He was more than ready for some Tony Award-winning material. At Porchlight Music Theatre, he's finally been handed some: the musical "Memphis. Each of the several times I've seen this musical — which still should not have beaten the far more innovative "American Idiot" for the big prize in — I've ended up enjoying it far more than I expected. It's not because this show, based on the life and times of a real-life eccentric Memphis DJ named Dewey Phillips, one of the first white radio personalities to play so-called race music for his young audience in the s, is innovative of structure. Not at all. You easily can poke holes in its book, its assumptions and its score although, to its credit, it does have a fully original suite of songs, as composed by David Bryan of Bon Jovi fame, unlike a lot of other shows dealing with this period. Penned by that savvy populist Joe DiPietro, a man whom Broadway constantly has underestimated, "Memphis " somehow just works every time, in venues big and small. It has to do with its lack of pretension, its determination to be mainstream and a good time for everybody, and its surprisingly infectious brand of hope. This is a show that deals explicitly by the standards of Broadway musicals of the early aughts with racism. Along with the open-hearted but flawed white protagonist, here fictionalized as Huey "Hockadoo" Calhoun, the piece also focuses intensely and honestly on the struggles of Felicia, a hugely talented young African-American performer who wants to pursue her dreams of stardom in near-impossible circumstances.
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Yes, there are moments of predictable schmaltz and the ending is most definitely contrived, but the rest of Memphis is bursting with gutsy story-telling, convincing performances and exhilarating moments that more than make up for a bit of predictability. This is a performance hewn out of live flesh and blood. He is enchantingly partnered by the Felicia of Montego Glover, a thrilling singer and commanding actress. However difficult this Felicia is, you root for her every inch of her questionable way. The remarkably rich and raucous character-driven songs, by Bon Jovi cofounder David Bryan, lovingly capture the insinuating, earthy authenticity of rhythm and blues, gospel and early rock and roll without sounding derivative. The moody and inventive production has been put together with down-and-dirty elegance by director Christopher Ashley, choreographer Sergio Trujillo, set designer David Gallo and costume designer Paul Tazewell, who let the musical and dramatic and pop-up scenic discoveries peel off one another at a pace breathless and disciplined, original and authentic. When a singer lets loose - and, eventually, they all do - the vocal pyrotechnics come from deep within the storytelling. Book writer Joe DiPietro skillfully intertwines these stories. And with composer David Bryan they co-wrote the lyrics , the two have managed to create a dandy original score that is as tuneful as it is theatrical, the very essence of what a Broadway musical should be.
Memphis starts on a familiar note with a storyline reminiscent of "Hairspray" and "Dreamgirls","Memphis" eventually finds its own voice and beat, and wins over with its sheer enthusiasm and passionate performances. For the most part its careful balance of pure fun and character drama proves to be irresistible. The show's story is relatively simple. Its hero, Huey Calhoun, is a poor white guy who wiggles his way into one of Memphis's Beale Street clubs, where he falls head over heels for both the intoxicating rhythm and blues sound, and a young black singer, Felicia. It is loosely based on Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips, one of the first white DJs to play black music in the s. It played on Broadway from October 19, to August 5, Not bad for a show that some folks barely heard of! Unlike Dewey, Huey doesn't put Elvis on the air.