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Memphis The Musical - Starring Beverley Knight & Killian Donnelly

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Read the rave reviews from London!





Memphis 5 Stars
"HOLD ON TO YOUR HATS!"

Quentin Letts, DAILY MAIL
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"MEMPHIS ROCKS WITH HEART AND SOUL!"

John Nathan, METRO

"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
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Memphis 5 Stars
"THE WEST END’S HOTTEST NEW MUSICAL!
KILLIAN DONNELLY IS A SUPERSTAR!"

Mayer Nissim, DIGITAL SPY
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"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
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"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
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"BEVERLEY KNIGHT combines charisma and power alongside a Sinatra-like
KILLIAN DONNELLY in this exciting take on a key moment in pop history"

★ ★ ★ ★ Michael Billington, THE GUARDIAN
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"It is staged with brio by director CHRISTOPHER ASHLEY, and galvanized by
terrific choreography by SERGIO TRUJILLO that's both energetic and thrilling"

Mark Shenton, LONDONTHEATRE.CO.UK
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"A LOVE SONG TO MEMPHIS.
THE DANCING IS AUDACIOUSLY GOOD"
★ ★ ★ ★ Kate Kellaway, THE OBSERVER
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Memphis 5 Stars
"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
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Memphis 5 Stars
"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 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
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"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
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"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
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Memphis 5 Stars
"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
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"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
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"BEVERLEY KNIGHT IS OUTSTANDING!"

Christopher Hart, THE SUNDAY TIMES

THE 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
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"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





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!'
Associated Press

'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!'

Bloomberg News

'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.'
The Record

'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.'
WOR Radio

'A KNOCKOUT!
With an infectious score, excellent direction, dazzling choreography and an engaging story,
MEMPHIS, QUITE SIMPLY, ROCKS!'

NY1 News

'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.'

Associated Press

'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.'

Associated Press

'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 SCORE
by 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