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Playhouse-Born Productions Give Back - La Jolla Playhouse Blog

Playhouse-Born Productions Give Back

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Since its run at the Playhouse in 2008, Memphis has gone on to great success on Broadway, winning the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical. The company is also sharing its success with hundreds of underserved New York public high school students through Inspire Change, a program that gives these young people the opportunity to see a Broadway show for free.

Through the generosity of its donors, Inspire Change provides students with an in-classroom educational workshop in which they meet a cast member and work with an experienced teaching artist in preparation for their Broadway visit. The students also receive transportation to the Shubert Theatre, a ticket to Memphis and a special post-show discussion with the cast.

To date, donors have generously provided funding for over 1,000 students to experience Inspire Change at Memphis.

For more information about Inspire Change, please visit


After making its 2004 premiere here at the Playhouse, the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys went on to play in dozens of major cities all over the world. This Saturday, the Las Vegas cast will be celebrating its 1,000th performance at the Palazzo by hosting a “Walk Like A Man” shoe drive.

Those who bring in a new pair of shoes to the Palazzo lobby will receive a complimentary ticket to the 6:30 performance. Each person can bring in a maximum of two pairs of shoes, and as many as 1,000 tickets will be distributed.

After the shoe drive, the Jersey Boys cast will deliver the shoes to the Boys and Girls Club of Las Vegas, which services more than 13,000 kids from ages 5 to 18.

We are so proud of the casts and crews of these productions for giving back to the community and spreading the joy of theatre!