The producers of hit Broadway musical Memphis have landed the incredibly talented multi award-winning recording artist Beverley Knight for the show which opens this autumn.
Knight will star as club singer Felicia when the show comes to London’s West End.
Tickets have just gone on sale and preview performances will begin at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London from October 9.
Inspired by true events from the underground dance clubs of 1950s in Memphis, Tennessee, the show 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,” said Charles Isleworth, New York Times when he saw it on Broadway.
Directed by Christopher Ashley and with Choreography by Sergio Trujillo
Queen of British Soul Beverley Knight has been one of the UK’s most consistent artists of the past 15 years. She has sold over a million albums in the UK, including four gold certified albums.
She was awarded an MBE by The Queen in 2007 for her services to British music and her charity work, has won three MOBO Awards, and been nominated for Best Female at the Brit Awards three times and for the Mercury Music Prize twice.
Her live performances have gained her a legion of famous fans, from David Bowie to Prince, Take That to Quincy Jones.
Most recently, Beverley made her west end debut in The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre.