Why See Memphis: The Musical?
The Tony-winning Broadway smash hits the TUTS
First premiering in Massachusetts and California during the 2003/04 season to great acclaim, Memphis arrived on Broadway in 2009, playing for three years and winning four Tony Awards (including Best Musical) in 2010. Praised as a "perfect musical" by the Chicago press in 2011, its catchy, original songs and touching story with heart and comedy combine with high-energy dance numbers that bring the underground R&B clubs of 1950's Memphis to life and give new life to reliving the early days of the civil rights era.
The true emergence of rock 'n'roll
With a book from Joe Pietro and music and lyrics from Bon Jovi's 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!
Opening night: 20 February 2018
Memphis may be inappropriate for children aged 12 and under.
2 hours and 30 minutes, which includes one intermission
2010 TONY AWARDS
Best Book of a Musical: Joe DiPietro
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: Music: David Bryan, Lyrics: Joe DiPietro, David Bryan
Best Orchestrations: Daryl Waters & David Bryan
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