In the 1950s, interracial dating was so taboo that no one wanted to talk about it, actress and singer Felicia Boswell tells us. But it was happening. The Tony Award-winning musical Memphishas built its whole story around one such secret a white DJ in the American South in the 50s falls for a black singer, played by Montgomery, Alabama, native Boswell. Doing the story as musical theater, she says, enables them to get across some hard truths more easily. It reaches more people on a broader scale as opposed to being just a heavy dramatic film or a big, lengthy book.
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The music in the show includes underground blues and soul, and rock and roll, Boswell says. I think that it is a necessary story to tell. Its a beautiful love story. People dont know about this part of that history, the love stories, the behind the scenes. They should come and see this show because it changes lives. It still touches on a very sensitive subject even still today. Theres a parallel to my life even walking into a restaurant and being on a date with a Caucasian man; even in 2011 its still uncomfortable for some people. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through October 30. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. For information, call 800‑982‑2787 or visit www.thehobbycenter.org. $27 to $76.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 25. Continues through Oct. 30, 2011