CHELSEA GARDNER | STAFF WRITER
Over fall break; I had the pleasure of seeing the Broadway musical Memphis in New York City at Shubert Theater. This musical is one of the best I’ve ever seen, hence the reason why it won four TONY awards in 2010. This play features a funky taste of life in the 1950’s. It has just the right amount of comedy, romance, and drama.
I didn’t take the opportunity to really review any of the plays before my adventure in the big city. So I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that we would be viewing a play with a predominately African American cast set in the 1950’s. The dancing, singing, and overall theatrics were thrilling. I was blown away by the performances and very pleased with the quality of the music. I particularly liked the songs, “Someday,” “Say a Prayer,” and “Stand Up.” Each soulful tune resonated throughout the audience and carried a heart-felt vibe unlike anything I had ever experienced before. The main characters, Felicia and Delray, managed to find a place in my heart as I watched them relentlessly chase their dreams. Each character brought something special and unique to the performance. Needless to say, I did not want the play to end.
I would definitely recommend this play to any avid musical lovers who really enjoy listening to the soulful sounds of old-school R&B music. This play takes you from the beginning of underground club music when it transitioned from Rock & Roll to R&B. It shows you how that genre of music shaped what we listen to today. In addition to the historical elements, this play addresses various touchy subjects such as interracial relationships, family issues, and racism. If you enjoyed Dreamgirls or Hairspray then you will surely find yourself in pure entertainment with Memphis. If you are interested in this incredible musical, that will have you on the edge of your seat, then get tickets for the January 3rd to the 8th showing in Charlotte at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. There will also be showing in Durham, NC on January 24-29. Check http://www.memphisthemusical.com/ for more details.