Memphis Musical – Sensuous And Soulful

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Shubert Theatre

225 West 44th Street

2 Hours 30 Minutes, one 15 Minute Intermission

October 19th, 2009 (Open-Ended)

Broadway Musical

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The new Memphis musical is a slick but formulaic entertainment based on an interesting concept by George W. George. The run time of the show is two and a half hours. It has opened on Broadway on October 19, 2009. However, it premiered at both TheatreWorks (California) and the North Shore Music Theatre (Massachusetts) during the season 2003-04. The lively music by Mr. Bryan of Bon Jovi competently simulates a wide array of rhythm and blues, gospel, and period rock. The show is in fact a fictionalized version of the real life story of Dewey Phillips, the Memphis D.J – a pioneering radio figure in 1950s. The musical dutifully evokes the specter of racism repeatedly.

What’s So Special About This Musical?

The energetic choreography by Sergio Trujillo and innovative direction by Christopher Ashley have competently explored the tension between whites and blacks of the period. But Memphis musical holds the attention mainly because of its appealing cast. Ms. Glover looks beautiful and poised and puts life into the character of Felicia. She sings with intensity and a focused clarity. Her Act I solo, “Colored Woman” is simply awesome. The romantic chemistry between Felicia and Huey is also worth a mention. The lead characters have got solid support from James Monroe Iglehart as Bobby, J. Bernard Calloway as Delray (Felicia’s protective brother), and Ms. Morgan as the sour and suspicious mother of Huey. The talented performers have done their best to infuse passion into the music by Mr. DiPietro and Mr. Bryan.

At various points in the Memphis musical show, Mr. Bryan has been very successful in lighting a fire under the songs by evoking the smooth harmonies of “the Temptations”, the hot guitar riffs of Chuck Berry, and the powerhouse funk of James Brown. The music - brand-new score by Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan - does live up to the hype. Running the stylistic gamut from classic rock to gospel to urban blues and supported by some well-crafted lyrics by DiPietro, all the tunes have the chart-topping potential.

The Production Team

The production team of Memphis musical includes some of the top-notch creative professionals in the industry. Christopher Ashley has directed the show. Sergio Trujillo is the choreographer. DiPietro and Bryan have provided the lyrics. David Bryan is the lead musician. Frank Hartenstein is the production stage manager. Fight direction is by Steve Rankin. Shawn Sagady has taken care of the projection design. Orchestrations have been handled by Darryl Waters. Kenny J. Seymour is the music director. Other credits include sound by Ken Travis, lighting by Howell Binkley, costumes by Paul Tazewell, and sets by David Gallo.

The exhilarating Memphis musical is now shaking the Shubert Theatre on Broadway. The show is a perfect example of how combining a compelling story with fine song and dance can create magic. You can View A Huge Selection Of Memphis Musical Tickets Online by clicking the link. So, you need not travel to the theatre and stand in the queue for long hours at the ticket counter. All you have to do is visit our website which is an authorized online ticket source and buy your tickets at special discounts.

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