**** Highly Recommended **** In Memphis, Tennessee, most mainstream radio stations were playing the same old songs by Dean Martin and Perry Como. Meanwhile, the clubs on Beale Street were playing something called rhythm & blues, an exciting blend of blues, swing, country, jazz and soul. Although no one is exactly sure when/how R & B became rock ‘n roll, “Memphis”, Porchlight Theatre’s new musical, is one way it might have happened. “Memphis”, a rock and roll lover’s dream, had me dancing in my seat! 4 Spotlights
“Memphis” runs through June 10th at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago. Valet parking is available. Running time is 2 hours, 20 minutes, including intermission. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 pm; Fridays at 8:00 pm; Saturdays at 4:00 and 8:00 pm; and Sundays at 2:00 pm (May 13th, 20th, 27th, and June 3rd). There are weekday matinees on Wednesdays, May 9th and 16th, and Thursday May 24th at 1:30 pm. There is an open-captioned performance Saturday, May 12th at 4:00 pm. There will be no 7:30 pm performance on Thursday, May 24th. Tickets range from $38-$60. FYI (773) 777-9884 or www.porchlightmusictheatre.org.
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