London will officially celebrate the birth of rock 'n' roll! As previously reported, Beverley Knight will star as Felicia in the Tony-winning Memphis in London’s West End. The musical will begin performances October 9, with opening night set for October 23.
Knight is currently making her West End debut in The Bodyguard. Known as the Queen of British Soul, she has sold over a million albums in the U.K., scoring several top 10 hits and four gold certified albums. Knight has released six studio albums to date and her hit singles include “Greatest Day,” “Get Up!” and “Come as You Are.” She appeared on BBC One’s Just the Two of Us and performed at London’s 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony.
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.
With an original score by David Bryan and book by Joe DiPietro, the production will be directed by Christopher Ashley, with choreography by Sergio Trujillo, scenic design by David Gallo, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley and sound design by Ken Travis.