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Memphis: The Original Broadway Production [Blu-ray]

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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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"Overall this is a really sharp and vivid looking presentation that pops very nicely and should please lovers of live theater." --Bluray.com 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

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Product Details

  • Actors: Memphis
  • Directors: Don Roy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Shout Factory!
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0060QSGRC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,369 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By M. Bradley on December 25, 2011
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Having seen this on Broadway several times, I was glad to see this was now available via instant streaming on another site. I have already pre-ordered the DVD and can't wait for it to arrive. The instant stream is amazing. They really did a great job filming and you truly feel like you are there in person. It's also great to see the original Huey in the cast as I saw him perform the role before he left the cast for medical reasons. It's an amazing show live and an amazing show filmed.
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My husband and I have seen Memphis on Broadway twice and absolutely love it. This filmed version is extremely well done, capturing the feel of the live performance. You will not be disappointed.

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.
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This is an uplifting and heartwarming musical with amazing music. What really blows me away is the quality of the Blu-Ray and the digital surround track that puts you IN the orchestra pit. The sounds of the horn section lighting up the rear speakers is mind-blowing. Plug this into a great home theatre system and forget the world for a couple of hours and you'll be glad you did.
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Memphis is such a beautiful love story that lives within the racial confines in the South years agao. The acting is superb and the songs and singing are brilliant. Everone should view this film of the musical.
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I became interested in Memphis - the musical when I happened to stumble upon it on Netflix. I liked it, enough that when the Blu-ray became available, I ordered it knowing the superior picture and sound would be much appreciated. I was not disappointed and loved it!

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.
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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. I am so glad that the broadway production was put out as this DVD. Thank you! I am so glad to be able to watch it over and over.
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I saw this same show/cast live when it was in the small setting of the La Jolla Playhouse and lived it. One of the best musicals I've ever seen. This blu-ray repeats the theater experience. It puts you right up front as if you were really i the theater watching the live show. You can't miss with this. Wish they'd produce more live show productions.
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This is a story you will enjoy seeing and hearing again and again. The cast recording is magnificent and draws you in. While based on fact it builds to give great feeling and enjoyment. It is a show you will treasure.
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