Another Tony Award winning musical opened at the Des Moines Civic Center Tuesday night. The hit show “Memphis” will run through Sunday, April 29th, with a total of 8 shows.
The actor who plays star character Huey, Bryan Fenkart, joined Channel 13 for an interview.
“The character Huey is based on Dewy Phillips, a DJ from the 50’s in Memphis who broke racial boundaries.” said Fenkart. He says Phillips started this revolution sort of by accident.
The character Huey also falls in love with an African-American woman, which back then was very taboo.
When asked about the musical styling’s Fenkart comments that it is “a style that’s not classic Broadway. It’s a lot newer and fresher. It’s all new songs, completely original music.”
He says it’s also a great way to maybe introduce youth to Broadway musicals. “You’re getting a much more rock mentality. I hesitate to say educational because I don’t want to deter them from coming, but it’s a great way to introduce them to what was going on during the civil rights movement along with the music of the times.”
“Memphis” will be at the Civic Center Wednesday April 25th through Friday April 27th at 7:30 p.m., Saturday April 28th at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday April 29th at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.