In honor of the 100th performance of Memphis The Musical on Broadway tonight I’m sharing a few never-before-seen photos I took at the recording of the cast album at Avatar Studios in November, 2009. Congratulations to the entire cast and crew of Memphis for hitting a significant Broadway milestone!
Music Photography Notes
As you can see from the photos, the cast recording for Memphis The Musical was a lot of fun and a lot of work. At a time when “talent” can be manufactured in the studio, it was humbling (and amazing) to see real professionals at work. In over eight hours of straight recording, the cast of Memphis nailed song after song.
At first, I was amazed that ensemble was plowing through the score in just one or two takes; then, I was reminded that they’re used to nailing every note of the entire 2 1/2 hour performance almost every night of the week.
I shot almost entirely with ambient light using relying heavily on the 50mm f/1.8 at ISO2000 and 1/40 of the second. The 14-24mm and 24-70mm zooms were used to provide wider perspectives from time to time.