Read the rave reviews from London!
"HOLD ON TO YOUR HATS!"
Quentin Letts, DAILY MAIL
"CHANGE IS A'COMIN TO THE WEST END!
Shaftesbury Avenue is now being lit up by this dynamic, recent Tony Award-winning US hit. It boasts
SOME OF THE MOST THRILLING VOCAL WORK YOU'LL
FIND ON THE LONDON STAGE in its roof-raising evocation of the birth of rock'n' roll"
Dominic Cavendish, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
"MEMPHIS ROCKS WITH HEART AND SOUL!"
John Nathan, METRO
"MEMPHIS ROCKS TO A BLUES AND
GOSPEL SCORE WITH ENERGY TO BURN!
(with) two stonking star performances from
BEVERLEY KNIGHT and KILLIAN DONNELLY"
Matt Wolf, LONDON EVENING STANDARD
"FULL OF INFECTIOUS FUNK AND POP TUNES
THAT WILL HAVE YOU DANCING IN YOUR SEAT!
MEMPHIS IS A HIT!"
Tufayel Ahmed, THE MIRROR
"A ROUSING SPECTACLE WHERE AUDIENCES WILL FEAST
THEIR EYES ON THE DANCERS AND EARS ON THE SINGING.
BEVERLEY KNIGHT IS SENSATIONAL!"
Henry Hitchings, EVENING STANDARD
"THE WEST END'S HOTTEST NEW MUSICAL!
KILLIAN DONNELLY IS A SUPERSTAR!"
Mayer Nissim, DIGITAL SPY
"TEN OUT OF TEN(NESSEE)!
Audiences won't be walking in Memphis, they'll be dancing, cheering and standing to applaud.
GET YOURSELF A TICKET NOW! "
Matthew Amer, OfficialLondonTheatre.co.uk
"POWERHOUSE PERFORMANCES, SENSATIONAL SONGS
AND DANCING THAT'LL BLOW YOU SOCKS OFF!
The Tony award-wining musical has landed at the Shaftesbury Theatre and raised the heat to become
THE HOTTEST SHOW IN LONDON!"
Richard Brownlie Marshall, THE HUFFINGTON POST
MEMPHIS PULSATES WITH AN EXPLOSIVE ENERGY
THAT REACHES EVERY CORNER OF THE THEATRE"
Paul Phear, SMOOTH RADIO
"IF YOU DON'T GIVE IT A STANDING OVATION THEN
MAYBE IT'S TIME TO GET YOUR HEARING CHECKED!"
"Beverley Knight combines charisma and power alongside a Sinatra-like
Killian Donnely in this exciting take on a key moment in pop history"
Michael Billington, THE GUARDIAN
"It is staged with brio by director
CHRISTOPHER ASHLEY, and galvanized by
terrific choreography by
SERGIO TRUJILLOthat's both energetic and thrilling"
Mark Shenton, LONDONTHEATRE.CO.UK
"A LOVE SONG TO MEMPHIS
THE DANCING IS AUDACIOUSLY GOOD"
Kate Kellaway, THE OBSERVER
"TOE-TAPPING TUNES, OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES AND
A STORY WITH REAL HEART - THIS SHOW'S GOT IT ALL!
Set in Memphis, Tennesee during 1955, this brilliant musical tells the story of
a key and exciting moment in music's history - the birth of soul and R&B"
Rianne Ison, BEST MAGAZINE
"MEMPHIS MESMERISES FROM HEAD TO TOE!
WHETHER YOU LIKE MUSICALS OR NOT, THIS ONE IS SURE TO GET YOU SMILING"
Tiffany Pritchard, LONDONIST.COM
"IT'S POWERFUL, LOADED WITH GREAT SONGS
AND IT'S A GARGANTUAN CROWD PLEASER
- making it one of the most exciting big-budget debuts the capital's commercial
musical scene has had for quite some time.
DAVID BRYAN'S SCORE IS MAGNIFICENT!"
Shaun Kitchener, ENTERTAINMENTWISE.COM
"IT'S AWESOME! GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!
CHRISTOPHER ASHLEY's direction is superb and DAVID BRYAN's music
and co-lyrics and JOE DIPIETRO's book and co-lyrics are just amazing.
THIS IS A FANTASTIC SHOW and if you like Rhythm ‘n' Blues then this has to be
YOUR 'MUST SEE' SHOW OF THE YEAR!"
Terry Eastham, LONDONTHEATRE1.CO.UK
"A BIG, BRASSY TUNE-FULL, DANCE-FULL,
SHOWSTOPPER-FULL BROADWAY MUSICAL!
