Four & five star reviews for Memphis The Musical

Four & five star reviews for Memphis The Musical

Updated On: May 1, 2018
By Nicki McIntyre
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    Memphis The Musical opened at the West End's Shaftesbury Theatre last night, receiving four and five stars from critics.

    With five stars the Daily Mail's Quentin Letts called Memphis a “feelgood… joyous show”. Broadway’s latest import boasts “good music and great performances” from Beverley Knight and leading man Killian Donnelly.

    Dominic Cavendish of The Telegraph gave Memphis four stars, declaring “Shaftesbury Avenue is now being lit up by this dynamic, recent Tony Award-winning US hit. It boasts some of the most thrilling vocal work you'll find on the London stage, in its roof-raising evocation of the birth of rock’n’ roll. David Bryan and Joe DiPietro, who between them have produced book, lyrics and score, adopt different genres – gospel, blues rock, ballads, even girl-group pop.”

    The “extraordinary” Knight “excels,” and “charismatic” Donnelly “brings winning verve to the role, summoning irreverent shades of Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam.”

    The Guardian's Michael Billington also gave four stars, calling Memphis “delightful… propelled as much by DiPietro’s book as by the pounding score of Bryan, a founder member of Bon Jovi… The music captures the heady excitement of a moment when pop was undergoing seismic change.”

    Beverley Knight is one of the best soul singers around, and she duly combines charisma and power alongside a Sinatra-like Killian Donnelly [who is] something of a revelation. He conveys all of Huey's good-natured naivety while also proving… that he can punch across a song with real panache.”

    Now playing at the Shaftesbury Theatre, book your Memphis The Musical tickets today!