Photo by Heavenly Perspective Photography
(l to r) Lauren Jones, Phillip Morris, Leon Blandon, David Ridley, Curtis Reed
In its first regional Tennessee performance since its National tour, the Broadway smash hit MEMPHIS comes to Nashville. Street Theatre Company stages MEMPHIS as its premiere 2015 performance with its own edgy style. Music City is in for a treat: MEMPHIS showcases Tennessee’s music at its finest! Talented Nashville artists sing and dance to blues, gospel, southern soul, and r&b in this electrifying score, music directed by Randy Craft and choreographed by Bakari King.
The winner of four Tony Awards, including the award for Best Musical, MEMPHIS tells the story of Huey Calhoun (played by Curtis Reed) a young white DJ in 1950s Memphis who falls in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock-and-roll and an incredibly talented black singer named Felicia (played by Lauren Jones).
Lauren Jones (Felicia) remarked that MEMPHIS is about every “musician, artist, promoter or DJ who dares to make a stand,” whether that stand is for “the struggle to gain commercial respect and compensation for one's craft...despite the evolution of technology and the seemingly unfettered access to the miracle of music,” or perhaps for simply uniting people through the power of music, as Huey (loosely based on Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips) does when he boldly puts Felicia’s bluesy vocals on mainstream white radio. Bolder still, Felicia and Huey embark on a dangerous and forbidden secret love affair. “[MEMPHIS] tells the story of love through music during a time that seemed simpler yet was sordid with complications of the 1950s racial climate in segregated Memphis,” quotes Jones.
Cathy Street, Artistic Director and STC’s Founder, will direct the Tony-winning musical. Street chose the racially-charged MEMPHIS for STC’s stage, believing that “the [racial] issues that have been affecting us lately maybe show us that society hasn’t come as far as we thought,” and productions like this one “help inform and change where we go moving forward.”
Performances are March 13-29, with shows Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 5:00pm
In Residence at:
Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School
All tickets are Pay-What-You-Can!
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