Memphis should be celebrated for the return of the old-fashioned Broadway production number,
with the story repeatedly and thrillingly punctuated by a stage full of dancers
in inventive, colourful and exciting action"
Gerald Berkowitz, THEATREGUIDE.LONDON
"This new West End arrival is A PRODUCTION THAT PULSATES WITH INFECTIOUS ENERGY -
the frantic choreography is excellent throughout - and ultimately LEAVES ITS ROARING AUDIENCE ON ITS FEET
UNTIL LONG AFTER THE CAST HAS LEFT THE STAGE. KILLIAN DONNELLY and BEVERLEY KNIGHT deliver two
of the most exhilarating performances an audience is likely to witness this year"
Kevin Sherwin, BROADWAYWORLD.COM, WEST END
"The hugely-anticipated, four-time Tony Award-winning Memphis finally arrives in
London's West End in what proves THE STRONGEST AND MOST
EXHILARATING MUSICAL OPENING OF THE YEAR.
Leading the cast are the exceptional pairing of BEVERLEY KNIGHT and KILLIAN DONNELLY,
with TWO SUBLIME PERFORMANCES YOU ARE UNLIKELY TO SEE RIVALLED ANYWHERE THIS YEAR"
THE ARTS SHELF
"KILLIAN DONNELLY's big number, Memphis Lives in Me, is a show-stopper
that ranks as ONE OF THE MOST STIRRING ODES TO A CITY SINCE NEW YORK, NEW YORK.
It's one of several memorable tunes packed into DAVID ‘BON JOVI' BRYAN's original score"
Theo Bosanquet, WhatsOnStage.com
"THE BROADWAY TONY WINNER MAKES A TRIUMPHANT TRANSATLANTIC CROSSING.
MEMPHIS IS STUNNINGLY LED BY
BEVERLEY KNIGHT AND KILLIAN DONNELLY.
Best of all is the punchy choreography of SERGIO TRUJILLO, who makes the movement
both organic and flashy at the same time.
IT IS EXECUTED WITH QUITE DAZZLING SKILL BY A BRILLIANT WEST END ENSEMBLE"
Mark Shenton, THE STAGE
"BEVERLEY KNIGHT IS OUTSTANDING!"
Christopher Hart, THE SUNDAY TIMES
"BEST MUSICAL OF THE YEAR!
"With an outstanding score from Bon Jovi keyboard player, DAVID BRYAN,
slick direction from CHRISTOPHER ASHLEY and the incredibly challenging,
non-stop choreography of SERGIO TRUJILLO"
THE ARTS SHELF
"CHRISTOPHER ASHLEY'S PRODUCTION IS INESCAPABLY FABULOUS.
BEVERLEY KNIGHT's singing is absolutely stupendous – she can belt it out no probs,
but she also has tremendous nuance and restraint.
A REAL VOCAL TOUR DE FORCE"
Andrzej Lukowski, TIME OUT
"THE STAR OF THE SHOW IS
UNDOUBTEDLY KILLIAN DONNELLY.
He's heartfelt, dynamic, infectious, affecting. And he gets a cracking eleven o'clock number
(the best in the show) called Memphis Lives in Me, which he nails to the back of the gallery: white soul indeed"
Edward Seckerson, THE ARTS DESK
"A WONDERFUL SHOW THAT FIRES ON ALL CYLINDERS, AND DELIVERS
THE BEST PERFORMANCES
CURRENTLY IN THE WEST END"
THE HUFFINGTON POST
"KILLIAN DONNELLY IS ABSOLUTELY SUPERB! BEVERLEY KNIGHT IS MIND-BLOWING
IT'S TIME TO BOOK YOUR TRIP AND HEAD TO MEMPHIS!"
Amanda Keats, THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS
"QUITE SIMPLY, STUNNING!
MEMPHIS HAS BURST ONTO THE WEST END STAGE IN A KALEIDOSCOPIC FUSION OF
COLOUR, VIBRANCY, ELECTRIFYING MUSIC AND HIGH-ENERGY DANCE ROUTINES"
Lizzie Guilfoyle, INDIELONDON.CO.UK
"ONE OF THE BEST MUSICALS WE'VE EVER SEEN!"
Leanne Bayley, GLAMOUR MAGAZINE
"IF YOU'RE ONLY GOING TO WATCH ONE WEST END
PRODUCTION THIS YEAR, MAKE IT MEMPHIS!"
Chris Smith, YAHOO CELEBRITY
"QUITE SIMPLY, A TRIUMPH"
Christa Ktorides, DIY MAGAZINE
"A BRILLIANT MUSICAL"
BEAUTY AND THE DIRT
"EVERYTHING A STONKING MUSICAL SHOULD BE!"
