by Anthony Chase
The musical Memphis will come to Shea’s on Tuesday for a one week stay. Critically acclaimed, the show won four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score for David Bryan and Joe DiPietro, Best Book for Joe DiPietro, and Best Orchestrations for David Dryan and Daryl Waters.
Memphis is an original story about the cultural revolution in America in the 1950s. The story takes place in the “smoky halls and underground clubs” of segregated Memphis, Tennessee. An ambitious young disk jockey named Huey Calhoun falls in love with everything he shouldn’t—specifically with rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. Calhoun is white.
Inspired by actual events, the show was a sensation when it opened on Broadway, where it is still running at the Shubert Theatre. The dancing and music are explosive and irresistible, and the central characters are marvelously compelling—and made Montego Glover, who still plays the leading role in New York, a star. From West Side Story, to Camelot, to Fiddler on the Roof, what’s not to adore about a thrilling Broadway tale of forbidden love with great music?
Memphis runs June 5-10, Tue-Thu at 7:30pm, Fri at 8pm, Sat at 2pm & 8pm, Sun at 2pm & 7pm. Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main Street, 1-800-745-3000).
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