1950s musical fails to shake, rattle, or roll at Dallas’ Theatre Three

A poor but plucky white kid in the segregated 1950s South struggles to integrate the hometown music scene. Kid’s white mom disapproves. Black father figure of loud-sangin’ friend disapproves too. But all too predictably, before intermish there’s “race music” on the radio and everybody’s ponying to the beat. Sounds like Hairspray, right? No, it’s Memphis, a lesser show on similar themes now playing at Theatre Three. The formula-bound Best Musical Tony winner by Joe DiPietro…

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