Merrillville High School Performing Arts Department


Memphis is set in the places where rock and roll was born in the 1950s: the seedy nightclubs, radio stations and recording studios of the musically-rich Tennessee city. With an original score, it tells the fictional story of DJ Huey Calhoun, a good ole’ local boy with a passion for R&B music and Felicia Farrell, an up-and-coming black singer that he meets one fateful night on Beale Street. Despite the objections of their loved ones (Huey’s close-minded mama and Felicia’s cautious brother, a club owner), they embark on a dangerous affair. As their careers rise, the relationship is challenged by personal ambition and the pressures of an outside world unable to accept their love.


The biggest hit on Broadway this year or any other year! See it even if you have to bribe somebody to get tickets.


Review by David Richardson from WOR Radio

I guarantee you a rambunctious good time!


Review by John Simon from Bloomberg

The sensuous, soulful sound of rhythm 'n' blues hits the audience right from the start of [this] exhilarating new musical now shaking Broadway's Shubert Theatre. Take a deep breath as the curtain rises because the exuberance doesn't stop.


Review by Michael Kuchwara from Associated Press

Don't hesitate before booking a ticket to 'Memphis'... Joyfully entertaining in musical and theatrical terms. The show could well turn out to be a surprise hit.


Review by Frank Scheck from Hollywood Reporter