FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR TONY AWARD® WINNING 'BEST MUSICAL' MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL
Casting was announced today for the West End production of hit Broadway musical MEMPHIS, which will have preview performances at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London from 9 October 2014 with Opening Night on 23 October 2014. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, MEMPHIS has a Grammy® Award-winning original score by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan and book by Joe DiPietro.
Led by multi award-winning recording artist Beverley Knight as club singer 'Felicia Farrell' and stage star Killian Donnelly as radio DJ 'Huey Calhoun', with Rolan Bell as 'Delray', Tyrone Huntley as 'Gator', Claire Machin as 'Gladys', Jason Pennycooke as 'Bobby' and Mark Roper as 'Mr. Simmons', the full cast of MEMPHIS will include Keisha Atwell, Arielle Campbell, Mark Carroll, Joseph Davenport, Momar Diagne, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Kimmy Edwards, Hillary Elk, Laura Ellis, Charlotte Gorton, Benjamin Harrold, Waylon Jacobs, Rachel John, Dean Maynard, Devon McKenzie-Smith, Tim Newman, Simon Ray-Harvey, Jon Robyns, Ashley Rumble, Kyle Seeley, Helen Siveter, Dawnita Smith, and Alex Thomas.
Inspired by true events from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, MEMPHIS follows the fame and forbidden love of a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break.
"David Bryan evokes the powerhouse funk of James Brown, the hot guitar riffs of Chuck Berry, the smooth harmonies of the Temptations and the silken, bouncy pop of the great girl groups of the period" Charles Isleworth, New York Times.
Directed by Christopher Ashley and with Choreography by Sergio Trujillo, MEMPHIS has Scenic Design by David Gallo, Costume Design by Paul Tazewell, Lighting Design by Howell Binkley, Sound Design by the Olivier Award-winning Gareth Owen and Musical Direction by Tim Sutton.
MEMPHIS is produced in London by Junkyard Dog Productions, Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff, Barbara Freitag, Joseph Smith and John Brant.
Tuesday 10 June 2014 18:00:00 BST
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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