Memphis: A New Musical [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On August 15, 2002, a new musical opened on Broadway. Set in a large mid-American city several decades in the past, it told the story of a white person enamored with black music who leads a fight for integration centered on a television show and included an interracial romance, all of it set to ersatz rock & roll. On October 19, 2009, another new musical opened on Broadway about which exactly the same things could be said. So, what's the difference between Hairspray and Memphis? Well, for one thing, Hairspray, based on John Waters' 1988 film and set in Baltimore in the early '60s, was a broad satire, while Memphis, "based on a concept by George W. George," as the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On August 15, 2002, a new musical opened on Broadway. Set in a large mid-American city several decades in the past, it told the story of a white person enamored with black music who leads a fight for integration centered on a television show and included an interracial romance, all of it set to ersatz rock & roll. On October 19, 2009, another new musical opened on Broadway about which exactly the same things could be said. So, what's the difference between Hairspray and Memphis? Well, for one thing, Hairspray, based on John Waters' 1988 film and set in Baltimore in the early '60s, was a broad satire, while Memphis, "based on a concept by George W. George," as the credits state, and set in the title city in the early '50s, is achingly sincere, even if both stories are utter fantasies. For another thing, and more to the point in a discussion of the original Broadway cast album, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman's score for Hairspray was full of letter-perfect pastiches of the sound of pop
ock circa the early '60s, while Joe DiPietro and David Bryan's score for Memphis bears almost no relationship to its era. Composer and co-lyricist Bryan, the longtime keyboard player in Bon Jovi, appears to have done no research into the music of Memphis, instead contenting himself with writing a batch of mainstream pop
ock songs that could have come from any time since the Beatles appeared in the U.S. in 1964; at least a couple of them wouldn't be out of place on a Bon Jovi album. Even for a show that is telling a story with little relationship to reality, that seems like a major flaw. Chad Kimball, playing Huey, the rock & roll-besotted white boy intent on integrating Memphis on musical and personal terms, and Montego Glover, playing Felicia, a budding star and his love interest, throw themselves into their performances, as does the rest of the cast. That helps make things a little less silly, but Memphis still registers several rungs below Dreamgirls and Hairspray (and miles below Hair and Rent) as rock-oriented Broadway musicals go.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2010
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227980733
  • Catalog Number: 523944
  • Sales rank: 11,330

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Bryan Vocals
Kenny Seymour Musical Direction
Cass Morgan Vocals
Derrick Baskin Vocals
Chad Kimball Vocals
John Eric Parker Vocals
Montego Glover Vocals
Memphis Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
James Monroe Iglehart Vocals
J. Bernard Calloway Vocals
Technical Credits
David Bryan Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Liner Notes, Orchestration
Daryl Waters Orchestration
Lorraine Alterman Boyle Liner Notes
Shane Stoneback Engineer
August Eriksmoen Dance Arrangement
Jason Bell Back Cover Photo
Joe DiPietro Lyricist
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  • Posted October 17, 2010

    BEST MUSIC EVER!!

    I got to see the Broadway show Memphis on April 3rd, 2010 and i have to say that with the cast and the moving script.. the music is so inspiring and I think everyone needs to listen to the beautiful music! U must if u are a Broadway lover!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Music (at least most of it)

    First off, I am not a professional music critic, so my opinions are just that.

    I liked the show when I saw it a few months ago in NYC. It was toe-tapping and, although the acting was a little over-the-top, I felt like the entire performance was outstanding. This CD is exactly what I was expecting after seeing the musical live. It does not disappoint.

    The entire CD is good, but I find a few songs to be outstanding:

    1) Memphis Lives in Me
    2) Steal Your Rock and Roll
    3) Music of My Soul
    4) Love Will Stand When All Else Fails

    I prefer the slower and more soulful sounds of these songs, but, again, they're all good. Just not all of them are great.

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    Posted May 7, 2010

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    Posted July 30, 2010

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