I saw this show Sunday afternoon with a friend.....it was absolutely fantastic...…..if you have not yet seen it.....book it asap.....you do not want to miss this great show...….talented, great music, lovely voices...…….. ...
Genesius Theatre presents "MEMPHIS" Playing August 10th thru the 19th, 2018. TICKETS ON SALE NOW Tix & Info: www.GenesiusDifference.org
From the underground dance clubs of 1950’s Memphis, Tennessee, comes the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. MEMPHIS is filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical and two 2015 Olivier Awards, Memphis features a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro and a Tony-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. ...
FOUR QUESTIONS WITH: Apollo Loose as Mr. Collins and Mr. Simmons
What interests you about playing your character? As a protagonist in varying degrees, it is hard to be the bad guy all the time. In the first scene, as Mr. Collins (store owner) – I drop the n-word twice, which is something that’s no longer acceptable to say. But in my grandparents’ generation, that was just the world they lived in. Racial dialogue has come so far, yet this show also proves there is still a long way to go. The majority of my time on stage is as Mr. Simmons (radio station owner), and he sees the dollar signs. I think he knows rock-n-roll is more than a fad, and there is money to be made. Lastly, the nameless and violent racists ... these are not traits representative of all white people, but there were enough of them around to play a role in the show.
What has playing your character taught you about yourself? Mr. Simmons is not a bad guy, but I don’t think he taught me much about myself. His role in the show probably has more to do with opening the doors for Huey and Felecia.
What's your favorite line from the show? Mr. Simmons gets the new ratings, and his response is priceless. No spoilers, you have to come see it for yourself.
What do you think will surprise people about this show? Genesius Theatre brings legitimate Broadway productions to Berks County. This show puts so much song, dance, and scenery into such a tiny space. No other venue in the area has that special ability to WOW the audience, time and time again. I love being a part of this wonderful experience whenever I take the stage.
Come learn more about Messrs. Collins and Simmons (and Apollo) when Genesius Theatre presents "MEMPHIS" Playing August 10th thru the 19th, 2018. TICKETS ON SALE NOW Tix & Info: www.GenesiusDifference.org...
FOUR QUESTIONS WITH: Emily Rhinehart as Gladys Calhoun
What interests you about playing your character? This is a very tough question for me to answer. In today’s political climate and society, the role I play represents views and opinions that are completely at odds with who I am as a person. She operates from a place of fear and ignorance, which I guess in her case is more understandable, as this story takes places years ago. But that fear and ignorance is still very strong in a lot of people today. So what interests me the most is her journey which opens her mind and changes her abhorrent views about racism.
What has playing your character taught you about yourself? I haven’t learned any specific lessons from Gladys, but it’s made me incredibly grateful that I grew up with an open mind and heart.
What's your favorite line from the show? When Gladys tells Simmons to “shut up."
What do you think will surprise people about this show? Hopefully, people will see that unfortunately, the racism that existed in the 1950’s is still very relevant today.
Come learn more about Gladys Calhoun (and Emily) when Genesius Theatre presents "MEMPHIS" Playing August 10th thru the 19th, 2018. TICKETS ON SALE NOW Tix & Info: www.GenesiusDifference.org...
Racism is defined by Merriam-Webster as “racial prejudice or discrimination.” We’ve all seen it in action, especially in our current political climate, but this has been an issue in America as long as we’ve been a nation.
But love doesn’t understand boundaries. Love wants to grow, and be recognized, and make itself known. And when that love exists between a white man and a black woman, especially in the south in the 1950’s, it’s not necessarily welcome. It can’t announce itself and walk the streets hand in hand.
Felicia Farrell and Huey Calhoun find themselves caught in the tide of love ... and racism. See where they end up when Genesius Theatre presents "MEMPHIS" Playing August 10th thru the 19th, 2018. TICKETS ON SALE NOW Tix & Info: www.GenesiusDifference.org...
FOUR QUESTIONS WITH: DeShaun Williams as Delray Farrell
What interests you about playing your character? What interests me the most about playing Delray is the commanding presence he brings to the show. He's traditionally a big guy with a strong bass voice, and that kind of person makes people nervous. I like that I get to be challenged with bringing that sort of presence on stage. It may just be my most challenging role yet.
What has playing your character taught you about yourself? My role has taught me to be a better lookout for my sisters. Delray has one sister, but I have four, so I can really relate to how Delray acts when it comes to his sister's protection.
What's your favorite line from the show? My favorite line may just be, "Ain't no white folks here - cuz they too damn scared!"
What do you think will surprise people about this show? I'll have to say very surprised in general. This musical isn't like Dreamgirls, where most of the populace have heard of it. Memphis is not as well known, but it packs a mean punch on its own. I feel like once people sit down and watch it for themselves, they'll understand the show's beauty, and want to tell others about it.
Come learn more about Delray (and DeShaun) when Genesius Theatre presents "MEMPHIS" Playing August 10th thru the 19th, 2018. TICKETS ON SALE NOW Tix & Info: www.GenesiusDifference.org...