In the musical, a guy named Huey Calhoun (Bryan Fenkart), who likes black music ends up in the wrong area of town at a black nightclub. He convinces them he likes their music, and isn't interested in anything other than promoting it, well except for Felicia (Felicia Boswell). She's a black singer, and sister of night club owner Delray (Quentin Earl Darrington), with whom Huey falls in love. His promise of getting her singing in the centre of the radio dial is the driving force of the first act. The sudden expansion of black music, now being called rock and roll, onto radio, TV, and the aftermath of the Huey/Felicia relationship is the subject of Act 2.
|Felicia Boswell and Bryan Fenkart |
Unfortunately, there isn't a fairy tale ending. Felicia's story has a happier finale than Huey's as she makes a career as a singer in New York. By trying to force too much, too fast change wise in Memphis Huey ends up losing all the progress he made professionally. Although I like to think he gets back on the right track at the end with a little help from old friends.
|Huey and cast in final scene |
|Felicia singing live on the radio|
(photo by Joan Marcus)