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'Memphis,' The Musical

Actors from Raleigh Little Theatre's "Memphis"
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Actors Zak Casca and Aya Wallace in Raleigh Little Theatre's production of "Memphis."

Dewey Phillips made history in the 1950s as one of the first white radio disc jockeys to play music by black artists. He was opinionated, eclectic, and gained notoriety for being the first DJ to play Elvis Presley’s music on the radio.

Decades after his death, his life and career inspired the Tony Award-winning musical "Memphis." The production tells the story of Huey, a character loosely based on Dewey, and his quest to help a club singer named Felicia make her big break.

The production opens at Raleigh Little Theatre tonight at 8 p.m. and is on stage through Sunday, Sept. 4. Host Frank Stasio previews the production with director Patrick Torres, choreographer L.D. Burris, and actors Zak Casca and Aya Wallace.

Here's a trailer of a staging of the show in the United Kingdom:

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist, host, creator, and executive editor of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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