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Memphis: The Original Broadway Production

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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.

Review

"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 (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0060QSGJ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,695 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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I've been a fan of musicals for almost as long as I can remember. The first time I saw this, I came home raving that it's taken the spot of favorite musical ever. It's a beautifully done play, showing the history of rock & roll in the 1950's. Chad Kimball (Huey) and Montego Glover (Felecia) put on a wonderful performance, along with the rest of their cast. I've had the privilege of seeing this play live as well, with different stars & have to say that this is my favorite cast out of the ones I have seen. The music, written by David Bryan (Bon Jovi's keyboard player, for those not in the know), is the type of music that makes you want to get out of your chair and DANCE and despite being written in this century, it sounds very much like it came straight from the 1950's. Despite it's sometimes serious topic, it's a very fun show!
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I missed this show on Broadway when I was on a business trip in New York City. I lived with the memory of the Broadway poster! Then I found it on Amazon. It is excellent musical theater. I had a wonderful evening with the show, reminding me that no movie version of any musical can replace original theater. I wish we could have access to more live performance Broadway productions - musicals and plays. Performances in Memphis are excellent, the music is wonderful, the dancing excellent. You won't be disappointed.
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My hubby and I are so glad Amazon carries this fantastic movie of the Best Broadway Musical of 2010, "Memphis the Musical."
We watched it on PBS, got blown away with joy and amazement, ordered it right away, and now have seen it for the third time. It's very rare for us to watch anything more than once! We also like to re-visit some clips on YouTube.
I still marvel that the cast must perform at this peak-level talent and excellence for nightly performances and even matinees, well-captured in this video. My admiration for their thrilling performance abilities - and their stamina! -- just knows NO bounds!
Especially since ALL the material is superb - the songs and dances dramatically portray the 1950's themes of social injustice via radio stations' suppression of black music - and of course the big taboo against black/white romances. Our hero-DJ Huey Calhoun (the utterly awesome singer Chad Kimball, playing this sometimes goofy but very intelligent guy) tries to pioneer the breakthroughs in both the music and the relationships, at his great personal expense. There is sorrow, yes - but also hilarity and triumph galore! And it is hard not to love and admire every single member of this fun and fabulous cast.
This is an overall thrilling entertainment experience - a great story brought to dazzling life in a tremendous production!
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