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The Boston Globe

Theater & art

Stage REview

Performances drive ‘Memphis’ at reopened Colonial Theatre

Paul Kolnik

Set in 1950s Tennessee and loosely based on real-life Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips, a white man who championed rhythm & blues by black artists, “Memphis” never makes its protagonist, here called Huey Calhoun, a compelling character. Quirky? Yes. Sympathetic? Not so much.

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