Tony-Winning Musical Memphis Airs on "Great Performances" Feb. 24

News   Tony-Winning Musical Memphis Airs on "Great Performances" Feb. 24 The live film of the Tony Award-winning rock musical Memphis, featuring the original Broadway cast led by Tony Award nominees Chad Kimball and Montego Glover, airs Feb. 24 on PBS' "Great Performances."

Montego Glover and Chad Kimball
Montego Glover and Chad Kimball Photo by Joan Marcus

The 131-minute film will air at 9 PM ET. Check local listings or visit www.pbs.org. The Memphis DVD and other memorabilia can be purchased by visiting the Playbill Store.

Memphis was filmed in front of live audiences at Broadway's Shubert Theatre. Memphis has a Tony-winning score by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro. The film of Memphis previously debuted in cinemas across the U.S. April 28, 2011, and has been available for streaming on Netflix since July.

On film, the musical about an interracial love affair in the 1950s segregated South stars Tony Award nominees Kimball and Glover as a DJ and his muse, respectively. Bon Jovi songwriter and band member Bryan and DiPietro penned the score to Memphis, which is flavored with gospel, R&B, rock and soul sounds. 

Memphis earned Tony Awards for Best Book, Best Score and Best Musical. Kimball and Glover earned Tony Award nominations for their performances. (Adam Pascal now plays DJ Huey on Broadway.)

Songs in the production are "Underground," "The Music of My Soul," "Ain't Nothin' But a Kiss," "Everybody Wants to Be Black on a Saturday Night," "Make Me Stronger," "Colored Women," "Someday," "She's My Sister," "Radio," "Say a Prayer," "Big Love," "Love Will Stand When All Else Falls," "Stand Up," "Change Don't Come Easy," "Memphis Lives in Me" and "Steal Your Rock 'n' Roll."

Memphis opened on Broadway Oct. 19, 2009, at the Shubert Theatre under the direction of Christopher Ashley. Broadway previews began Sept. 23, 2009. The musical is also currently playing a U.S. national tour. 

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