Monday, February 4, 2013

Review: Memphis the Musical


Memphis the Musical

Review by Lauren

Official Memphis the Musical Website

Currently, Huey is being played by Bryan Fenkart and Felicia is being played by Felicia Boswell

Website Summary: TURN UP THAT DIAL…From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, MEMPHIS is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break.

Review: If you live in or near Cincinnati, Ohio, then you have probably heard of The Aronoff Center. Every year, we get about seven different musicals. This normally goes from September to May, with other random shows inbetween and during the summer. 2012/2013 is the second year I have gotten season tickets, which means I get to see six out of the seven musicals, which is awesome, since I'm a big broadway fan. Last Sunday, I saw Memphis with my mom and we both highly enjoyed it!

The story was interesting, yet easy to follow, and you're sure to root for the main couple (Felicia and Huey) to get everything they want. It's a nice mix of slow-paced and upbeat songs (though the upbeat ones were some of my favorites!) My mom commented during intermission that Memphis was keeping her interest much more than other musicals we've seen. We tend to enjoy almost any show we go too, but like my mom said, some just capture you more than others. Memphis is definitely something I would be willing to see again.



My favorite character was definitely Huey because he's just so lovable. He has a good personality, adds a lot of the humor, loves music and his family, and more than anything, his home town of Memphis.

I've been meaning to do reviews of these shows for awhile, and I finally decided to go ahead and do so. I figure it will be nice to hear from others that have seen the shows or may want too...and if you haven't heard of Memphis, you should give it a shot. Is it coming near you soon?

10 comments:

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I will have to check and see if this is coming to Portland, it sounds really good.

Sam said...

This is my first time coming across this musical, and I definitely like the sound of it! Musicals in general tend to go down well with me. :) Great review!

Jasprit said...

I've never heard of this musical before, but I'm glad both you and your mum enjoyed it! I'm looking forward to more of your reviews on musicals now! :)

Eileen said...

Ooh I've heard of this production before! I've never gotten to see it (I rarely get to see any productions lately) but I definitely have to add it in on my long, long, long list of to-watch musicals! :) I'm glad you and your mom enjoyed it so much!

Erika said...

I have never heard of Memphis before; though that's not saying much...I know virtually nothing about musicals. :P

Brandi Kosiner said...

Felicia and Huey sounds great to root for.
Happy reading,
Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

Liviania said...

I don't think I've read a review of this show before - it's nice to hear a little more about what it's about!

I wish I had season tickets to any of the venues near me, but especially Casa Manana.

Giselle said...

Never heard of this before it sounds fun! I'm not huge on musicals myself but they can be really good if done right!

Charlene C said...

Oh I really want to see this! Glad that you enjoyed it. I've loved "Steal Your Rock and Roll" ever since I saw the performance on the Tonys. I'm looking forward to reading more of your musical reviews! :)

LHughes said...

My mom saw this and enjoyed it! I'll have to ask her again what she liked about it to see if she agreed with you that it holds you interest and has a nice blend of upbeat and slow songs. I love musicals, but it's been too long since I went to one. So it's fun to read your review so that I can keep a show in mind for the future!


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