[Theater Thursdays]: Memphis


[Editor’s note: As a performer growing up I am striving to expand my coverage of performances I enjoy. If you’re in Chicago and want to make a date for theater, dance, improv, the circus, dog shows, etc. I’m your girl. My goal is to educate on what I experience so if you’d like to see something added to my review format, speak up!]

I texted my best friend during the intermission of Memphis to say there were so many dance breaks I had easily lost count.  Labeling the comedic timing of Chad Kimball (Huey) and Montego Glover (Felicia) as ‘perfect’ feels like I’m underselling these performers. And you would never know J. Bernard Calloway (Delray) was making his Broadway debut – his delivery exuded seasoned professional.

As the ensemble performed the closing number you could see the enthusiasm in their eyes and their true love for the show and their craft. If you’re ever questioning whether you are in the right career, go see a show. Or speak with an actor. These individuals chose a path outside the 9-5 cube cycle so many fall into. They repeat the same show over and over again, but strive to deliver a memorable performance each time they take center stage. The excitement and passion in the closing number nearly brought me to tears.

Show: Memphis

Location: New York, NY – September 2011

Companions: Flew solo

Atmosphere: Sold out theater in the bustling area of New York City. Standing ovation from a crowd with young and mature theatergoers.

Overview: Turn up that dial…From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. 

The facts:
•    The Shubert Theater (open run)
•    Cost: $41.50 – $251.50
•    Tip: Good news Chicago friends!  Memphis is currently taking our town by storm through December 4. ($37-95) Get on it!

Recommended? A show that makes me want to dance, laugh and cry is a definite thumbs up. 


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