Memphis: A Review.
after seeing last sunday’s matinee of memphis, i can see why it won the tony for best musical. not that i’m not still supremely salty that it beat fela!, but i get it now. everything about it was unique and i applaud the american theatre wing for honoring that. the score was historically accurate and awesome (and ohemgee montego glover’s voice), the acting wonderful to watch (i’m pretty sure if i saw chad kimball walking down the street i would not recognize him. he completely morphed himself for this role.), the dancing amaaaaazing and the reminders of the racial climate evenly spaced out with just the right amount of gut punching. the romance aspect was adorable and gut-wrenching as well. i think what hit close to home the most for me was not just being a girl from the south and seeing stories passed down to me illustrated on the stage, but also the leaving vs. staying home theme of the show. memphis is wholly about breaking free of mores, and not just in the racial sense. breaking free and what it costs to do so. if you’re in ny, go see it (since fela! has closed, heavy sigh).