Memphis is set in the places where rock and roll was born in the 1950s: the seedy nightclubs, radio stations and recording studios of the musically-rich Tennessee city. With an original score, it tells the story of DJ Huey Calhoun, a good ole’ local boy with a passion for R&B music and Felicia Farrell, an up-and-coming black singer that he meets one fateful night on Beale Street. Despite the objections of their loved ones (Huey’s close-minded mama and Felicia’s cautious brother, a club owner), they embark on a dangerous affair. As their careers rise, the relationship is challenged by personal ambition and the pressures of an outside world unable to accept their love.
Memphis is set in the harshly segregated Deep South of the 1950s. Racial tensions have boiled to the surface again, triggered by street violence and persistent protests over police killings of black males.
The message of this musical about the power of music to unite people across seemingly unbridgeable divisions remains just as real, and vital, in 2019.
National Premiere of Memphis (School Edition)
VENUE: Duchess Theatre, Long Eaton
DATE: Thursday 18th - Saturday 20th July 2019