites to play black music in the 1950s. The score, by Bon Jovi band member David Bryan, keeps the show jumping and gives everyone in the large cast a chance to shine.
8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday (through Sept. 4). $27 (students/seniors $23). 919-821-3111 or raleighlittletheatre.org.
- Theatre Raleigh’s final show this summer is “Million Dollar Quartet,” the Broadway musical depicting the night in 1956 when Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley came together in the recording studio. Details at theatreraleigh.com.
- The Women’s Theatre Festival continues Saturday and Sunday at Raleigh’s Sonorous Road Theatre with “Music and the Mirror,” a dance revue demonstrating how choreography can transform storytelling. Details at womenstheatrefestival.com.