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Memphis the Musical (2011)

Not Rated | | Musical | 28 April 2011 (USA)
Memphis is set in the places where rock and roll was born in the 1950s: the seedy nightclubs, radio stations and recording studios of the musically-rich Tennessee city. With an original ... See full summary »


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Joe DiPietro (musical book) (as Joe Di Pietro)


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Credited cast:
Todrick Hall ... Ensemble
James Monroe Iglehart ... Bobby
Betsy Struxness ... Ensemble / Double Dutch Girl
Paul McGill ... Ensemble
Chad Kimball ... Huey Calhoun
Bryan Langlitz ... Ensemble
Derrick Baskin ... Gator
Montego Glover ... Felicia Farrell
Tracee Beazer ... Ensemble / Someday Backup Singer
J. Bernard Calloway ... Delray Jones
Gregory Haney ... Ensemble (as Gregory L. Haney II)
Bryan Fenkart ... Ensemble
Michael McGrath Michael McGrath ... Mr. Simmons
Dan'yelle Williamson Dan'yelle Williamson ... Ensemble / Someday Backup Singer
Rhett George Rhett George ... Black DJ / Be Black Trio / Ensemble


Memphis is set in the places where rock and roll was born in the 1950s: the seedy nightclubs, radio stations and recording studios of the musically-rich Tennessee city. With an original score, it tells the fictional story of DJ Huey Calhoun, a good ole' local boy with a passion for R&B music and Felicia Farrell, an up-and-coming black singer that he meets one fateful night on Beale Street. Despite the objections of their loved ones (Huey's close-minded mama and Felicia's cautious brother, a club owner), they embark on a dangerous affair. As their careers rise, the relationship is challenged by personal ambition and the pressures of an outside world unable to accept their love. Written by Broadway.com

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Release Date:

28 April 2011 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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The play tells the fictionalized story of real-life DJ, Dewey Phillips, who served as the inspiration for Huey Calhoun. See more »


The Music Of My Soul
Music by David Bryan
Lyrics by Joe DiPietro & David Bryan
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Local Memphis DJ begins playing black music on "white stations."
10 August 2011 | by cottonlizbaSee all my reviews

I registered just so I could review this musical. The music is wonderful and I love the storyline which I won't go into as I don't want to ruin the plot for anyone else.

However, the male lead's, Chad Kimball, southern accent is totally wrong and even offensive to anyone living in the South. Inflections were on the wrong words and the pronunciation was even worse. I understand he was playing a comic role but the accent was so wrong that it took away from the role.

I am still giving this an 8 because I liked the idea of the musical, the rest of the cast, and the storyline.

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