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Posted on 02/27/2020
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A story of forbidden music and forbidden love bursts from the Weathervane stage with the Tony Award-winning musical “Memphis,” which continues through March 8.

The story about a quirky, illiterate white DJ with a big passion for the black music of the underground clubs and churches in 1950s Memphis is led by excellent actor/singer Adam Vigneault as Huey and vocal powerhouse Brooke Jai as his love interest, Felicia. They make a powerful pair as the story of Huey and Felicia’s growing love in a city divided by volatile race relations unfolds.

“Memphis” creates a positive message of racial unity through music as idealist Huey, through sheer force of personality and guts, ends up integrating the Memphis airwaves by being the first to play black “race music” on an all-white station. He does this by having black club singer Felicia sing live on the radio.

The story is loosely based on real-life DJ Dewey Phillips. “Memphis” won four 2010 Tony Awards and the original Broadway production featured costumes by Akron native Paul Tazewell.

Jai, a graduate of Firestone High School and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, is every inch the electrifying singing star with both her beauty and stylish R&B vocals. She wears a gorgeous array of dresses by costume designer Jasen Smith. Read more here >>.

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