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Memphis: The Original Broadway Production [Blu-ray]

4.8 out of 5 stars 130 customer reviews

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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0060QSGRC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,191 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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