Memphis – Theater Review
Set in the turbulent south in the 1950s, Memphis is the story of Huey Calhoun, a white radio DJ whose love of good music transcends race lines and airwaves. Thanks in part to his passionate persistence, “race” music reaches the center of the radio dial, quickly exploding throughout mainstream America. But when Huey falls for a beautiful black singer he has set on the path to stardom, whether the world is really ready for this music, and their love, is put to the test.
Pick of the Week!
Memphis is the new musical that literally is taking Broadway by storm. It’s got a huge cast, like 20-something people in it, and it purports to talk about the birth of the blues in Memphis, Tennessee, where a young white guy, whose name was Huey Calhoun, listened to black music. He failed at everything he ever tried, but he loved black music. I’m sure the plot is based on somebody who is real, but we don’t actually care about that. It’s just foot-stomping, finger-snapping fun. I thought that part of the reason I loved it is that it’s written by the same group that did Toxic Avenger, which is one of my favorite shows. It has the same irreverence , the same great music, even though they are very different styles. Basically, I compare this favorably to Jersey Boys, which you couldn’t sit still because you knew all the songs and you sang along. This one you don’t know any of the songs, but you wish you did. You’ll chair-bop as well. Five stars on this one. The whole cast is terrific, and you will have a great time. Okay, it’s about 15 minutes too long, but you don’t actually care that much. Five stars.