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Memphis, The Musical

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"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!"

The Telegraph

Why See Memphis, The Musical?


Since it opened in 2009, Tony and Olivier award winning Memphis has been lauded as the perfect musical, with catchy, original songs, a touching story, with heart and comedy and high-energy dance numbers that bring the underground R&B clubs of 1950's Memphis to life with marvellous aplomb.

With a book from Joe Pietro and the Music and Lyrics from David Bryan, Memphis is loosely inspired by the story of DJ Dewey Phillips, the first white DJ to play black music in the American South. Dewey is now Huey Calhoun, the all round nice guy, who's only passions include good music and the talented Felicia Delray. Against the backdrop of the turbulent cultural divide of the time, that are transcended by the emergence of blues, R&B and Gospel into the mainstream, Memphis explores the beginning of the civil rights movements and how Huey and Feleicia struggle against racial prejudice and the ambitions of their own careers, set to songs that are already modern classics!

Starring queen of British soul, Beverly Knight and West End fave Killian Donnely (until July 6th only), Memphis, The Musical is definitely going to be one of the highlights of this Autumn.

What is Memphis about?

At Delray's, a black underground rock and roll bar, Huey Calhoun discovers the music that is to influence the rest of his life. Later, after loosing his job in a record store for playing black music, he is snapped up by a radio station who can see his potential and his selling power. He quickly becomes the most popular DJ in the area, and his championing of black music begins to break down social barriers and paves the way for a musical revolution!

Did you know?

David Bryan is pretty well known already as one of the founders of Bon Jovi!

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Additional Information


Previews from: 9 October 2014

Opening night: 23 October 2014


Memphis, The Musical is suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards

Run time

Two hours 30 minutes with one interval

And before you stop reading

Please note that Beverley Knight is NOT scheduled to perform at Monday evening or Wednesday matinee performances. Rachel John will take over the role at these performances. The role of Felicia will be played by Rachel John on Monday Eve, Wed Mat & on holiday dates. Killian Donnelly will not perform the role of Huey on Thursday evenings. The role of Huey is played by Jon Robyns on Thursday evening and holiday dates

Cast and Creative


Beverley Knight as Felicia
Killian Donnelly as Huey (Until July 6)
Matt Cardle as Huey (From July 6)
Rolan Bell as Delray
Jason Pennycooke as Bobby
Tyrone Huntley as Gator
Claire Machin as Gladys
Mark Roper as Mr. Simmons
Rachel John as Alternate Felicia
Jon Robyns as Alternate Huey


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
Dean Maynard
Devon McKenzie Smith
Tim Newman
Simon Ray Harvey
Ashley Rumble
Kyle Seeley
Helen Siveter
Dawnita Smith
Alex Thomas


Director - Christopher Ashley

Lyrics - Joe DiPietro and David Bryan

Music - David Bryan

Choreography - Sergio Trujillo

Scenic Design - David Gallo

Costume Design - Paul Tazewell

Lighting Design - Howell Binkley

Sound Design - Ken Travis



Best New Musical


Best Sound Design - Gareth Owen

Best Theatre Choreographer - Sergio Trujillo


Best Musical

Best Book of a Musical: Joe DiPietro

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: Music: David Bryan

Lyrics: Joe DiPietro, David Bryan

Best Orchestrations: Daryl Waters & David Bryan

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