The supporting cast has its share of ringers too, from Rhett George as a man with an unexpectedly angelic voice to Will Mann’s perfectly attuned comic timing and beaming charisma in a mostly background role and Julie Johnson’s extraordinary singing chops as Huey’s mom.
Memphis is a stirring, immensely enjoyable piece of theater. Its score by Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan is about as generic as you’d expect considering the pedigree, and the book by Joe DiPietro isn’t terribly concerned with multi-dimensional characters or emotional subtext. But hey, as long as there’s this fantastic of a cast performing the show, those concerns will fade.
Memphis is on stage at the 5th Avenue Theatre through Oct. 7. Tickets are available for purchase online.