"MEMPHIS" OPENS ON BROADWAY

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“‘Memphis’ is not a comedy but it’s still a cartoon,” says Charles Isherwood.

I went on Friday night and I don’t disagree but I still liked it a lot. Excellent dancing, singing and acting — excellent performers and very good choreography (by Sergio Trujillo — who did chor for “Jersey Boys” as well). I found the basic story a bit facile and, unfortunately Danny Tidwell (my main reason for going) is not in it very much — he’s a dancer but has no speaking part — but still, it’s definitely worth seeing, especially if you like good singing, fun dance numbers that make you want to get up out of your seat, and a story that’s feel-good in a “Dirty Dancing” kind of way.

I’m out the door (Cedar Lake opens at Joyce tonight) but my review is coming soon — along with more pictures!

In the meantime, watch a good audio / slide show at the above NY Times link.

Above photos by Joan Marcus.

5 Comments

  1. I'll be in NYC tomorrow and I have tickets to see Memphis. I'm really excited to see Danny Tidwell (even if he's not on stage a lot) and it the show sounds like a lot of fun!

  2. Yes, the show is great fun, even if Danny's not much in it. I'll be interested to hear what you think!

  3. I'm back from NYC and seeing Memphis was the highlight of my trip. I love the show, yeah it's predictable but the cast was on fire! I loved the singing and the dancing and while Danny was on the stage all of my attention was on him. After all, I waited two years to see him perform and I was not disappointed. Afterwards, I was lucky enough to get a picture with Danny and and autograph, http://twitpic.com/mnihp. I gave him an uglydoll key chain http://shop.uglydolls.com/products/productdetai… The poor boy looked a bit puzzled at this gift, and I didn't get a chance to tell him that I have one and I tend to gift them to friends as I swear they're good luck charms. I'm sure he was wondering, “Why is this woman giving me this thing,: but being the polite person that he is, he thanked me.

    But back to the show, Memphis is a fun, feel-good show that had me energized hours after seeing it. I'm so glad I had the chance to see it.

    Jeanette

  4. SwanLakeSambaGirl

    That's so cool that you stayed after the show and met him! And very cute keychain :) I can totally see how that would bring good luck!

    Yeah, I felt exactly the same way. It's a cute feel-good show that was so much fun, even if the plot is predictable and a bit cliched. And even though Danny's not in it a whole lot, wow did he dominate when he was! Those huge jumps! I'm glad I saw it too.

    I just wish there could be a “Danny show” :)

    Thanks for your thoughts, Jeanette — I'm glad you got to see and meet him!

  5. SwanLakeSambaGirl

    That's so cool that you stayed after the show and met him! And very cute keychain :) I can totally see how that would bring good luck!

    Yeah, I felt exactly the same way. It's a cute feel-good show that was so much fun, even if the plot is predictable and a bit cliched. And even though Danny's not in it a whole lot, wow did he dominate when he was! Those huge jumps! I'm glad I saw it too.

    I just wish there could be a “Danny show” :)

    Thanks for your thoughts, Jeanette — I'm glad you got to see and meet him!

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