Elvis (musical)

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"Elvis" - The Musical
Music Various Artists
Lyrics Various Artists
Book Jack Good
Ray Cooney
Basis The life and music of Elvis Presley

1977 West End

1996 West End

Elvis is a jukebox musical based upon the life of Elvis Presley, conceived and directed by Jack Good and Ray Cooney. It tells the story of Elvis Presley's life and career, from the beginning until his death. The original cast included Shakin' Stevens, who later became the top-selling UK singles artist of the 1980s [1] and Tracey Ullman.

Production history[edit]

1977 production[edit]

The original West End production opened on November 28, 1977 at the Astoria Theatre in London which had been converted from being a Cinema especially for the show by Laurie Marsh.[2] Elvis was portrayed by four actors over the course of its run: Tim Whitnall as Elvis in his early years; Shakin' Stevens as Elvis in his army and movie star years; and PJ Proby as Elvis in his Las Vegas years, and later was played by Bogdan Kominowski (Mr. Lee Grant). Live musical accompaniment was provided by the rock and roll revival group, Fumble.[3] Overthefootlights.co.uk records that it played for 614 performances [1] which would indicate that the show closed in late April 1979. (This can be confirmed by the fact that many of the cast went on to perform in the 1979 revival of Grease which previewed at the Bristol Hippodrome in May 1979).[4] The show later went on for a National Tour

Production team[edit]

  • Producer and co-devisor - Ray Cooney
  • Director and co-devisor - Jack Good
  • Designer - Patrick Robertson
  • Lighting - David Hersey
  • Costumes - Rosemary Vercoe
  • Sound - Autograph
  • AV - Ray Millichope
  • Musical Director - Keith Strachan
  • Musical Supervisor and co-writer - Harry Robinson
  • Assistant director - Annabel Leventon
  • Choreographer - Carole Todd


  • PJ Proby (listed as James Proby in programme) - Older Elvis (later replaced by Bogdan)
  • Bogdan Kominowski (see Mr Lee Grant) - Older Elvis
  • Shakin' Stevens - Middle Elvis
  • Tim Whitnall - Young Elvis
  • Helen Baker - Singer and Dancer
  • Tanith Banbury - Singer and Dancer
  • Anna Macleod - Singer and Dancer
  • Yael O'Dwyer - Singer and Dancer
  • Tracey Ullman - Dance Captain and Singer / Dancer
  • Richard Ashley - Singer and Dancer
  • Paul Felber - Singer and Dancer
  • Stephen Leigh - Singer and Dancer
  • Richard Piper - Singer and Dancer
  • Shaun Simon - Singer and Dancer


1996 production[edit]

In 1996, Bill Kenwright Ltd mounted a modified production at the Prince Of Wales Theatre, directed by Keith Strachan and Carole Todd. PJ Proby returned as Las Vegas Elvis, Tim Whitnall as mid-period Elvis, and Alexander Bar[6] joined them as young Elvis. Various song changes were made to the initial 1977 production. After transferring to the Piccadilly Theatre in 1997, the show toured the UK until 2000.

Musical numbers[7][edit]


  1. ^ Caroline Sullivan (22 December 2005). "Shakin' Stevens, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  2. ^ Souvenir programme for "Elvis"
  3. ^ Fumble, Angie,. "FUMBLE in Elvis – The Musical". www.fumbleontheweb.com. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "Grease (London Revival, 1979)". www.ovrtur.com. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  5. ^ Keith Strachan Musical director of 1977 production and co-director of 1996 production.
  6. ^ Alexander Bar
  7. ^ MusicalHeaven.com

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