Kingston, NY (PRWEB) August 02, 2012
Tonner Doll Company, a keystone in the collectibles industry for more than 20 years, plans to release their very first Broadway collection: The Memphis Collection. Inspired by the 2010 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Memphis, this collection will feature the stylish fashions straight from the stage, with all the quality and high standards of a prized collectible that Tonner has come to be known for.
The Memphis Collection is a milestone for Tonner Doll; not only as their first Broadway property, but also as their very first interracial doll couple. Tonner, known for their commitment to represent diversity, released their first gay doll, Andy Mills, in 2010, and very recently released and sold out of the edgy Zombie Boy (Rick Genest) figure.
“Jack (Tonner’s VP) and I went to see Memphis in February, and we were absolutely enchanted by the performance, the costumes, the dance and the music. We knew right away that this show would be a terrific venue for us,” said Robert Tonner, celebrated doll artist and company CEO.
“We are thrilled that Huey and Felicia will have a permanent home among the Tonner Doll collection,” Memphis producer Sue Frost said. “Memphis prides itself on seizing opportunities to break new ground in innovative ways and we are so pleased that the show will have its own tangible legacy in the form of these beautiful dolls.”
The Felicia figure will arrive on Tonner’s 16” Tyler Wentworth™ body style in the spice skin tone, and features a brand new head sculpt with rooted dark brown Saran hair, and painted brown eyes. She will come wearing her beguiling pale gold chiffon dress complete with delicate silver and gold metallic embroidered detailing, gold shoes and jewelry.
Huey will arrive on Tonner’s 17” Matt O’Neill body style in the Tyler skin tone, and is also a brand new head sculpt with molded hair and painted blue eyes. Huey’s authentic costume includes the polka-dotted jacket lined in black and white leopard print, black and white checked pants, and hip polka-dotted and striped shirt. His ensemble is topped off with his signature charcoal gray hat.
With hand-painted facial details, multiple points of articulation for dynamic posing, and Tonner’s noted quality craftsmanship, The Memphis Collection will be a must-have for any Broadway lover and collector.
Memphis features a brand new, Tony winning score with music by Bon Jovi’s founding member and keyboardist David Bryan and lyrics by Bryan and Tony-winner Joe DiPietro, who also pens the musical’s book. Directed by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, Memphis takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50’s, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. Memphis is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever.
One of the top 100 longest running Broadway shows of all time, Memphis will play its final performance on Broadway this Sunday, August 5th after 30 previews and 1,166 regular performances at the historic Shubert Theatre. In celebration, the Memphis dolls will be launched and available for pre-order as of August 2nd for $174.99 each. Memphis is currently playing to packed houses across the country as the U.S. national tour begins its second year. To find out where Memphis is playing in a city near you, visit http://www.MemphistheMusical.com.
The Memphis Collection will be available online at http://www.tonnerdoll.com as well as at specialty retail boutiques.
For more information, visit http://www.tonnerdoll.com and stay tuned to the blog for upcoming details on the release!
For more information on Memphis, please visit http://www.MemphisTheMusical.com.
About Tonner Doll Company
Headquartered in Kingston, New York, Tonner Doll Company, Inc. develops and markets high quality collectible Character Figures and Dolls like TWILIGHT, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Twilight, Gone With The Wind, The Wizard of Oz, DC Stars, Marvel Universe, HARRY POTTER™, and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, as well as fashion dolls such as Tyler Wentworth™, Antoinette™, Precarious™, and Cami & Jon™.