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GREAT PERFORMANCES: Memphis
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02/24/2012
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The story of a radio DJ in the 1950s whose love of music transcends racial lines and airwaves.

 


GREAT PERFORMANCES: Memphis
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FRI 2/24/2012

9:00PM on CPTV
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GREAT PERFORMANCES

MEMPHIS

Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best New Musical, Memphis turns the radio dial back to the 1950s to tell the story of a white DJ named Huey Calhoun (Chad Kimball), whose love of music transcends racial lines and airwaves. His romantic interest is Felicia Farrell (Montego Glover), a young black singer whose career is on the rise, but who can't make the break out of segregated clubs on her own. When the two collaborate, her soulful sound reaches radio audiences everywhere, and the golden era of early rock & roll takes flight. But as things heat up, whether the world is really ready for their music - and their love - is put to a test. With a Tony-winning book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) and Tony-winning score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan,the production is directed by Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys).


 
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