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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Broadway’s Tony-Award Winning Musical MEMPHIS Closing

Filed under: Performing Arts — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 23:59

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Some horribly sad news was announced today as the producers of the amazing Broadway musical MEMPHIS¬†confirmed the show will be closing on August 5th. The musical won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical and has been seen by hundreds of thousands of people, owing partly to the theatrical release of a filmed version of the show that also was released on DVD in February. MEMPHIS¬†tells the true 1940’s story of a white radio DJ who was largely responsible for mainstreaming what was traditionally seen as black music and what morphed into rock ‘n roll through radio. In the process, he also fell in-love with an African American woman and pushed the boundaries of society’s traditional more of interracial relationships. The role of DJ Huey Calhoun was originated by Tony Nominee Chad Kimball (who was replaced in October of 2011 by Adam Pascal due to nerve injury) and the role of Felicia Ferrall was originated by Tony Nominee Montego Glover. The show originated at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego in 2008 before transferring to Broadway. Scroll below to read my review of MEMPHIS. It’s sad this show didn’t have a longer life…

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