American pop culture is a Frankenstein monster, pieced together by whatever backgrounds have merged within the nation's borders. But the appropriation of another culture is rarely a smooth feat. The Broadway musical Memphis tells the story of Huey Calhoun, a 1950s DJ on a mission to popularize black music, and Felicia Farrell, a club singer looking for her big break. The characters are fictional, but wouldn't be out of place in 1950s Memphis. Calhoun, a white DJ on the hunt for black talent, appears to be an amalgamation of such real-life music folks as radio personalities Dewey Phillips, Alan Freed and Sam Phillips, DJ and founder of Sun Records. This Tony Award winning show features the choreography of Sergio Trujillo, whose work appears on another popular origin story musical, Jersey Boys. The music was penned by Bon Jovi keyboard player David Bryan. The show runs through May 27 at the Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 1st Ave. Ticket prices vary. Visit DallasSummerMusicals.org for more information.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: May 15. Continues through May 27, 2012