Memphis: The Musical

Felicia Boswell reprises her role as a black singer in love with a white DJ in the 1950s for Memphis: The Musical. The show’s loosely based on the life — more, on the spirit — of mid-20th century DJ Dewey Phillips, who was responsible for bringing a black-sounding Elvis Presley to the segregated radio waves. The musical, by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan (yes, David Bryan, the Bon Jovi keyboard player), reimagines what might have happened, sort of, had Elvis been a black woman. (The show’s tag line is “His vision. Her voice. The birth of rock -n- roll.”) Think Hairspray without the drag or Dreamgirls without the diva-tude.

“It is a necessary story to tell. It’s a beautiful love story,” Boswell told Houston Press’s Margaret Downing during a previous stop in Houston. “People don’t know about this part of that history, the love stories, the behind-the-scenes,” Boswell said. “It’s imperative our children know about our history…to remind us of how far we’ve come and how much further we have to go.” The show won a fistful of Tony Awards — Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book and Best Orchestrations — when it first hit Broadway and is an audience favorite around the country.

8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice, Galveston. For information, call 409-765-1894 or visit thegrand.com. $28 to $48.
Fri., Nov. 29, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 30, 2 & 8 p.m., 2013

 
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