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Artistry Presents “Memphis”

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Bloomington Briefing Published May 3, 2022
Updated on November 2, 2022

A musical inspired by actual events in the turbulent south of the 1950s, “Memphis” will have you dancing in your seat with irresistible music and lyrics by David Bryan, founding member of Bon Jovi.

Based on the story of a Memphis disc jockey, one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s, this is the thrilling tale of forbidden love of Huey Calhoun and Felicia Ferrell. Calhoun is a white radio DJ whose passion for music transcends race lines. Ferrell is a Black singer, talented and determined to share her voice. As their love of music and each other grow, their lives and communities intersect, causing encounters with prejudices that challenge them to reconsider their relationships, priorities, and dreams.

The show runs April 23 – May 15, at the Schneider Theater at the Bloomington Center for Arts, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road. For exact show dates, times and tickets, visit