by David Mendez
As the headline says, we've got two pairs of tickets that we absolutely need to give away for tonight's Broadway in Tucson performance of Memphis, a rockin', rollin' period drama we previewed two weeks ago ("From Tennessee to Tucson," City Week, Feb. 28):
The show, which won four Tony awards in 2010, centers around the story of Huey Calhoun, a white radio DJ in the segregated 1950s who discovers Felicia, a talented female singer who happens to be black. As Huey tries to showcase Felicia's talent via airtime on the radio—a dangerous effort during racially tense times—the two fall in love.
The production began its tour at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego and comes to Tucson after being on the road for about a year and a half, said Mario Di Vietta, Broadway in Tucson's marketing and sales manager. This will be the show's Arizona debut.
Di Vietta said the score, written by Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan, should appeal to all fans of rock 'n' roll.
"If you love music, if you love (a good) story and rock 'n' roll, this is going to be perfect for you," he said. "There are no slow parts; there's nothing that feels like you're watching a traditional musical. A lot of people love Bon Jovi, so if you love that type of rock 'n' roll music, you're going to love Memphis."
The tickets to tonight's 7:30 p.m. performance, set smack-dab in the middle of the front row, are going out to the first two people to come down to Weekly World Central, at 3280 E. Hemisphere Loop, between Country Club and Palo Verde Roads on Valencia Road.
See you soon, folks.