Based on Lloyd Kauffman’s 1984 cult horror comedy film of the same name, the musical version of The Toxic Avenger opened in Brunswick, New Jersey, in 2008, followed a year later by an Off-Broadway production, which won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Off-Broadway Musical. The show has been mounted across the United… Continue reading The Toxic Avenger at NRACT Is Grand Fun, But Unpolished
Raleigh Little Theatre’s 2016-17 “Season of Discovery” opens with its first mainstage show, Memphis, an original musical with music and lyrics by David Bryan and book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro. The team also wrote the 2008 rock musical The Toxic Avenger, which opens October 7 at the North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre. Bryan… Continue reading Raleigh Little Theatre’s Memphis Is Major Fun, with Some Minor Flaws
Memphis, with book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music and lyrics by David Bryan, is a lively start to Raleigh Little Theatre’s 2016-17 season. With its first song, “Underground,” the tone and beat are set for nonstop music and patter. Young Huey Calhoun — who represents “Daddy-O” Dewey Phillips and “Moondog” Alan Freed, two… Continue reading RLT’s Memphis Is a Dynamic, Toe-Tappin’, Hand Clappin’, Jumpin’, and Jivin’ Experience
The charismatic characterizations and invigorating vocals of Bryan Fenkart, Felicia Boswell, and Kent Overshown pump up the volume of the exuberant National Tour of “Memphis,” much to the delight of Durham Performing Arts Center patrons attending the show’s eight performances on Jan. 24-29 in the Bull City.
“Memphis” takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50’s, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun [played by Bryan Fenkart] fell in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer [Felicia Boswell as Felicia]. “Memphis” is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever.