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Ivoryton Playhouse welcomes Tony award winning playwright Joe DiPietro Friday, August 7!

Joe DiPietroThe Ivoryton Playhouse is delighted to announce that Tony award winning playwright Joe DiPietro will be attending the opening night performance of Memphis on Friday, August 7.

The Playhouse is a big fan of Joe’s work having recently produced I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, All Shook Up, The Last Romance as well as our upcoming Memphis.

"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change"

“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”

DiPietro’s first produced work was I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, written with composer Jimmy Roberts, which ran for twelve years (5,003 performances) off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre.

He followed that up with 1998’s comedy Over The River And Through The Woods, which played the John Houseman Theatre for 800 performances over two years.

"All Shook Up"

“All Shook Up”

DiPietro’s work made its Broadway debut in 2005 with the Elvis Presley jukebox musical All Shook Up.

The Toxic Avenger, written with Bon Jovi’s David Bryan, debuted off-Broadway on April 6, 2009, and won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical.

DiPietro and Bryan’s Memphis won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical. It ran at the Shubert Theatre for three years (1,165 performances) and continues in touring productions all over the country. DiPietro won Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Score, and the show also received the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical.

"The Last Romance"

“The Last Romance”

Nice Work If You Can Get It, a re-imagining of a Gershwin musical, starring Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara, opened at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre in 2012. The show, and DiPietro’s book, were nominated for Tony Awards in 2012, and DiPietro won the Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical.

Clever Little Lies, which ran in late 2013 at George Street Playhouse, is being eyed for a possible New York production. In addition, the musical Chasing The Song, which reunites DiPietro with Bryan, was workshopped at La Jolla Playhouse in the summer of 2014.

2014 also saw DiPietro reworking the Garson Kanin play Peccadillo into Living On Love, which starred the opera star Renee Fleming and was a highlight of the 2014 Williamstown Theater Festival.

Other recent plays include Creating Claire, which debuted at George Street Playhouse in 2010, and The Last Romance, which played the Old Globe in 2010 after debuting at Kansas City’s New Theatre in 2008.

Tickets for Friday, August 7 are still available. To purchase tickets to this performance or other performances of Memphis, please follow this link or call the box office at 860.767.7318.

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