Love, hope and rock ’n’ roll in ‘Memphis’ - East Valley Tribune: Performance

Love, hope and rock ’n’ roll in ‘Memphis’

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Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 9:00 am

From fashion to music, vintage is “in” these days. “Memphis,” the Tony Award-winning musical on stage this week at ASU Gammage, taps into that vibe.

The story is set in 1950s Tennessee, where a white, R&B lovin’ DJ falls for a talented black songstress. The couple must endure the disapproval of their friends and family and battle their own demons and fears. Although the musical deals with issues of race, the rock ’n’ roll score written by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan and Joe DiPietro gives this musical an upbeat persona, which ends on high note of hope and forgiveness.

Despite one scene involving a street beating, this musical is appropriate for all ages, states

DETAILS >> 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6; runs through March 10. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. $28.10-$143.55. (480) 965-3434 or

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