J. Bernard Calloway
and Montego Glover
music”) on white radio. But this is a musical,
not a history lesson—Memphis puts you inside a
smoky Beale Street club, lets you feel the joyous
release of pent-up emotion as it was felt on the
dance floors, on the airwaves, and in the hearts
of young lovers who stood up to society’s taboos.
Kimball and Glover, who play the young
lovers, give Memphis that final element that
makes it truly special—that indefinable sense
that you are seeing a Broadway classic being
made. Bursting with talent, these are two stars
whose time has come and whose names you’ll
be hearing for a long time to come.
It’s not easy to take history and make it, too.
Memphis, under the direction of Tony® nominee
Christopher Ashley (Xanadu), does just that,
perhaps because all involved “decided to take
a risk,” in the words of choreographer Sergio
Trujillo, by infusing rock ’n roll’s story with a
“cool, hip, fresh” aesthetic, while preserving an
In Memphis, it’s a risk that’s paid o; with
Broadway’s newest hit. As WOR Radio says,
“It’s the biggest hit on Broadway this or any
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