I became interested in Memphis - the musical when I happened to stumble upon it on Netflix. I liked it, enough that when the Blu-ray became available, I ordered it knowing the superior picture and sound would be much appreciated. I was not disappointed and loved it!
First, the technical achievement of filming a live stage show and presenting it with first rate sound is exemplary. The production crew succeeded in a big way. The performances by the actors is no less commendable.
Some don't like Chad Kimball's portrayal of Huey Calhoun (somewhat based on real-life DJ, Dewey Phillips). I get that, but I find him to be authentic in a goofy Gomer Pyle sort of way. With his optimism, humor, passion for music and indifference to race (in the 1950's), he is likeable. His manerisms take some getting used to, but so what? His heart and soul is really, well, the heart and soul of the show. Being the Felicia character is black and apparently has much more going for her than Huey does - and that she falls for him after seeing his passion and doing so much to realize her dreams, it isn't so unimagineable that they are drawn to each other. Not by a long way.
Montego Glover is phenomenal. She sings the pants off every tune she attempts. "Colored Women" is a definite highlight. The supporting cast is excellent too. There are many fine performances, right down to the last ensemble member. This isn't high-brow or sophisticated musical theatre, but it is extremely entertaining if you like good music, good acting and good story telling.
I had the good fortune to see the tour of Memphis recently, and it is even better than the excellent Blu-ray recording of the Broadway cast. If you get a chance to see it in person, don't miss it. The entire cast was awesome.