When: Fri., July 29, 7 p.m. and Sat., July 30, 2 & 7 p.m. 2016
The music of Led Zeppelin was used in a series of Cadillac commercials a few years back, which proves that rock & roll has been completely assimilated by corporate America. But in the early days of rock, it was the music of wild-eyed hillbillies and dapper young black men. David Bryan and Joe DiPietro return to those dangerous times in their rock & roll musical, Memphis. White rock fan Huey Calhoun frequents the black clubs of Memphis to feed his soul, and not just with music. He meets Felicia, a young singer, at Delray's, but Delray isn't very keen on his sister dating a white man. Fueled by his growing love for Felicia and his belief that this dangerous new music could bring together the black and white population of Memphis, Huey lands a job as a DJ and sets the city on its ear with his colorblind programming and wild personality. The Center of Creative Arts presents Memphis with a cast of high-schoolers and some select COCA alumni as its summer musical. Performances take place at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday (July 29 and 30) at Washington University's Edison Theatre (6445 Forsyth Boulevard; www.cocastl.org). Tickets are $16.