Saturday, April 24, 2010

Memphis the Musical - Our Birthday Treat

One you associate Memphis and music you think about Stax-Volt, Elvis Presley, and Beale Street. None of these three are depicted in this excellent Broadway show. My radio enthusiast friends would appreciate the references to fictional Memphis radio stations in the 1950s. The story is completely fictional, but does reflect the racial climate of the south during that time. Rhythm and Blues done by Black performers (the term Negro was used back then) was the precursor to Rock and Roll. Huey Calhoun played by Chad Kimball is a disk jockey who plays black music to a white audience. He falls in love with Felicia played by Montego Glover. Back then interracial dating and marriage was not accepted. The music and dancing were excellent. We were lucky to see two fantastic musicals this spring.

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