The Fiery 1950s Heroine of 'Memphis'
and the actress who plays her.
By James Sanford
When she was cast in “Memphis,” the Tony-winning musical about the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll and the Civil Rights movement, Felicia Boswell insists she didn’t have to do much in the way of research. It was literally in her blood.
“There’s a reference made in the script to Rosa Parks, when Huey (the maverick DJ who breaks down barriers by playing “race records” and wooing an African-American woman) says, ‘Maybe there’s hope for us. Did you hear about that Negro woman in Alabama who refused to give up her seat on the bus?’ Well, Rosa Parks is my cousin,” Boswell said in a phone interview from a tour stop in Cleveland.
Her character in “Memphis” is Felicia Farrell, a Beale Street songstress who catches Huey’s eye and becomes his lover. Although the two Felicias may be separated by a 60-year gap, Boswell says they have much in common.
August 1, 2010 - montgomeryadvertiser.com
I spent my three years at Lanier in LAMP, and by the time I went away to college, I knew I wanted to be a writer.
I give LAMP the credit for that in a couple of ways: First, I learned very early on that I did not have a future in math or science. Thank you, AP chemistry, for really simplifying my career choices.
Authored by Gin Phillips (Sidney Lanier Class of 1993)
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