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Memphis

Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing, Delightful
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Members
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210 reviews
 

This musical tells the story of the beginnings of Rock n' Roll. It won four Tony Awards in 2010, including Best Musical.

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A music-loving mixed-race couple struggles to survive during the early Civil Rights era in Memphis. What happens when a 1950's Memphis DJ with white listeners decides to play African-American music? Is Memphis ready for it? Is America? The story was inspired by the legendary DJ Dewey Phillips and the music that became known as "rock 'n' roll".

 

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Reviews (210)

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88
Avg Score

88
Entertaining, Great singing, Catchy music

See it if you like 1950s-style music.

Don't see it if you're looking for a particularly unique plot. It's not a bad show, but it's not especially innovative.

68
Relevant, Cliched, Slow, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if If you want good music with good performances.

Don't see it if If you don't want to see a knockoff of Hairspray.

85
Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to see a entertaining and fun musical that addresses race relations and the power of music.

Don't see it if You are expecting a deep dive into racism.

85
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You can find a revival of it. It's such a good show that you are bound to leave the theater pleased.

Don't see it if You despise Rock n' Roll.

88
Ambitious, Intelligent, Resonant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you like an entertaining musical with great dance numbers, and a surprisingly meaningful book

Don't see it if you are not interested in original musicals, or do not enjoy shows that have race themes.

90
Original, Entertaining

See it if want to see something fun and entertaining

Don't see it if you aren't into this type of music

90
Original, Intense, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you're looking for an electrifying original musical with fantastic music and great choreography.

Don't see it if you aren't looking to see a play addressing racial issues.

86
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you are looking for kickass singing

Don't see it if you are looking for a light and easy show

78
Ambitious, Great acting, Cliched, Great music

See it if you like examinations of race and music

Don't see it if you’re tired of the White Guy Fixes Racism trope.

92
Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy an original score with wonderful singing and spectacular dancing.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy productions with racial themes. A white DJ falls in love with a black singer and brings R&B to the mainstream.

86
Original, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy original musical with early rock 'n roll music & dance.

Don't see it if you do not like stories based on history or early rock 'n roll music.

80
Original, Ambitious, Great acting, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if Great music that's fun. Leading actress was amazing.

Don't see it if If you like a show that has an ending.

87
Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You want to see an original musical that is light-hearted even as it deals with heavier content.

Don't see it if You are very much against the idea of interracial romance.

75
Romantic, Cliched, Dated, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy early Rock n Roll music. Want a romantic story with some deeper troubles. Want an good take on inter-racial relationships

Don't see it if You aren't interested in that era. You don't enjoy the Motown musical trend. Seems like the standard story with a different spin.

80
Exciting, Moving, Great music

See it if it's still streaming on Netflix. Or buy the DVD. It's really good. Maybe put on the subtitles and do a sing/dance-along. Also invite me.

Don't see it if you're planning to vote for Trump. This show will probably just piss you off.

78
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You enjoy shows built to represent a time in history

Don't see it if You dont like modern musicals

95
Original, Delightful, Relevant, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you love high energy, entertaining musicals with a message of open-mindedness

Don't see it if you prefer a straight play or experimental theatre.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Entertaining, Surprising

See it if Great show. Great Music. Surprisingly good. Absorbing. Relevant themes.

Don't see it if no reason not to.

85
Resonant, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if You love great dancing and great music from the head of the Rock and Roll era. Tells the story of a man who connects with music all his own.

Don't see it if You don't like soul music. If you enjoy classical musical theatre, then this show is not for you.

95
Original, Absorbing, Masterful, Riveting, Great writing

See it if If you love great stories with twisted endings, a great score, big voices, and an ensemble that makes your heart race just watching them;

Don't see it if If you're looking for something edgy or even campy; If you're a fan of only classical shows;

80
Relevant, Entertaining, Broadway: won 5 tony awards, Montego glover ('felicia') & chad kimball ('huey'), Underground clubs of the segregated 1950s

See it if I am so happy I saw this with the Orig. cast (2009) even though the show ran w/ replacements till 2012. Some casts have a magic & this DID!!

Don't see it if If U want your historical musical to contain "actual" songs from the era then U may have 2 skip it (go c MOTOWN), or racism is an issue 4u??

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if you're looking for a soulful musical with plenty of heart and a storyline that touches on race in the most deftful of ways.

Don't see it if bittersweet stories aren't your thing or if Chad Kimball's (intentionally) sqauwky speaking voice will drive you insane.

85
Clever, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy the music of the 50s along with a compelling view of the social issues of the day.

Don't see it if You are offended by black-white romantic relationships.

86
Relevant, Resonant, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to see a show about the early days of Rock and Roll and how things were. Great Music, Singing and Dancing.

Don't see it if you're not interested in the stories of early Rock and Roll, and how blacks began to be played on the main-stream radio.

85
Absorbing, Profound

See it if You want a new kind of love story

Don't see it if You don't love a good story