Memphis

What does it feel like to cry like a baby for 2 1/2 hours? It’s kind of painful for your eyes, and you use a lot of Kleenex. And your friends are often worried or surprised by your reaction. But if you are watching a deeply moving Broadway
show, and if this show puts on stage an amazing love story that hasn’t been seen in long, long time, and if this show is the 2010 four Tony Award winner Memphis, than it is pretty normal, trust me.

Memphis tells the story of Huey Calhoun, one of the first white DJs to air black music back in the 50’s, who falls in love with the talented African-American singer, Felicia. He tries to gain her trust by promising to air her record on his radio show, and eventually he does it (regardless of his boss’s protests). Felicia gains the attention of a New York producer, and Huey becomes instantly popular in Memphis, thanks to his shows (both radio and TV). But, as you can easily imagine—those were different times—a mixed couple was not well thought of, and the love between Huey and Felicia collides with the racists’ narrow minds. Inspired by the true story of DJ Dewey Phillips, who died at the age of 42 from heart failure (caused by his longtime abuse of alcohol and drugs), Memphis
is a musical that has to be seen.

The plot is catching and moving, and the great talent of the cast will leave you stunned. The dancers are really great, the 50’s costumes beautiful, and the two protagonists, Chad Kimball and Montego Glover, are absolutely astonishing,
moving and gifted with amazing voices.

The music is composed by Bon Jovi’s keyboard player David Bryan, and it’s stunning and involving. A mix of gospel, soul and rock’n’roll that will drag you inside this beautiful love story. Prepare your tissues!

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