Tix Now on Sale for London Production of Tony-Winning Hit Memphis, Starring Beverley Knight
By Andrew Gans
Tickets are now on sale for the London debut of the Tony Award-winning Joe DiPietro-David Bryan musical Memphis, which will begin previews Oct. 9 at the West End's Shaftesbury Theatre. Beverley Knight will star.
Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu, Leap of Faith) directed the original Broadway production of the musical that has Tony Award-winning book and lyrics by DiPietro (Nice Work If You Can Get It; I Love You, You're Perfect...) and Tony-winning music and lyrics by Bryan of Bon Jovi fame. The Broadway production ended its run Aug. 5, 2012, after 1,166 regular performances at the Shubert Theatre.
Ashley and Trujillo will repeat their work for the London production, which will also feature scenic design by David Gallo, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley and sound design by Ken Travis.
Memphis will officially open at the Shaftesbury Oct. 23. Additional casting will be announced.
The musical recouped its entire $12 million investment and is now on its second U.S. national tour.
Knight, who stars in the West End production of The Bodyguard, will play Felicia. The role was originated on Broadway by Montego Glover, who was Tony-nominated for her work.
Memphis won four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Original Score (Bryan and DiPietro), Best Book (DiPietro) and Best Orchestrations (Bryan and Daryl Waters).
Memphis is produced in London by Junkyard Dog Productions, Marlene and Kenny Alhadeff, Barbara Freitag, Joseph Smith and John Brant.
Shaftesbury Theatre is located on Shaftesbury Avenue. For tickets call 0207 379 5399 or visit memphisthemusical.com.
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