BOSTON -- Derek St. Pierre is thrilled to be back in Boston on the first national tour of Memphis, playing the Citi Performing Arts Center Emerson Colonial Theatre now through Dec. 23.

"It's an amazing experience," said St. Pierre, a Boston Conservatory of Music graduate. "I love touring, but I am thrilled to be back in Boston, too.

St. Pierre is a member of the ensemble in the Tony Award winning musical, which features music by Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan and lyrics by Bryan and Joe DiPietro, who also wrote the show's book.

Taking place in the smoky halls and dance clubs of the segregated South in the 1950s, Memphis tells the story of a young, white DJ named Huey Calhoun who falls for everything he shouldn't including rock 'n roll and an electrifying black singer named Felicia.

"People love the show -- it is important and relevant and has amazing music," said St. Pierre.

For tickets visit www.BroadwayInBoston.com.

On the marquee

  • HOLIDAY TRADITION: Boston Children's Theatre continues its holiday tradition presenting the classic The Velveteen Rabbit for the fourth year. Featuring live actors, puppetry and magic, the show is about a young boy and his stuffed rabbit's quest to be real. Performances are at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 15, 16, 22 and 23, at the Benjamin Franklin Institute, 41 Berkeley St., Boston. $25 at 617-424-6634, ext. 222 or www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org.
  • ART SHOWS: The American Repertory Theater brings an adaptation of the Brother Grimm's fairytale Hansel and Gretel to holiday audiences Dec. 15-Jan. 6 in the Loeb Drama Center's Experimental Theater, 64 Brattle St. in Harvard Square, Cambridge. $15. Or ring in 2013 under the disco ball at American Repertory Theater's hit The Donkey Show, an interactive, disco-infused take on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, on Monday, Dec. 31, at Oberon, 2 Arrow St., corner of Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge. Doors open at 9 p.m.; show at 10 p.m.; post-show party to 2 a.m. Get tickets to both shows at 617-547-8300 or www.americanrepertorytheater.org.

Nancye Tuttle's email is nancyedt@verizon.net.