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Memphis: The Original Broadway Production [Blu-ray]
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"OK, time to stop kicking yourself that you didn t catch composer (and Bon Jovi keyboardist) David Bryan's 2010 Tony Award winner for best musical when it was tested out at Beverly s North Shore Music Theatre several years back. This definitive presentation was recorded live on Broadway at a series of performances last January and features Tony nominees Chad Kimball and Montego Glover at their boogie-down best." --Boston Globe January 2012
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Since we live on the west coast it is not possible to go to NYC more than every 2 years. I love the ability to watch this great musical whenever we want to. The music is fabulous. The acting is great. I am not sure what more you could want for less than $20 to own.
If you have the ability make sure you go to the Shubert Theatre on Broadway and see this musical in person. You will walk away singing the songs of this great musical.
First, the technical achievement of filming a live stage show and presenting it with first rate sound is exemplary. The production crew succeeded in a big way. The performances by the actors is no less commendable.
Some don't like Chad Kimball's portrayal of Huey Calhoun (somewhat based on real-life DJ, Dewey Phillips). I get that, but I find him to be authentic in a goofy Gomer Pyle sort of way. With his optimism, humor, passion for music and indifference to race (in the 1950's), he is likeable. His manerisms take some getting used to, but so what? His heart and soul is really, well, the heart and soul of the show. Being the Felicia character is black and apparently has much more going for her than Huey does - and that she falls for him after seeing his passion and doing so much to realize her dreams, it isn't so unimagineable that they are drawn to each other. Not by a long way.
Montego Glover is phenomenal. She sings the pants off every tune she attempts. "Colored Women" is a definite highlight. The supporting cast is excellent too. There are many fine performances, right down to the last ensemble member. This isn't high-brow or sophisticated musical theatre, but it is extremely entertaining if you like good music, good acting and good story telling.
I had the good fortune to see the tour of Memphis recently, and it is even better than the excellent Blu-ray recording of the Broadway cast. If you get a chance to see it in person, don't miss it. The entire cast was awesome.
The story line...GREAT. The costimes...GREAT. So glad I bought it.
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This is an excellent musical. Highly recommend it if you are in the the roots of Rock and Roll.Published 5 months ago by Roogle
I managed to see this play with no idea what it was about. I really loved it! I have seen many plays and this was one of my favorites. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ronald B. Moore
It was a christmas present for my daughter she seen the play when in NYC and loves itPublished 19 months ago by Frank Yacono
Am a lover of musicals and had never seen this one. It is very good and the performances and quality of the Blu-Ray are first rate. Almost like being in the theater!! Read morePublished 20 months ago by docg