THE COMMITMENTS' Killian Donnelly to Join Beverley Knight in MEMPHIS in the West End
The Daily Mail writes that Killian Donnelly will be joining Beverley Knight (The Bodyguard) in MEMPHIS when it opens in the West End this fall. Donnelly is currently starring in The Commitments at the Palace Theatre through September 14. MEMPHIS begins previews October 9 at London's Shaftesbury Theatre, with an opening slated for October 23.
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Multi award-winning recording artist Knight will star as club singer 'Felicia' when the show comes to London's West End this autumn. MEMPHIS, winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical has Grammy Award-winning original score by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan and book by Joe DiPietro.
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.
Directed by Christopher Ashley and with Choreography by Sergio Trujillo, MEMPHIS has Scenic Design by David Gallo, Costume Design by Paul Tazewell, Lighting Design by Howell Binkley and Sound Design Ken Travis.
Donnelly kicked off his career in the chorus of The Wireman at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin in 2005. He later appeared in Olympia Theatre's Singin' in the Rain and The Full Monty, Solstice's West Side Story, Aladdin and Michael Collins: A Musical Drama at the Cork Opera House, Cinderella back at the Gaiety and in Sweeney Todd at the Gate. He appeared in the 2008 West End production of Les Miserables and rose through the ranks with the show through 2011. He went on to appear in the 25th Anniversary concert of LES MIS at the O2 Arena. He then appeared as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre, followed by a stint as Tony in Billy Elliot in 2012. Now, he's rocking it out in The Commitments.