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28 September 2009 @ 07:17 pm
HOCKADOO! Memphis is wonderful!  
I've been waiting MONTHS to see this show! I don't think I could forgive myself for missing this show when it played at La Jolla Playhouse a while back... I was SO looking forward to this show going to Broadway. I was THRILLED when I found out it would be previewing the week I arrived - and what's more, it starred Chad Kimball, a favorite performer of mine from about 8 years ago (saw him in "Little Fish," "Into the Woods," etc.)

What I love about the show is that it's so heartfelt. It's basically a love story about a Memphis DJ and a beautiful young singer... of course, they're star-crossed (I wouldn't have my love story any other way!) Chad Kimball plays Huey Calhoun, the DJ that brought R&B music to the mainstream. Chad is WONDERFUL in the show... he has a gorgeous voice, but it's his heartbreaking acting that gets to me. I am SUCH a fan of body language and expressions and Chad is the master of heartbreaking / longing expressions. The way he looks at Montego Glover is just heartbreaking! And Montego Glover is absolutely radiant! Just beautiful and her singing is AMAZING! Together, they have so much chemistry - it radiates throughout the entire theatre.

Not going to mention too much about the show itself, since it's still in previews and not set, but I loved it... Really, I already think that it's one of the best shows on Broadway (and definitely my favorite playing right now!)

Got up the courage to stay after the show on Sunday (which I usually don't do...) I've seen Chad in so many things, but have never actually stayed to meet him. He was the warmest, sweetest man there is! He was incredibly sweet and humble and when I told him how many times I was coming to the show he did the Kevin Earley thing (when I first met him at 1776!) and said, "Don't spend too much of your money on the show, now." :) He reminds me so much of Kevin, it's unbelievable! But he stayed there patiently speaking with all the people who stayed to see him and was the very last one out of there... He stayed and made SURE that everyone who wanted signatures and pictures got them... he's BEYOND sweet and I absolutely adore him!

Montego Glover was a darling as well! In my previous post about the Flea Market, I mentioned that she promised me a photo with her at the photo booth.... but she never got called for the photo booth. :( When I saw her at the stage door she said, "Oh my gosh! I'm so sorry we lost each other this morning!! I had someone look for you - I told them you were a petite Asian girl, but they couldn't find you and I had to leave! Now we can have our picture!" :) She was SOOOO sweet! And on stage... off stage... she is absolutely beautiful! Breathtakingly beautiful!

Derrick Baskin was a sweetheart and when I mentioned to him that I took my first picture with him when he was in "Spelling Bee" he said, "WOW! That was a LONG time ago!!" He was SO sweet!! I loved him in the show and he was ABSOLUTELY adorable at the stage door!

Charlie Williams, who is a good friend of my friend Steven's was also the sweetest person!! He was ADORABLE and seemed so touched when I told him that Steven had mentioned him to me. He was SO adorable and so great in the show! :)

After all these years I finally got to meet Chad Kimball!! He was SOOO incredibly sweet!

Montego Glover was BEAUTIFUL on stage and in person!!

My picture with Derrick Baskin after Memphis yesterday... AND...

...my photo with Derrick all the way back from his "Spelling Bee" days!
(It was from 2004 or 2005... and I was like 20 pounds heavier than I am right now...) :P

And finally my photo with Charlie Williams!! He was ADORABLE!!!

What a special, special cast this is and what a special show it is!! Please go and see it,... it's honestly one of the best shows on Broadway right now... LOVED it SOOO much!!
Current Mood: enthralledenthralled
Sabine: Micki Kaisergartensabine10 on September 29th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad, it seems that you are having a nice! Thank you for sharing it. I loved to follow you and to look at the pictures! Big hugs and much love to you, Sheri! :)
Sheri: Memphisshutterbug93 on September 30th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Sabine!! The show was just SOOO wonderful! The cast, the story, the music were all so special!!
ielkie: in the heights logoielkie on October 18th, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
I stumbled upon your site while turning Google upside down browsing Memphis related sites. I'm so happy to find more Memphis fans, because I'm getting tired of all the negative comments on various message boards.

I hope you get to see the show again very soon. It's truly a fantastic production and the cast is unbelievable talented. Thanks for your review and wonderful pictures. You gave me the courage to ask Chad Kimball for a picture during my next visit. :)
Sheri: Chad - Hockadooshutterbug93 on October 18th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment! I've actually gotten so tired of all the negativity on the message boards that I have stopped going there altogether.:P So I can understand what you mean completely!

I have such a love for the show and the cast... and hopefully I'll be able to make it back to NY sometime soon so I can see it again. If not, I'll have to live vicariously through others... which brings me to - do you mind if I add you? We MEMPHIS fans must stick together! ;)

And do ask Chad for a photo the next time you go to see the show - he's unbelievably nice and sweet (and send it to me for the fan site that I created for him!) I plan to have a section of fan photos with Chad as well. :)

Thanks again for your comment, always love hearing from other MEMPHIS fans! :D
ielkie: pic#94200356ielkie on October 20th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm very happy with the reviews. Too bad for all those negative forum posters, haha!

Sure you can add me, but I don't really write on LJ. Just use it to read stuff. :)

I'm seeing Memphis again mid November, can't wait! If I get a picture (fingers crossed), I'll send it to you. Love the website, by the way! If I have other Chad pictures to donate, can I send them as well?
Sheri: Memphisshutterbug93 on October 21st, 2009 05:07 am (UTC)
Thank you, I've added you! And I LOVE your icon!! The famous "Ain't Nothin' But A Kiss" pose! :)

I'm pretty happy with the reviews all in all as well. :)

Lucky you seeing the show again in mid-November! :) And I'd love to post any photos you may have of Chad on the site! Thank you!

You can email me anytime at: shutterbug93@hawaii.rr.com.

Thank you!!