The complete cast is now set for the West End premiere of the Tony-winning musical Memphis. Joining the previously announced Beverley Knight as Felicia Farrell and Killian Donnelly as Huey Calhoun are Rolan Bell as Delray, Tyrone Huntley as Gator, Claire Machin as Gladys, Jason Pennycooke as Bobby and Mark Roper as Mr. Simmons. Under the direction of Christopher Ashley, the tuner will begin performances on October 9 at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Opening night is set for October 23.
The ensemble will feature 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.
With an original score by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan and a book by Joe DiPietro, Memphis takes place in the segregated '50s, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. The show won four Tony Awards in 2010, including Best Musical.
The production will feature the work of many members of the Broadway engagement’s creative team: choreographer Sergio Trujillo, set designer David Gallo, costume designer Paul Tazewell and lighting designer Howell Binkley. Joining the team is Gareth Owen as sound designer.