**Read our original Memphis review (from October 2014), with Killian Donnelly as Huey Calhoun The Broadway transfer of Memphis to the West End's Shaftesbury has already posted closing notices and will end its run on October 31, a little over a year after opening there, before being followed next year by another transfer for Motown, a jukebox musical based around the back pop and soul catalogue of one of the greatest record labels of all time that brought numerous black American... Read more
Featuring an original score with gospel, rhythm & blues, and early rock 'n' roll fused with Byran’s own contemporary sensibility, Memphis follows the fictionalized life story of young, white radio disc jockey Huey Calhoon growing up in Memphis, Tennessee in the 1950’s. An unlikely hero with a great love of the music he hears in the black bars on Beale Street, Huey’s on-air antics and unstoppable enthusiasm for 'race records' creates a new white audience for African-American music. His personal life transcends the race line as well, when he falls in love with a beautiful black singer - with dramatic consequences.
Shaftesbury Theatre Venue Information
Our Review of Memphis the Musical
NOTE: CAST HAS CHANGED SINCE THIS REVIEW Our latest review of this show by Mark Shenton on 27 July 2015 can be found Here Just because something looks like a jukebox musical and sounds like one doesn't mean it is one, even if the title itself suggests it might be. Right now there's a Broadway show Motown that pays tribute to that legendary record label by performing some its greatest hits back-to-back, while Jersey Boys (both on Broadway and in the West End) repackages the hits... Read more