Memphis the Musical – Shining Masterpiece

The lavish West End is one of the most iconic and influential areas of London and is always buzzing with a vibrant energy that could give Broadway a run for its money. After you have splashed the cash on Bond Street, sipped Afternoon Tea, explored the grandiose sights of Buckingham Palace and taken a horse drawn carriage ride through Hyde Park, it’s time to hit the bright lights of the fabulous West End.

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Nothing compares to a West End experience especially when you step out in style with dinner and drinks before you hit the fabulous theatres.

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One of the hottest shows gracing the stage this season has to be the fast paced, fun and frolics of Memphis the Musical.

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With a rock and roll score, dazzling dance routines and award-winning performances from an incredible cast, Memphis will sweep you off your feet.

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The story is inspired by real life events from Memphis in the 1950’s and follows the fame, forbidden love and underground dance hall scene of a DJ and club singer seeking their big break.

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The beautiful and highly talented Beverley Knight steals the show in her role as Felicity. Over the past 15 years Beverley Knight has been hailed the Queen of British Soul with a million albums sold and a handful of prestigious awards granted, including an MBE by the Queen.

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Her stage counterpart Killian Donnelly is no stranger to the big stage of the West End with previous performances in Billy Elliot, Les Miserables and The Commitments earning him a bespoke reputation for being a star.

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Yet regardless of the big names boosting the beauty of the stage, the whole performance put together is a shining masterpiece. The music is fast paced and edged with rhythm and soul, rock and roll and a hint of electrifying energy that will leave you clinging to the corner of your seat.

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David Bryan and Joe DiPietro work their mastery using influences from every crisp corner of musical history to make a score that will have you tapping your toes at every turn.

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The dance routines take their inspiration from the fabulous fifties yet surpass expectations with their rich innovation and generous serving of the wow factor.

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What lies at the heart of Memphis has to be the intricate story of searing emotion, the relevance of theme and the unstoppable tour de force of the larger than life characters.

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Critics are falling over in deep admiration for the ‘something different’ feel that follows in the footsteps of Memphis; this is a story of dreams and despair but told in a way, with first-class acting and a soundtrack that is sure to delight and inspire everyone who crosses the threshold and experiences it first-hand.

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Indeed for revelers of the magic of the Memphis Musical their only wish could be to grab the hand of their partner and rush the stage to join in the fun. As far as seasonal musicals go, it’s clear that Memphis should be at the top of your Christmas wish list.

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Shaftesbury Theatre 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP Website: www.memphisthemusical.com/default.asp

 

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Roxanne Genier

Luxury Brand Management Consultant at Roxy Genier
Roxanne or Roxy, founder of Luxe In A City, was nominated as one of the Top 5 Luxury Travel Bloggers by the readers of USA Today. Aside from overseeing this luxury travel blog, she spends her time teaching how to perfect the feeling of luxury to authentic niche brands while traveling the world with her family.
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