Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Little Bit of Broadway

Memphis
June 6, 2010
Only one week left until the 2010 Tony Awards show. There are lots of good musicals this year, so the little bits they give us from the shows should be lots of fun to watch. Today’s show has lots of nominations. Memphis is the story of the beginnings of rock and roll, getting it played on the radio, and what happens when you cross those invisible cultural taboo lines.

Songs
Act I
Underground - Delray, Felicia and Company
The Music of My Soul - Huey, Felicia and Company
Scratch My Itch - Wailin' Joe and Company
Ain't Nothin' But a Kiss - Felicia and Huey
Hello, My Name is Huey - Huey
Everybody Wants to Be Black on a Saturday Night - Company
Make Me Stronger - Huey, Mama, Felicia and Company
Colored Woman - Felicia
Someday - Felicia and Company
She's My Sister - Delray and Huey
Radio - Huey and Company
Say a Prayer - Gator and Company

Act II
Crazy Little Huey - Huey and Company
Big Love - Bobby
Love Will Stand When All Else Falls - Felicia and Company
Stand Up - Delray, Felicia, Huey, Gator, Bobby and Company
Change Don't Come Easy - Mama, Delray, Gator and Bobby
Tear the House Down - Huey and Company
Love Will Stand/Ain't Nothin' But a Kiss (Reprise) - Felicia and Huey
Memphis Lives in Me - Huey and Company
Steal Your Rock 'n' Roll - Huey, Felicia and Company

Music David Bryan
Lyrics David Bryan, Joe DiPietro
Book Joe DiPietro
loosely based on Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips, one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s.

Cast
Chad Kimball - Huey Calhoun
Montego Glover - Felicia Farrell
Derrick Baskin - Gator
J. Bernard Calloway - Delray Jones
James Monroe Iglehart - Bobby
Michael McGrath - Mr. Simmons
Cass Morgan - Gladys Calhoun

Tony Award nominations
Best Musical (nominee)
Best Book of a Musical, Joe DiPietro (nominee)
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre, David Bryan & Joe DiPietro (nominee)
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, Chad Kimball (nominee)
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, Montego Glover (nominee)
Best Direction of a Musical, Christopher Ashley (nominee)
Best Orchestrations, Daryl Waters & David Bryan (nominee)
Best Costume Design of a Musical, Paul Tazewell (nominee)

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