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May 24, 2010 11:44 AM

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Memphis Mojo

Montego Glover as Felicia Farrell in the Tony-nominated "Memphis."photo courtesy of Joan Marcus Montego Glover's work day consists of fan kicks, long leaps and lots of high notes--all in four inch stilettos. But the star of the new Broadway...

Montego Glover as Felicia Farrell in the Tony-nominated "Memphis."
photo courtesy of Joan Marcus
Montego Glover's work day consists of fan kicks, long leaps and lots of high notes--all in four inch stilettos. But the star of the new Broadway hit "Memphis" takes it all in stride. "I'm in heels the entirety of the musical," Glover says with a laugh. As Felicia Farrell, an African-American lounge singer in Tennessee circa 1950, Glover tackles her first original role, and it appears she's tackled it quite well. She's been nominated for a Tony award and tonight, with her co-star Chad Kimbal, Glover will be celebrated with a dinner at Double Crown hosted by the Everlon Diamond Knot Collection.

The diamond brand is participating because "Memphis" is a love story, but it also dissects racial tensions of the era as Felicia (Glover) falls head over heels for white radio jockey Huey Calhoun (Kimbal).

"Felicia and I are alike in many ways," says Glover, who grew up in Chattanooga, Tenn a few hours from Memphis. "We are both young, African American women from the South. Granted I grew up in the non-segregated South, but my grandmother, my great-aunts, my mother, my aunts were all people living there when it was segregated. So my history and Felicia's are very, very similar."

It's little surprise considering that Felicia was created with Glover in mind. "As an actor, it's so exciting because you start to shape and flesh out the character as oppose to the role already being established and you simply stepping into it," she says.

--Taylor Harris, Eye intern


Visit memphisthemusical.com for ticket information.
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