Chloe Billington, FILMNEWS.CO.UK
"A FEEL-GOOD MUSICAL ABOUT THE BIRTHPLACE OF ROCK'N'ROLL"
Neil Norman, SUNDAY EXPRESS
"BEVERLEY KNIGHT AND KILLIAN DONNELLY'S
DYNAMITE TALENTS HAVE HELPED TURN
MEMPHIS INTO A HIT!"
Baz Bamigboye, DAILY MAIL
Read the rave reviews from Broadway!
'THE SENSUOUS, SOULFUL SOUND OF RHYTHM 'N' BLUES HITS THE AUDIENCE RIGHT FROM THE START OF THIS EXHILARATING NEW MUSICAL.
Take a deep breath as the curtain rises because the exuberance doesn't stop!'
'A fantastic evening that makes you think and feel as much as sing.
WHAT MORE COULD ONE ASK OF A NIGHT AT THE THEATRE?'
The Huffington Post
'I GUARANTEE YOU A GOOD TIME, highlighted by rousing music and singing, spectacular dancing, and even some shedding of tender tears. The musical numbers are irresistible - choreographer Sergio Trujillo has come up with original and incandescent dancing that no current musical, and very few past ones, could match. Add extremely inventive scenery, exhilarating costumes and incisive lighting, all this coordinated and magisterially deployed by Christopher Ashley's direction, and you have magic.
MEMPHIS IS TRIUMPHANT!'
'MEMPHIS EXPLODES OFF THE STAGE WITH A RHYTHM AND DRIVE THAT SOAR THROUGH THE THEATRE, CREATING A FEELING OF INSTANT JOY.
David Bryan has written a very strong score, with exuberant soul and rhythm-and-blues numbers.'
'MEMPHIS IS IRRESISTIBLE, INVIGORATING AND TRULY ENTERTAINING, WITH A PULSATING NEW SCORE.'
AM New York
'A bit of 'Dreamgirls' and 'Hairspray' can be found in this show's roots, but make no mistake, MEMPHIS is its own musical.
A POTENT REMINDER OF WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN FINE SONG AND DANCE COMBINE WITH A COMPELLING STORY.'Associated Press
'A SMASH!This inventive show has non-stop talent, remarkable songs and vocal pyrotechnics.
AN ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, EXTRAORDINARY SHOW!'
New York Newsday
'GREAT SETS, GREAT COSTUMES AND GREAT SONGS!
MEMPHIS is a musical you have to see! The entire audience shot to their feet at the end.'
'A KNOCKOUT!With an infectious score, excellent direction, dazzling choreography and an engaging story,
MEMPHIS, QUITE SIMPLY, ROCKS!'
'THE REMARKABLY RICH AND RAUCOUS CHARACTER-DRIVEN SONGS- by Bon Jovi co-founder David Bryan - lovingly capture the insinuating, earthy authenticity of rhythm and blues, gospel and early rock ‘n’ roll.'
New York Newsday
'The original score is as tuneful as it is theatrical -
THE VERY ESSENCE OF WHAT A BROADWAY MUSICAL SHOULD BE.'
'Director Christopher Ashley spins the imaginative choreography and excellent ensemble into a gleaming production.
MEMPHIS BLASTS YOU OUT THE DOOR HUMMING AND HAPPY!'
New York Daily News
'MEMPHIS has an innate energy, much of it supplied by Sergio Trujillo's propulsive choreography.
THERE'S A SINUOUS, SEXY QUALITY TO THE DANCING THAT PERFECTLY MATCHES THE MUSIC.'
'The gritty sincerity of Joe DiPietro's book coupled with David Bryan's infectiously melodic compositions under Christopher Ashley's dynamic staging, frequently threaten to tear the roof off of the theatre!
MEMPHIS IS BURSTING WITH GUTSY STORY-TELLING AND EXHILARATING MOMENTS.'Broadwayworld.com
'A TERRIFIC ORIGINAL SCOREby Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan,
which provides an expert pastiche of '50s-era R&B, rock and gospel.'
The Hollywood Reporter
'The moody and inventive production has been put together with down-and-dirty elegance by director Christopher Ashley, choreographer Sergio Trujillo, set designer David Gallo and costume designer Paul Tazewell, who let the musical, dramatic and scenic discoveries peel off one another at
A PACE BREATHLESS AND DISCIPLINED, ORIGINAL AND AUTHENTIC.
When a singer lets loose the vocal pyrotechnics come from deep within the storytelling.'
New York Newsday