PHOTOS COURTESY OF KRAVIS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Music historians and lovers of 1950s-era sounds can turn up their radio dial, and tune in for a Broadway-style treat in Memphis the Musical, which is on stage April 7-12 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.
Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. In this show, theatergoers are taken along on their incredible journey to the
ends of the airwaves, and in the process ride waves filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll.
Memphis tells the story of Huey Calhoun, a white radio DJ who loves music in a way that surpasses strict racial boundaries of the segregated South in the 1950s. In Memphis, Tennessee Huey meets Felicia Farrell, a black club singer who aspires for greater acclaim. Huey falls for Felicia, and vows to help her realize her dreams and get her music into the mainstream, even though there are no prospects in site, and despite the racism of the era.
The show explores the underground dance clubs with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love.
Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Memphis played pre-Broadway at the La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, and features a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) and a Tony-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi’s founding member David Bryan. Get ready to experience Broadway’s most exciting new destination — what AP calls “The very essence of what a Broadway musical should be.”