Thursday, September 24, 2009

Memphis A New Musical Playing on Broadway

What do you get when you mix a popular young, black female singer named Felicia with a white radio disc jockey with a name of Huey Calhoun? You get a brand new musical named Memphis A New Musical, which is previewing in New York right now.

Inspired by actual events, this musical tells the story of the "underground clubs" of Memphis in the 1950's. We are witness to a very unique collaboration of these two talented people in the music industry as they each struggle to break out from the confining work atmosphere they both have. It seems that Felicia cannot break free from playing outside the segregated music clubs but Huey's great passion for music seems to take her music far and well beyond to audiences all over the country. In addition, their passion for each other will be put to the test during this early period of when Rock and Roll began.

Chad Kimball plays the role of Huey Calhoun and has been seen on Broadway in Lennon, Good Vibrations, Into The Woods and The Civil War. Montego Glover plays Felicia Farrell. Broadway credits include The Color Purple, Ragtime, Dreamgirls, Aida and Once on This Island.

Some of the other cast members include Derrick Baskin, J. Bernard Calloway, James Monroe Iglehart, Michael McGrath, and Cass Morgan. 22 additional cast members make up the balance of what I understand is one of the most "electrifying" ensembles on Broadway today.

Mr. Joe Dipietro has written the book and lyrics for Memphis A New Musical. He was last seen on Broadway in All Shook Up, and Off Broadway in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (a former long running Off Broadway hit for many years) and several other shows. He recently received the 2009 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off Broadway Musical for his work with David Bryan in The Toxic Avenger (currently playing at the New World Stages Off Broadway). Mr. Bryan is responsible for writing the music and lyrics for Memphis A New Musical as well. He is a Grammy Award-winning keyboard player and one of the original founders of Bon Jovi.

I am going to attend a preview performance that I have been invited to on Thursday October 8, 2009. When you work in the theater business like I have for over 32 years, you hear allot of things about shows in previews. Some are good, some not so good. Right now the word of mouth is that this show, Memphis A New Musical, is going to be one of the bright spots in this fairly new Broadway season. I will report back on the show right after I see it. I'm really excited as I've been following Mr. Bryan's career for a few years now.

Before I close, let me offer some free advice to anyone who might be interested in seeing Memphis A New Musical. Being an insider in the ticket selling business for a long time now, I often try to advise the public exactly how to obtain seats at a discount when attending Broadway Shows. In the case of Memphis A New Musical, this show looks like a real winner so far and probably will get great critical reviews. Hopefully it will start "selling out" all its seats. But right now the show is looking for people to fill up the seats, enjoy the show then spread the natural "word of mouth" about how great it is.

So if you think you might want to take a chance and catch a preview performance of Memphis A New Musical or even one of the shows after it opens to critic's reviews, simply consider giving me a call at Applause Ticket Agency (NY State License #71AP1001029). We are located right in New York City and know all there is to know about everything happening on Broadway. Be sure to mention the BFV ticket discount ticket offer. If you purchase tickets now I can get you the best seats at below the usual cost.

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