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MEMPHIS takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 1950s, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun (Chad Kimball, Tony nominee for Best Male Lead in a musical) fell in love with everything he shouldn t: rock n roll and an electrifying black singer (Montego Glover, Tony nominee for Best Female Lead in a musical). MEMPHIS is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever. Bursting off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love, this incredible journey is filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll. Also starring Derrick Baskin, J. Bernard Calloway, James Monroe Iglehart, Michael McGrath and Cass Morgan.

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"Enthusiastic interviews with the creators and cast, and a fascinating explanation of how the show was recorded and shot for distribution." --AV Club January 2012

"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

"In case you don t have a trip to New York on your schedule, and missed the brief theatrical run, you can now see the theatrical version on DVD, courtesy of Shout! Factory. It's well worth your while, not only for fans of musical theatre, but also for those interested in the art of recording live performances." --Popmatters.com January 2012

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Product Details

  • Actors: Chad Kimball, Montego Glover, J. Bernard Calloway
  • Directors: Don Roy King
  • Writers: Joseph DiPietro, David Bryan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout Factory!
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0060QSGJ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,888 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

And the sound quality is excellent on the DVD.
D. Levinson
Now I can watch it any time I want to and be transported back to when I saw it in the theater.
P. K. Thompson
This is an amazing cast in a moving and uplifting musical....what voices!!
SharperThanUsual

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JAZZY62 on January 19, 2012
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I saw this play on broadway not too long ago and was blown away by the acting and mainly the musical scores. There is a little bit of something for all in here, comedy; drama; sounds and sights. They were selling this DVD for $30.00 at the door so this is a steal! Next best thing to being there but if you get the chance go see the actual play.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By dovidal on January 29, 2012
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Did not see the Broadway production and was unfamiliar with the music....We loved it and highly recommend for viewing....the photography is at it's best and we had front row seats, no traffic or parking problems..wish there were more like this.......
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lorenzo M. in the Hollywood CA Area VINE VOICE on August 5, 2012
Theatre Review #43: " Memphis "

By Lorenzo M.

Yes, I understand why this production received the "2010 Best Musical of the Year Tony Award' - it was energetic, it was upbeat, it was passionate, it was colorful and it was fun! This current production at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood of Memphis - contains some of the most amazing vo
cal talent I have ever seen on a live stage.

Director Christopher Ashley (Director of the Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the first Broadways run of Xanadu) along with writers David Bryan (music and lyrics) and Joe DiPietro (lyrics and book) made a toe-tapping, hand-slapping, energetic musical based loosely on a real Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips who is one of the first white DJ's to play black music in the 1950's.

First I want to say - still not completely gone even today - racial discrimination was mean, sometimes brutal and often slow to change. This play makes a real issue very clear that there is always an upside to accepting people for who they are and what they believe in. Including love itself - and which love knows no boundaries, no limits and especially knows no skin color of any race.

The talent abounds in this entire production and let me start with Bryan Fenkart, playing Huey - the man who changed the `sound' of radio by introducing the white community to the `Soul' of Rhythm and Blues (and the heart of Rock'N'Roll!)! His spot-on southern accent, superb timing and acting chops and especially his vocal talents spark a musical explosion of emotions toward his love for a black woman and the music that moves his very own soul. He amazingly delivers the hysterically written song "Hello, My Name Is Huey"- and sets the tone of his whole mission.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tammy S. Kerr on January 28, 2012
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Simply Wonderful! I have never been to a broadway show, but this is as close as I've came to one. I would absoutely recommend this dvd for anyone who wants to see Memphis. I can't wait to see it in person!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RIZZO _*.*_ VINE VOICE on December 26, 2012
What a treat to have this performance on DVD! The Broadway Musical Production won four Tony Awards including Best Musical for 2010. The show played on Broadway from 2009 to 2012, and is currently touring.

The time is set in the 50s with Huey Calhoun, played by Chad Kimball, a white DJ, who loves the rhythm and blues sound, and he arrives against opposition, on the scene, to a black underground club to convince the black patrons that he is real and into soul music. Huey has an air of coolness to him, shows some swagger, and is white-boy suave. And, mainly, he knows how to sell records, He falls for the club owner's sister, making her own way into the music industry. Together, they have a mission.

From there, the story follows the love between a white dj and a black musician. The theme is about race relations of the time. There is one incidence of violence, but it is done without offending the audience.

It's clear to see why this musical won the Tony Award... with plenty of fun, lively songs, robust dancing, colorful costumes, and a very good storyline. I don't think there can be another Huey Calhoun, as the original Broadway performer, Chad Kimball was outstanding in the role.

The music is pure exhilarating rock and roll. The founding member of Bon Jovi, David Bryan was behind the musical production. This great Broadway musical is filled with music and dance.

The changing sets were very impressive, well done also. If you want a fun musical performance, try this one.....Rizzo
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Salyers on June 12, 2014
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This is one of the best musicals I've seen. I grew up in that era and it portrays it very well. Voices were outstanding!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard G. Price on June 28, 2014
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I watched this yesterday and was so moved by both the story and the music. Wish I could have seen it in person on Broadway but this is the next best choice if you did not see live.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CEG on April 26, 2014
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I saw the touring company of Memphis and had doubts that I would like it, but I loved it and that is why I bought the DVD. I watched it last night and enjoyed it as much as I did the touring company.
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