Memphis the Musical, The Shaftesbury Theatre
Cast includes Beverley Knight (until 17 Oct 2015), Matt Cardle. (Beverley Knight does not appear at all performances. She is not scheduled to perform on Monday evenings or Wednesday matinees) Note: From 6 July 2015 Beverley Knight and Matt Cardle are not scheduled to perform at Wednesday matinee performances. Featuring an original score with gospel, rhythm & blues, and early rock 'n' roll fused with Byran’s own contemporary sensibility, Memphis follows the fictionalized life story of young, white radio disc jockey Huey Calhoon growing up in Memphis, Tennessee in the 1950’s. An unlikely hero with a great love of the music he hears in the black bars on Beale Street, Huey’s on-air antics and unstoppable enthusiasm for 'race records' creates a new white audience for African-American music. His personal life transcends the race line as well, when he falls in love with a beautiful black singer - with dramatic consequences.