Justin Timberlake is bringing Broadway back to the big screen
Hollywoodnews.com: Justin Timberlake is interested in taking the Broadway musical “Memphis” to the big screen.
What exactly is “Memphis”?
For the non-New Yorkers “Memphis” is a musical by Joe DiPietro and Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan set against the early roots of rock and roll. “Memphis” follows the love affair and stories of a black Beale Street blues singer, Felicia, and a maverick white radio D.J., Huey Calhoun, who has an ear for the new sound.
“Memphis” opened on Broadway in October and was recently nominated for eight Tony Awards, including best musical. The show’s ingénue is Montego Glover who plays Felicia and is nominated for best leading actress in a musical. The L.A. Times thinks Glover has a good chance of trumping the category’s competition, particularly Catherine Zeta Jones who is up for “A Little Night Music” in the category.
Ironically, the musical received lukewarm reviews by critics upon opening. The New Yorker called it “an exciting experience, but – unable to recall a song, melody or a line of dialogue – you can’t quite remember what it was.”
The New York Times wrote “While the all-important music, by Mr. Bryan of Bon Jovi, competently simulates a wide range of period rock, gospel and rhythm and blues, the crucial ingredient — authentic soul — is missing in action.”
Page Six reported Timberlake’s interest in the musical.