The stage musical Memphis might become a movie pretty soon, according to The New York Times. The announcement is set to be made on Monday. The movie will be produced by the Mark Gordon Company and Alcon Entertainment, while the screenplay will be written by Joe DiPietro, writer of the book and co-writer of the musical’s lyrics.
The musical tells the story of Huey Calhoun, a talented young DJ who loves black music, and soon becomes the victim of prejudice and hatred in a segregated America after he falls for African-American and talented young singer Felicia.
The music and lyrics belong to David Bryan. The stage production ran from 2003 to 2009 off-Broadway, and finally made its Broadway debut in September of 2009, under Christopher Ashley’s direction and using Sergio Trujillo’s choreographies. It ran until August of 2012, and won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical.
To see the musical before its cinematographic adaptation, search for Memphis: Direct from Broadway in DVD or Blu-Ray, for it contains a filmed version of the Broadway production which was captured on film in January of 2011.