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Memphis comes to Monroe in new local production

Memphis Musical
The Arts with Passion
Memphis Musical

The Arts With Passion is hosting showings of the Broadway musical Memphis on Friday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 23 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Monroe Civic Center Jack Howard Theater.

Memphis, written by Joe DiPietro, tells the story of white DJ Huey Calhoun and Felicia Farrell, a black singer performing in her brother's segregated nightclub and their part in the creation of the "Golden Age" of Rock & Roll.

After being fired from his department store job, Huey begins work as a DJ at a local radio station where he decides to play black music. This gains popularity at his job once his bosses see the ratings. After keeping a promise to Felicia and playing her song on the radio they enter into a secret relationship. This leads them to be forced to navigate the prejudice and anger that interracial couples suffered in 1950's Memphis.

Lagniappe: The Arts with Passion presents 'Memphis'

Tickets are available online at at $25 for general admission and $45 for VIP tickets. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $35$.

Originally from Monroe, Louisiana, Blaine McKeithen is a Communications major at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He plays the drums and spends most of his time making music with friends, along with music and video editing. He believes that his time is best spent creating things that can be shared with others.