Broadway Shows: 2014 / 2015 Season
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 1420 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Ended 22 Jan 2012 after 4 days
This wildly entertaining show wonderfully captures the spirit of these seminal figures who would go on to change the course of popular music."
The Hollywood Reporter
Since it opened in 2009,Tony award winning Memphis has been lauded as the perfect musical, with catchy, original songs, a touching story, with heart and comedy and high-energy dance numbers that bring the underground R&B clubs of 1950's Memphis to life with marvellous aplomb.
With a book from Joe Pietro and the Music and Lyrics from David Bryan, Memphis is loosely inspired by the story of DJ Dewey Phillips, the first white DJ to play black music in the American South. Dewey is now Huey Calhoun, the all round nice guy, whose only passions include good music and the talented Felicia Delray. Against the backdrop of the turbulent cultural divide of the time, Memphis explores the beginning of the civil rights movements and how Huey and Felicia struggle against racial prejudice and the ambitions of their own careers, set to songs that are already modern classics!
At Delray's, a black underground rock 'n' roll bar, Huey Calhoun discovers the music that is to influence the rest of his life. Later, after loosing his job in a record store for playing black music, he is snapped up by a radio station who can see his potential and his selling power. He quickly becomes the most popular DJ in the area, and his championing of black music begins to break down social barriers and paves the way for a musical revolution!
David Bryan, who wrote the music for the show, is a member of the rock band Bon Jovi.
Opening night: 18 January 2012
Closing night: 22 January 2012
Memphis may be inappropriate for children aged 12 and under.
2 hours and 30 minutes, which includes a 15 minute intermission.
7 reviews, average rating: (4.3 Stars)
Totally amazed with the singing, acting and dancing of the entire cast. Se... more
Saw this musical yesterday and my friends and I where truly entertained!... more
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